HAMILTON, NY - Siena Women's Basketball pulled off a thrilling overtime 73-70 victory over Colgate on the road. The Saints outscored the Raiders 28-15 in the final quarter and overtime to push ahead and grab the victory.
Sabrina Piper led Siena (3-3) with 18 points, three swipes and three assists. Kollyns Scarbrough notched her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Maddie Sims came off the bench and knocked down 16 points and grabbed eight boards.
Tegan Graham led Colgate (3-4) with 18 points and five rebounds. Raider's leading scorer, Summer King who was averaging 12.8 points per game and 10 rebounds per game before the game tallied 10 points and seven rebounds. Kateri Stone came off the bench and recorded 17 points.
Sending Piper to the charity stripe with 5.5 seconds remaining in overtime is what would seal the deal for the Saints victory as the sophomore drained both and put Siena up 73-70. Before that, Colgate had a chance to tie it up and take the lead with Thompson at the line, but the sophomore missed her first and a lane violation would negate her second free throw and keep Siena ahead. Siena was then able to hold off the Raiders on their final possession to take the road victory.
With 31.9 seconds in regulation, Piper hit her third trey of the game and tied it all up at 64. The Raiders would not be able to get the go-ahead basket and Siena and Colgate was forced settle in overtime.
Siena turned it on in the fourth quarter after trailing 55-45 after three frames played. The Saints would hold Colgate to just nine points, and Colgate's leading scorer Summer King with 1:20 remaining would head to the bench with five fouls.
Colgate came into the third quarter on a 6-0 run and cut the Saints lead 37-36. It would be a back-and-forth frame with both teams exchanging buckets. With 36 seconds left, Karolina Severova would compete the three-point play and put the Saints down by just five, 50-45. The Raiders would then drain five straight free throws to end the frame and lead 55-45.
The Saints held on in the second quarter despite the Raiders shooting 73% from the field (8-11), going 1-1 from beyond the arc and 2-2 from the free-throw line. Siena lead 36-31 at the half. Colgate's trouble came with traveling violations while Siena's defense remained tough to forced 14 turnovers, seven in the frame, which Siena turned into 16 of their 36 points.
Just halfway into the first quarter, all five starters for the Saints had already scored as Siena led 10-7. Both teams went through scoring droughts throughout the frame, but Siena remained in control. To end the quarter, the Saints went on a 7-0 run including a jumper at the buzzer by Aaliyah Jones to put the Saints up 20-12.
The Saints continue their three-game road-trip when they travel to Piscataway, New Jersey to take on Big Ten contender Rutgers on Saturday, December 2. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.