Nov. 22, 2013
BURLINGTON, VT. - Kaili Lukan scored 13 of her career-high 16 points in the second half as Green Bay grinded past gritty Siena 63-52 in the TD Bank Classic at Patrick Gymasium. Senior guard Kanika Cummings led the Saints with 14 points.
Taking on the 15-time defending Horizon League Champions which won 29 games a year ago, Siena (1-2) held its own throughout.
After Green Bay (3-1) scored the first seven points, Siena responded by making four of its first five shots to ultimately take its first lead 14-13 at the 12:02 mark. The Phoenix would later reclaim the lead and go up by 10, but the resilient Saints scored the final six points off the half to pull within four, 34-30 at the break.
Cummings scored 10 of her 14 points and added three steals in the opening stanza as Siena's pressure gave the Phoenix fits. Green Bay, which came in averaging just 12 turnovers in their first three games and ranked 13th nationally in turnovers last year, coughed it up 12 times in the first half. Siena capitalized by scoring 16 points off those early miscues.
In the second half Siena got as close as a point, 36-35 on a Tehresa Coles three with 17:59 remaining, but could never reclaim the lead. The Phoenix, which ranked second nationally in scoring defense last season, answered with a methodical 12-1 run and held the Saints without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes.
Siena rallied one final time to within seven, 48-41 with 8:05 remaining, but Green Bay answered with a 7-0 run and some clutch threes late by Lukan to put it away. Lukan shot 4-5 from three and was joined in double figures by her older sister Megan who added 10 points and five assists.
Coles joined Cummings in double figures for the Saints with 11 points while Kelsey Booth added eight points off the bench.
The Saints will play the loser of tonight's second matchup between North Florida and host Vermont in Saturday's TD Bank Classic Consolation Game at 5 p.m.