Dec. 5, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Ida Krogh picked the perfect time to hit the biggest shot of her young collegiate career. Siena's sophomore guard confidently knocked down the game-winning three from the top of the key with 2.7 seconds remaining as the Saints rallied from 14 down to beat Maine 53-50 at the ARC.
Maine (1-7) had a chance to win moments earlier, but turned the ball over in a tie game with 9.9 seconds to go. From three-quarter court, Siena (3-5) inbounded the ball to Krogh who dribbled down the court, faked a pass and then stepped into the decisive shot.
Krogh's heroics capped a tremendous comeback by the Saints. Earlier in the half, Maine had taken its biggest lead of the game when Chantel Charles drilled a three to put the Black Bears up 39-25 with 17:16 remaining.
But Siena responded with a 13-2 run over an eight minute span to reclaim the lead. Lily Grenci tied the game at 45 on a spinning layup and on the next possession Kanika Cummings sank a three to give the Saints a 48-45 lead with 3:55 remaining.
Siena's 14-point comeback was its biggest in nearly three years since rallying from 18 down to beat Iona 75-67 in overtime here at the ARC on Feb. 7, 2010.
Krogh finished with a career-high 13 points, while Grenci added 13 of her own to go along with seven rebounds and a career-high four steals.
Reigning America East Rookie of the Week Liz Wood scored 12 points for Maine which shot 51.9% from the field and forced 15 Siena turnovers in the first half to take a 33-21 lead into the lockerroom. But by contrast, the Black Bears shot just 29.2% in the second half.
The Saints will now break for final exams before returning to the court for their next game in 17 days. Siena hosts Dayton on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. at the ARC in a game that will be televised throughout New York on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.
Led by Jim Jabir, who coached Siena from 1987-90, the Flyers are currently undefeated and ranked 19th in the latest Associated Press Top-25 Poll.