Nov. 14, 2008
Chandrea Jones scored 33 points and Erica Morrow dropped 25 to lead BIG EAST power Syracuse over Siena 89-75 in the season opener for both schools Friday in Loudonville. Junior college transfer Allie Lindemann scored 17 of her 20 points in the first half and freshman Brittany Wilwohl scored 19 points in a losing effort for the Saints.
Lindemann got the Saints off to a strong start, scoring 14 of her 20 points in the first seven minutes of the game. She made four of her first six 3-pointers and finished the game 6-12 from long range. The Saints took their biggest lead of the game, 29-20, on a 3-pointer from freshman Charlieann Chacon from the top of the key with 8:02 left in the first half.
Playing with a lineup consisting of almost entirely new players, the Saints shot Syracuse out of its zone defense late in the first half. The Orange switched to a trapping pressure defense and took the lead, 33-31, with a 13-2 run culminating on a Juanita Ward layup with 2:09 left before intermission.
The Orange led 36-34 at the half and opened up a 46-36 lead on a 3-point play by Morrow at the 17:37 mark. They led 62-49 with 11:28 to go, when Siena used a 13-4 run to close within 67-63 with 7:22 to go. Morrow scored 10 of Syracuse's next 11 points as the Orange again built a double-digit lead to put the game away.
The Saints received solid production up and down their revamped roster. Four players scored in double figures. Sophomore Serena Moore scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds before leaving with a head injury late in the game. Senior captain Heather Stec scored all 11 of her points in the second half to complete a double-double that included a team-high 10 rebounds. She added a career high five assists and tied her career best with three steals.
Syracuse's starters meanwhile accounted for 81 of the team's 89 points. Reserve Juanita Ward did a grab a game-high 14 boards to go along with her eight points.
Siena made 13-33 3-pointers. The 13 3's accounted for half of the team's field goals. Syracuse meanwhile shot 37 free throws, making 27 and tallied 14 steals.
The Saints return to action Monday when they host Rhode Island in the front end of a men's/women's doubleheader at Times Union center at 5:30 p.m.