Nov. 26, 2008
ROCHESTER, Mich. – Siena women’s basketball lost 87-67 in a non-conference game to Oakland University Wednesday evening in Rochester, Mich. Freshman Cristina Centeno led the Saints with 17 points, her highest total of the season. Oakland shot 56% from the field and opened the game 22-0.
“I thought we played a good second half,” said head coach Gina Castelli. “We just got down by too much in the first half.”
Oakland (3-2) almost blew Siena out of the building in the opening minutes of the game, building a 22-0 lead in the first 6:30. The Golden Grizzlies shot over 60% from the field for much of the first half while the Saints finished 9-28 (32.1%).
Siena (0-5) scored their first points of the game at 13:26 on a Heather Stec jumper to make it 22-2. Siena continued to make turnovers, committing 15 in the first half. Oakland took advantage with 22 points off the miscues. Siena averaged 21 turnovers per contest thought their first four games of the season.
April Kidd led the Golden Grizzlies, making her first six shots from the field for 13 points. Centeno was a bright spot for Siena, leading the team with 10 points at the end of the half. She shot 4-6 from the floor including two 3-pointers, significantly better than her 15% in the first four games. Charlieann Chacon had her most productive half of the season, making her only shot attempt (a 3-pointer) and adding three rebounds, two assists and two steals in eight minutes.
“Our guard-play was a lot better tonight,” said Castelli. “Merrick and Charlie both played very well and Cristina had a really good offensive game. Everyone off the bench contributed.”
Siena’s bench outscored Oakland 28-18.
Siena showed signs of a comeback, working the deficit down to 15 with 11:15 remaining after a Chacon 3-pointer. But the Golden Grizzlies went on a 9-2 run to make it 68-46.
Siena battled back again as Merrick Volpe and Allie Lindemann hit three’s in a 35 second span to make it 75-61 with 4:37 remaining. The 14-point deficit was as close as they’d get. Oakland continued dominating the paint, scoring 22 in the second half. Oakland outscored Siena 50-16 in the paint and 20-0 on the fast break for the game. Jessica Pike led all scorers with 20 points. Britney Carnago and Kidd chipped in with 19 and 16 respectively.
Siena finished the game 26-66 (39.4%) from the field and 10-32 (31.3%) from 3-point range. Chacon hit all four of her shots in the game with three 3-pointers. She finished with 11 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes off the bench. Stec and Fullmer were contained as they combined for just 10 points. The Saints used eight assists to five turnovers to help fuel their second half comeback attempt.
Siena returns to action Sunday when they play Harvard in Loudonville. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m.