Nov. 29, 2003
The Siena women's basketball team captured a 85-58 win over UC-Riverside in the consolation game of the Yellow Book Turkey Shootout hosted by Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. tonight. With the win the Saints picked up third place in the tournament and now stand at an even 2-2 on the season.
Both teams got off to a slow start, with just four points being scored in the first three minutes of play. But once the Saints and the Highlanders found their groove, the shoot-off began as the two teams constantly battled for the lead in the opening twenty minutes of play that saw eight ties and five lead changes.
The Green and Gold, who were playing without their leading scorer Liene Jansone, were forced to resort to their outside game and sank six first-half three pointers. The Saints scored just six points of their 35 first-half points in the paint. Jolene Johnston was a force to be reckoned with, scoring 10 of her eventual 19 points in the opening stanza.
With the Saints up by just one point with less than a minute remaining in the first, Nathalie Marchino drained a three with 12 seconds remaining for a 35-31 Siena advantage into halftime.
Siena emerged from the locker room energized, as they worked towards their first double-digit lead just five minutes into the second as Trish Lyons put away a three pointer to give the Saints a 44-34 advantage. It was all Green and Gold from then on, as Siena made a run and never looked back, rolling to their eventual 85-58 victory.
The Saints finished the game shooting 50 percent from the floor compared to just 30.2 percent by the Highlanders. The Saints tallied 13 three pointers, shooting 48.1 percent from behind the arc.
11 different Saints scored with Johnston earning game-high honors, scoring 19 points while adding five rebounds. Katelyn Dooley tallied double figures yet again, putting away 18 points, including four of six three pointers, and added four assists. Michelle Blot and Trish Lyons also managed double digits, recording 10 and 11 points respectively.
Siena will head back east tomorrow to get ready to travel to Storrs, Connecticut for a match up with two-time defending national champion University of Connecticut on Tuesday.