Dec. 4, 2004
The Siena women's basketball team claimed their first league victory against Marist with a 56-50 overtime win before a receptive 2003-04 MAAC ring ceremony crowd at the McCann Center Friday night. The Saints used a 12-0 run in the last three minutes of regulation to tie the game at 46-46, forcing an overtime period. The Saints went on to score 10 points in overtime, including going 5-6 from the free throw line to take the win.
Senior tri-captain Alexis Darling got Siena off to a quick start with a big three at the top of the key with just forty seconds into the game. The two teams traded missed baskets for the next three minutes until sophomore guard Katelyn Dooley put the Saints up 5-0. The Red Foxes fought back and took an 11-7 lead after a three-pointer and a steal by sophomore Alisa Kresge, followed by a rebound, lay-up and free throw made by classmate Shannon Minter. The Red Foxes held onto the lead for the remainder of the half, going up by as many as eight, 22-14 after a Kresge lay-up. Marist took a 24-21 lead into the break.
At the break, Dooley led the Saints with eight points (3-4) from the field and 2-2 from the stripe. She managed to snatch three steals.
By the start of the second half, Siena battled back as freshman Laura Menty got to work with nine straight points to pull the Saints within two at 34-32 with 8:20 remaining. Marist expanded their lead as Fifi Camara got to work on offense, leading the Red Foxes to a 46-34 lead with 3:22 remaining. The Saints tallied 12 straight to tie the game, including clutch free throws from Menty.
With 2:17 left to play, junior Michelle Blot banked a three-pointer, followed by a Lauren Surber block and a steal that put Menty at the stripe to put the Saints within a basket. With :52 on the clock, Blot stole the ball from Kristin Keller; then passed it off to Melissa Manzer who jacked up a three pointer followed by a fast break lay-up as time expired to knot the contest, 46-46, forcing five minutes of play.
In overtime, it was the M & M connection on the charity line that secured the victory, forcing the Red Foxes record to 2-2 (0-1 MAAC). Menty finished with a team high 16 points and six rebounds while Manzer added 12 points.
"This was just a great team win tonight," head coach Gina Castelli said. "We really took control on the boards and limited their second shot opportunities. We played well as a team. I'm very proud of this win."
Statistically, Siena out-rebounded Marist 56-50, held a 27-20 advantage from the stripe, while the Saints bench roasted the Red Foxes, 32-11 (points), and junior Whitney Cave grabbed a game high of 12 caroms.
Camara finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds, a team high for the Red Foxes.
The Saints continue to dominate the record books, as they own the series 28-7. Tonight's victory extends their nine season winning streak over Marist dating back to the 1995-96 season, when the fell to the Red Foxes, 63-66.
The Saints are back in action on Sunday when they host the Gaels from Iona College, game time is slated for 3 p.m.