Nov. 21, 2004
The Siena women's basketball team (0-1) dropped its season opener to the University of Maryland 73-52 this afternoon in front of 2,816 fans in Comcast Center. It marks the first time the Saints have fallen to Maryland.
The Saints received double figures from two players in the loss. Katelyn Dooley (Troy, NY) scored a team high 15 points and three assist and junior forward Whitney Cave (Portland, Ore.) nabbed 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds with 12 points. A third Saint, Lauren Surber (West Sayville, N.Y.) fell one point shy with nine points.
The Saints were hot offensively in the first half and managed to stay within six points of the Terrapins lead. The Saints closed out the half with a 6-2 run, cutting the Terrapins margin to 35-23. Maryland's offense could not connect early in the second half, and the Saints closed within when junior Michelle Blot connected on two three pointers to put the Saints within seven points (47-40) with 10:11 left to play in the second half.
"We played a really good game; we sustained our play and we held up to their method of play", said Associate Head Coach Andrea Woodbury.
The score remained within a one-digit margin past the eight-minute mark until the Terrapins Anesia Smith swiped six points from the charity stripe to put the Saints down by double digits
The Saints out-rebounded the Terrapins 40-37. After both teams shot 40% from the field for the game, the Saints shot 58% while Maryland shot 62% from the free throw line. The Saints also claimed four blocks, led by senior tri-captain Alexis Darling with two.
The Saints travel to Virginia Commonwealth for their next contest, facing the Rams 7 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, November 23.
Fans can listen live to the pre-game at 6:30 p.m. with Play-By-Play Broadcaster Ryan Smith calling the action online via www.wvcr.com or www.sienasaints.com