Dec. 1, 2007
ALBANY, N.Y. - The Siena women's basketball team cruised to a 61-50 victory over cross-town rival UAlbany (1-7) this evening at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. Laura Menty, Melissa Manzer and Shondaya Burrell each posted double-figures in the winning effort. With the victory, Siena (4-4) reaches the .500 plateau by winning four of its last five contests.
"This was a great stretch of wins for us. It gives us confidence going into MAAC play," said head coach Gina Castelli. "Our team is really learning what it takes to win games like this."
Siena took a 29-20 advantage into intermission. The Saints saw their largest lead of the contest (27-13) at the 3:37 mark when Burrell connected on a fast break lay-up thanks to a crafty pass by freshman guard Madel Gimpes. The hoop capped a Siena 9-0 run.
Menty led the Saints into intermission with 10 first half points. Burrell nearly posted a double-double over the first 20 minutes with nine points and eight rebounds. She finished with 13 points on the night.
UAlbany shot a dismal 25% from the field and missed its first 10 3-point field goal attempts. The Great Danes went 2-for-17 from beyond the arc over the contest.
The Great Danes made a second half surge cutting its deficit to three (46-43) off a Tanika Thrower lay-up with 5:48 on the clock. Thrower posted a game-high 18 points in 29 minutes of action.
Manzer responded immediately knocking down a 3-pointer on the very next possession. At the 2:49 mark, she connected on her third trey of the night to give Siena a 52-43 lead. She finished with 15 points going a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Siena knocked down its free-throws down the stretch to secure the victory. With the win, the Saints improve to 9-3 all-time versus UAlbany.
Menty led the Saints with 16 points marking her eighth consecutive game scoring in double-figures. She also went a perfect 6-for-6 from the line.
Senior co-captain Liga Alpe-Luka was efficient on both ends of the court. She tallied a game-high six assists and swiped three steals.