Nov. 23, 2013
BURLINGTON, VT. - Tehresa Coles calmly sank the game-tying and winning free throws with 6.1 seconds remaining as Siena rallied past North Florida 61-60 in the TD Bank Classic Consolation Game. The Saints had trailed by four points with less than a minute to go.
Down 60-56 Kanika Cummings converted a three-point play, hitting a driving layup and the ensuing free throw to pull Siena (2-2) within a point with 44 seconds remaining. Following a North Florida (2-4) turnover, Coles missed a right elbow jumper but was hit on the play, sending her to the charity stripe.
After the junior captain sunk both free throws, the Ospreys Brittney Wright went coast-to-coast but her driving layup was rejected by Meghan Donohue as the buzzer sounded and the Saints rejoiced.
The final sequence capped a wild second half. Siena harbored a 27-22 lead at the break, but in the final stanza the offenses came alive as both teams shot better than 50% from the floor.
Siena hit five of its first seven shots to open the half, capped by a Clara Sole Anglada layup off an inbounds pass that gave the Saints a 39-32 lead at the 16:07 mark. But Sole, who led the Saints with 15 points in 18 minutes, was injured on the play and did not return.
With Siena's top scorer out, North Florida took advantage making eight of their first nine shots of the half and ultimately pulled within 41-39 at the 14:35 mark.
Siena responded with an 8-0 run capped by back-to-back threes from Cummings and Brianna Logan to take its biggest lead of the game, 49-39 with 12:16 remaining. But North Florida wouldn't go away.
The Ospreys again rallied with a 13-4 run to pull within a point, 53-52 with 5:20 left. The Saints fended off North Florida for the next four minutes, before the Ospreys finally took the lead 56-55 on a Chandler Merkerson layup with 1:49 remaining. Reneisha Lamar followed moments later with a layup to give the Ospreys the 60-56 advantage with 65 seconds left.
Cummings, who was later named to the TD Bank Classic All-Tournament Team, joined Sole Anglada in double figures with 11 points and Donohue added nine points and eight rebounds. Coles finished with seven points and Symone Kelly and Kelsey Booth each added five off the bench in another balanced effort.
All-Tournament Team selection Destinee Smith led three Ospreys in double figures with 15 points to go along with four assists and four steals. Lamar (12 points, 12 rebounds) and Paulina Zaveckaite (10 points, 12 rebounds) each added double-doubles.
The Saints return home to close out the month of November with their first game this season at the ARC. Siena hosts Sacred Heart in a 7 p.m. tip off Tuesday night.