Nov. 15, 2002
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Liene Jansone poured in 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Siena College to a 83-66 victory over Syracuse University in front of a crowd of 2101 at the Alumni Recreation Center on the campus of Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. With the win, the Saints will travel to University Park to face the Lady Lions of Penn State in the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) quarterfinals.
Siena (1-0) jumped out to an early lead, scoring 12 points while holding the Orangewomen to only four during the first six minutes of action and never looked back as they led Syracuse (0-1) throughout the entire game. The Saints took a commanding 40-27 lead into halftime as senior Erica Anderson (North Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) sank a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Julie McBride hit a pair of three pointers to jump-start a 13-4 Syracuse run that pulled the Orangewomen within four points of the Saints with 17:36 left to play. But Siena slowly extended their lead, taking a 60-50 advantage with a little over eight minutes remaining in regulation on a three-pointer by junior Nathalie Marchino (Geneva, Switzerland/Dewitt Clinton). Syracuse was unable to make another run at a comeback, eventually falling to the Saints 83-66.
Four Siena players reached double figures, with Jansone leading the way as she matched her career-high with 29 points. Gunta Basko (Olaine, Latvia/Riga Secondary #3) had 18 points and nine rebounds, Anderson netted 16 points and dished out seven assists and Sarah Craft (South Glens Falls, N.Y./South Glens Falls/Mitchell (CT) CC) chipped in with ten points.
Syracuse was led by Julie McBride who banked 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. Shannon Perry finished with a double-double on the night for the Orangewomen as she had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Rochelle Coleman also managed double figures, sinking 15 points.
Siena will travel to University Park to face the Lady Lions of Penn State in the quarterfinal round of the Preseason WNIT on Sunday, November 17. Game-time is set for 1:00 p.m.