Tehresa Coles had six of the Saints' 20 steals
Nov. 24, 2012
VESTAL, N.Y. - Siena Women's Basketball could have been charged with theft Saturday. The Saints forced 27 turnovers and swiped 20 steals en route to a skillful 62-44 victory over Binghamton at the Events Center.
Lily Grenci led three Saints (2-3) in double figures with 13 points, while Tehresa Coles added a career-high tying 12 points and swiped six steals for the second straight game as Siena beat Binghamton (0-5) for the first time in program history.
Siena's defense was immensely impressive, pressuring the Bearcats throughout the full court for the complete 40 minutes. The Saints added 21 points off turnovers and frustrated the Bearcats all night long.
Binghamton overcame its miscues early to go on an 11-0 run and take a 15-8 lead capped by a Jasmine Golden three at the 10:16 mark of the first half. Making her first career start at the point, the freshman led Binghamton with the first 13 points of her career.
But Siena's pressure defense would catch up with Binghamton. The Saints responded with a 16-3 run to take the lead back for good and harbored a 28-24 advantage at the half.
Siena came out flying to start the second half, scoring the first nine points of the stanza and led by double figures the rest of the way.
Kate Zarotney added 10 points off the bench as Siena's second unit held a 19-5 edge over that of the Bearcats. Jasbriell Swain contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists for Binghamton which has lost 10 of 11 dating back to last season.
The Saints return to action Wednesday when they face Big East foe Seton Hall. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. from South Orange, N.J.