--The Siena women's basketball team dropped a heartbreaking game to Holy Cross, 64-56, Thursday night at the Alumni Recreational Center. The Saints slip to 3-5 (1-1 MAAC) on the year, while the Crusaders improve to 5-4 (0-0 Patriot) overall.
In the opening minutes of the game, the Crusaders jumped on the Saints as they struggled to take care of the ball as they turned it over three times leading up to the 13 minute mark. Holy Cross opened up with a 6-0 run before sophomore Katelyn Dooley put a nice lay-up in the paint.
Dooley led game-highs 17 points, 11 rebounds and five steals.
The Crusaders would continue to cruise as the lead extended to 16 points. The Saints began to heat up during the next few trips down the court and responded with a 14-4 run to get within six points, 22-28 with 3:07 left in the first half.
In what was a very quick-paced first half of action, Holy Cross held a 40-28 edge over the Saints heading into the locker room.
Siena came out strong in the second-half wasting no time; scoring nine points, freshman Laura Menty opened with a lay-up off an assist from guard Melissa Manzer. Over the next four minutes, the Saints snatched three steals to pull within five points, with a jumper from Alexis Darling 37-42, at the 13:08 mark.
The game turned in Siena's favor for the first time, when sophomore forward Naimah Abdullah stole the ball, then passed it off to Dooley who drained a three ball at the top of the key, to once again move within five points.
With 3:44 left to play, Manzer would help the Saints on the offensive end as she connected on a three-pointer to maintain the Saints momentum. Siena would get no closer than two points as teammates Brittany Keil and Maggie Fontana capitalized on back-to-back fouls putting the Crusaders at the line, to stretch the lead to a final of eight points.
Manzer and Menty each finished with 10 points. For the Crusaders, Sarah Placek led the Crusaders with 15 points.
The Green and Gold return to action on Sunday, Dec. 12, when it plays host to the Minutewomen of the University of Massachusetts. Tip off is slated for 3 p.m.