Nov. 25, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Siena's 1,000th all-time game was not as memorable as the team had hoped for. The Saints shot just 31.3% from the field and a late 13-0 rally was not quite enough as North Carolina A&T posted a 67-53 victory over Siena Friday afternoon at the Corbett Sports Center.
Siena (1-3) trailed by 18 points (54-36) with just 8:34 left following a 13-0 run by the Aggies (4-2) which was capped by a four-point play from Kelsei Ewing.
But the resilient Saints responded with a 13-0 run of their own over the next four and a half minutes to make it a game again at 54-49 with 3:54 left.
Unfortunately, it would be as close as the Saints would get as Siena failed to hit its shots down the stretch and North Carolina A&T converted its free throws. The Saints made just 20 of their 64 shots, including an 0-12 showing from beyond the arc.
The Aggies meanwhile capitalized on the Saints' foul trouble throughout, connecting on 24 of their 32 free throws (75%). Siena shot just 13 for 23 from the charity stripe (56.5%).
Lily Grenci almost singlehandedly kept the Saints in the game, posting career-highs of 23 points and 18 rebounds. Remarkably, she achieved those numbers in just 26 foul plagued minutes.
But North Carolina A&T's swarming defense proved to be too much for the Saints to overcome. The Aggies forced 23 Siena turnovers, leading to 26 North Carolina A&T points.
Tracy King led four Aggies in double figures with 14 points, while JaQuayla Berry, Amber Calvin and Mikala Scott added 12 apiece. King was solid all-around, also shooting a perfect 6-6 from the foul line while swiping six of the Aggies' 17 steals.
The Saints return to action in eight days when they look to win back the Albany Cup from crosstown rival UAlbany. A doubleheader with the Siena men at the Times Union Center on Dec.3, the Saints and Great Danes tip off at 4 p.m.