Rhode Island Fends off Saints

Lily Grenci scored 12 of the Saints' final 17 points

Nov. 17, 2012

Box Score

KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island opened the second half on a 16-1 run and held Siena without a field goal for 12:42 as the Saints fell 47-39 to the Rams Saturday at the Ryan Center. Senior captain Lily Grenci led the Saints with 18 points and seven rebounds.

Siena (1-2) shot just 24.1% (13-54) from the field and committed 24 turnovers.

Trailing 7-4 early, the Saints responded with a 10-2 run and led for the remainder of the first half. Siena took a 21-16 lead into the lockerroom.

But Rhode Island (2-1) came out firing in the second half and built as large as a 10-point lead, 32-22, midway through the stanza. But led by Grenci and sophomore Tehresa Coles, the Saints nearly came back.

Grenci scored 12 of the Saints' final 17 points and Coles forced several turnovers on defense and added a key three. Siena got as close as 39-37 with 1:09 remaining, but could get no closer.

Emilie Cloutier led Rhode Island with 10 points and freshman Samantha Tabakman added five points and 13 key rebounds off the bench for the Rams which have now won consecutive games after having lost 27 in a row.

Coles finished with eight points, six rebounds and five steals, leading an aggressive Siena defense which finished with a season-high 12 steals and forced 25 Rhode Island turnovers.

Siena returns to action for the Third Annual Blue Shield of Northeastern New York Kid's Day Tuesday at the ARC. The Saints host North Carolina A&T at 11 a.m. and already more than 1,800 children from nine Capital Region-area schools are confirmed to attend.