Nov. 28, 2007
Philadelphia, Pa. - Senior tri-captain Laura Menty posted 18 points to help lead the Siena women's basketball team to a 59-55 victory over Drexel (1-5) this evening in Philadelphia. Siena (3-4) guards Melissa Manzer and Shondaya Burrell also scored in double-figures to secure the Saints third road win of the 2007-08 campaign. Drexel guard Narissa Suber notched a game-high 22 points in the losing effort.
"This was another good win for us," Castelli confirmed. "I thought overall we had a good team effort. We were able to do a really good job of stopping their paint players and get ourselves on the free-throw line."
Merrick Volpe knocked down a 3-pointer at the 17:32 mark to get the Saints started as Siena cruised into intermission with a 34-25 advantage. Menty scored eight of Siena's final 10 points of to close out the first half. She went 8-for-9 from the free-throw line and completed the first 20 minutes with 14 points.
The Saints used Manzer's 3-pointer 46 seconds into the second half to spark the Siena offensive attack. With the hoop, she extended the Saints lead to 37-25, it's largest of the game. Manzer finished with 12 points on the evening.
Drexel responded with a 9-0 run as it mounted a second half comeback. The Dragons eventually managed to take a 50-49 advantage off a Suber 3-pointer with 7:01 on the clock marking Drexel's only lead of the contest.
On the next Siena possession, Burrell drove the left baseline, sliced through the Dragons defense and converted on a lay-up to retake the lead. She knocked down the Saints next three baskets giving Siena a 57-53 advantage. Burrell posted 11 points on the night.
The Dragons cut its deficit to two points and had an opportunity to even the score with seconds remaining. Drexel forward Gabriela Marginean took the ball to the goal, but was met by the Saints quick help defense that forced an altered shot and secured the rebound.
The Saints bench outscored Drexel 19-9. Freshman forward Cathy Cockrum notched a career best six points on a pair of 3-point field goals coming off the bench.
"We had great production from our bench. Cathy came in and hit some big three pointers that got us going," said Castelli.
The victory marks Siena's third in its last four road contests. The Saints return to action on Saturday for its annual Albany Cup match up with UAlbany. Tip off is set for 5 p.m. at the Times Union Center.