Saints Fall To Top-Ranked Connecticut, 69-45

Dec. 2, 2003

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The University of Connecticut used a 27-5 second-half surge to gain enough momentum to earn a 24-point victory over a very determined Siena College women's basketball team Tuesday night at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut. The win extended the Huskies' home winning streak to 67 games while the loss dropped the Saints to 2-3 on the season.

Siena took advantage of several UConn turnovers in the first four minutes of play, establishing a seven-point lead at the 17:08 mark with a 9-2 score, netting seven of those nine points off of turnovers. The Green and Gold remained in the driver's seat throughout much of the first half, with UConn posting their first lead at 14-13 on a basket by Ann Strother with 9:52 remaining. The two teams saw three more ties before Siena regained their lead at the 4:29 mark on a jumper by Trish Lyons. The Huskies ended the half with a 9-1 run, however, taking a 29-23 lead into halftime.

UConn began the second half on fire, opening up play with a 27-5 run in the first eight minutes for a 58-28 score. But true to Saint form, the Green and Gold refused to go away quietly, ending the Husky run abruptly and scoring 17 points while holding UConn to just 13 in the final 12 minutes of play for a 69-45 final score in favor of the home team.

Jolene Johnston led the Saints, scoring 12 points while adding a game-high eight rebounds. Liene Jansone also managed double figures, netting 10 and pulling in 7 boards.

Ann Strother scored a game-high 14 points while Barbara Turner scored all of her 12 points in the second half to help the Huskies capture the win. The outstanding defensive play demonstrated by Siena's Michelle Blot kept UConn's All-American Diana Taurasi to just 13 points.

Although plagued by 24 turnovers, the Saints matched the country's top team on the boards, grabbing a total of 35 rebounds. The Green and Gold also recorded eight steals

The Saints open up MAAC play this weekend as they host Niagara University on Friday at the Alumni Recreation Center. Game-time is scheduled for 7 p.m.