Dec. 7, 2007
Loudonville, N.Y. - Senior forward Caitlin Flood poured in 13 of her 19 points in the second half as the Manhattan Lady Jaspers (5-3, 1-0 MAAC) overcame an eight point second half deficit to defeat Siena women's basketball 57-52 this evening in the MAAC opener at UHY Court at the ARC. Junior guard Shondaya Burrell shined for the Saints (4-5, 0-1 MAAC) in a losing effort, posting a season high 25 points on 12-21 shooting.
"They were able to play their style of play and we got caught up in it," noted Saints Head Coach Gina Castelli. "They had a great defensive game and we were unable to recover."
In what turned out to be an anemic offensive first half, both teams battled to a scoreless draw until Burrell hit a runner in the lane at the 16:48 mark. The Lady J's Gabrielle Cottrell would answer back with one of her four three pointers on the night, to give Manhattan their first and only lead in the opening stanza.
The Saints opened their largest lead of the first half at 9-4 following a pair of Laura Menty free throws at the 12:51 mark. Menty, the MAAC's leading scorer, finished with 17 points on the evening.
Entering intermission, the Green and Gold held onto a 22-21 advantage. The Saints had been 4-0 on the season when entering the half with a lead.
Siena came out firing on all cylinders to begin the second half as they exploded for 11 points over the first 3:17. Melissa Manzer knocked down a trey to give the Green and Gold a 33-25 advantage marking the Saints biggest lead of the night.
Manhattan then made a game winning surge posting a 26-6 to run over the next 14 minutes to take a comfortable 51-39 lead with just 2:26 remaining. During this run, the Lady Jaspers held the Saints without a field goal for eight and a half minutes.
After converting on just five of their first 14 free throws, Manhattan sunk each of their final six attempts to seal the victory as the Saints would never get any closer than five down the stretch.
Both teams shot virtually even for the game as the Lady Jaspers converted on 43.8% from the floor, while the Saints shot at a 42.9% clip. The Saints were setback however by turnovers, as they committed 20 on the evening.
Burrell and Menty combined for 42 of the 52 Siena points on the evening. Despite being held scoreless, senior tri-captain Liga Alpe-Luka had another solid all around game notching six assists, while also blocking a pair of shots.
In addition to Flood's double-double performance, the Lady Jaspers' Cottrell added 14 points and seven caroms of her own, while also registering a game high six steals.
Following a day off, the Saints will conclude the first wave of MAAC play when they travel to Iona Sunday to take on the Gaels. Tip time is slated for 2 p.m. from New Rochelle, N.Y.