Nov. 27, 2004
Nashville, Tenn. - After holding off eventual third place University of Tennessee-Martin, the Saints faced nationally ranked #14 Vanderbilt University in the Championship game of the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament. The Saints fell to the Commodores, 76-47 at Memorial Gym in front of a crowd of 1,265 fans.
Led by freshman Melissa Manzer with 11points, the Saints finished in second place.
In the first half, the Commodores opened up with a 4-0 run, before tri-captain Michelle Blot let off a 3-pointer to silence the crowd to let them know that the Saints were in the building. The Commodores responded by capping a 15-0 run that was snapped when Manzer drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing, followed by a lay-up at the 7:59 mark.
The Commodores defense came up with 12 steals and forced the Saints to 18 first half turnovers. The Saints shot a dismal 19.0 % from the field and made two trips to the charity stripe to Vandy's seven.
Entering the second half, the Saints came out running and shooting 54.2 percent including 75 percent from three-point range. Siena held the advantage with three steals to VU's two and out-rebounded the `Dores 31-28.
As a team, three Saints led in a different statistical category, junior Whitney Cave collected four assists and four rebounds, while Blot and Katelyn Dooley finished with four boards, respectively; all three swiped a steal.
Freshman Laura Menty was named to the All-Tournament team, finishing with a two-day total of 9-17 from the field, 11-12 (FT) and two assists in 51 minutes of play. Abi Ramsey was named the tournament's most valuable player after scoring 20 points. Ashley Earley scored a game-high 21 points after converting 9-of-11 from the field.
The Saints play their first home game of the season against the Dukes of Duquesne. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Channel 3 in the Capital Region and on the radio waves of WVCR 88.3 The Saints fans can log on to www.wvcr.com to hear play-by-play action.
Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament
Vanderbilt - 1st Place
Siena - 2nd Place
Univ. of Rhode Island - 3rd Place
UT-Martin - 4th Place
Peta Kneen - University of Rhode Island
Andreika Jackson - UT-Martin
Laura Menty - Siena
Dee Davis - Vanderbilt
Ashley Earley - Vanderbilt
Most Valuable Player