Nov. 25, 2003
Big East powerhouse Boston College rolled to a 65-49 win over Siena at Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y. on Tuesday evening. The loss dropped the Saints to an even 1-1 on the season, while the win gave the Eagles a matching record.
After five minutes of trading baskets, Boston College spent the next five minutes making their first move towards building a sizeable lead, going up by eight points for a 20-14 score. The Eagles continued to increase that advantage, making it 12 with 7:47 left on the clock. The Saints halted the Eagle surge over the next four minutes, keeping them to just one bucket during that time span. But despite several attempts by the Saints to chip away at the Eagle lead, little by little they began to break away from the Saints in the remaining minutes of the first, building up a 21-point surplus at the end of the half. The two team's went into the locker room with a 39 to 18 score. Although Boston College maintained a lead over the Saints through about sixteen minutes of the 20 minutes of play, they were never able to pull away completely from the Saints as Siena refused to let down, making sure to keep the Eagles' runs to a minimum, ensuring that the game remained within reach.
Lisa Macchia bolstered the Eagles in the first, scoring 12 of her 16 points in that half, including six of Boston College's eleven points down the final three minute stretch. Liene Jansone kept the Saints alive, netting a eight points, while doing more than her share of the work underneath the basket, pulling in eight of the Saints' 11 first-half caroms. Turnovers seemed to be Siena's enemy as Boston College forced the Green and Gold to throw the ball away 13 times while committing just five turnovers themselves in the first 20 minutes of the game.
Although Boston College was only able to add six points to their 21-point advantage they brought with them into the second half, Siena's hard fought attempts to get back into the game were continuously thwarted by the Eagles, as they kept the Green and Gold at bay, never allowing them to get any closer than 21 points until the final three minutes of play. Down by that familiar half-time margin, with limited time on the clock, Siena refused to go away quietly hitting the boards with authority and driving to the basket with force, cutting the Eagle lead to their smallest advantage since the first period and pulling to within 18. With time running out, Trish Lyons hit the point home that Siena was not a team to let up, as she launched a three-pointer from behind half court for a buzzer shot that ended the game with a 65-49 final score.
The Saints shot just 31.3 percent from the floor, compared to 54.5 percent for the Eagles, with most of the Saints scoring power coming from Jansone who tallied her first double double of the season with a game-high 18 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman Katelyn Dooley made a strong appearance in just her second game with the Green and Gold, netting nine points, while adding two rebounds and two assists and two steals.
Macchia led Boston College with 16 points. Jessalyn Deveny and Amber Jacobs also managed double figures in the non-conference victory with 11 and 10, respectively.
The Saints are now headed out to Malibu, California for the Thanksgiving Holiday as they are set to take on Oklahoma in the first round of the Yellow Book Turkey Shootout hosted by Pepperdine University. Game-time on Friday, November 28 is set for 7:15 p.m. western time.