Nov. 26, 2004
Nashville, Tenn. - The Siena women's basketball team held University of Tennessee Martin to just two points over the final five minutes of the game and forced three turnovers during the same time frame as the Saints topped the Skyhawks in the first round of the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament Friday afternoon, 60-57. The win was the first for the Saints on the season.
Off the bench, freshman Laura Menty reached double figures in scoring for the Saints, she garnered 20 points and 12 rebounds a career best for the freshman forward. "Menty was one of the keys going into this game and she stepped up", said Associate Head Coach Andrea Woodbury.
Katelyn Dooley chipped in with 12 points, her third double digit scoring on the season. Defense was the key for the Saints in the first half, as Siena held the Skyhawks to 31.8 percent shooting and caused 10 turnovers. The stingy Skyhawks defense countered a 15-14 rebounding advantage for UT-Martin.
"We've been around each other for a while, and in the late situations, we're pretty familiar with what we want to do," said Head Coach Gina Castelli. "I thought we caught them off-guard a couple of times, and that helped us out a bit."
The Saints scored first and often early to put on the pressure, and with a Rachel Michalek three-pointer, Siena owned a 22-12 advantage with 17:00 gone in the first. But thanks to a 10-0 UT-Martin run on a pair of lay-ups, the Skyhawks ignited a run that was halted by a: 22 second jumper from tri-captain Lauren Surber to close within four, 26-22 at the break.
In the second half that featured seven lead changes and six ties, Siena took the lead for good with 7:53 to play on a lay-up by Menty. In her first collegiate career double-double, Menty went 6-14 from the field, including 8-9 from the charity stripe, while adding a game-best three blocked shots and nabbing a game-high 12 rebounds.
UT-Martin (1-2) was led by Andrieka Jackson 22 points while Deina Willingham added a team high nine rebounds off the bench for the Skyhawks.
The Saints face nationally ranked #14 Vanderbilt tomorrow at 4 p.m. CST. The host Commodores defeated Rhode Island in the opening contest of the tournament, 108-53.