Dec. 10, 2002
Senior Liene Jansone led all scorers with 20 points but it wasn't enough as the Saints fell to Holy Cross, 66-59, in non-league action at the Alumni Recreation Center on the campus of Siena College. With the loss Siena drops to 4-3 on the season while the Crusaders improve to 3-3 overall.
Siena (2-0 MAAC) connected on only nine of 38 three-point attempts (23.7%) and shot 34.8% from the floor.
In a game that saw several lead changes, Holy Cross took the first go ahead when a technical foul was called on Siena at the start due to an error in the scorebook lineup. The lead was short-lived however, as Siena took a 2-1 advantage and maintained the lead for approximately 10 minutes until Holy Cross tied the ball game up at 20 on a layup by Katie O'Keefe.
The two teams then traded baskets and the lead for the remainder of the first half with Siena taking the final advantage on a three by Michelle Blot with 1:39 left on the clock. The Saints went into the locker room up by two points with a score of 36-34.
Holy Cross scored the first basket of the second period to tie the game up at 36 apiece. The two teams then battled for the lead for some eight minutes before the Crusaders pulled away from the Saints, taking an eight-point surplus with 10:11 left to play.
Siena made two runs at the Crusader lead, but fell short on both. The Saints pulled to within four with just 48 seconds left on the clock, but Holy Cross held on, despite turning the ball over twice, to take the eventual 66-59 victory.
Jansone pulled in 11 rebounds in addition to her 20 points and Gunta Basko had 12 points and a season- and game-high 14 rebounds for the Saints as they both walked away with double-doubles on the night. Erica Anderson also scored in double figures netting 11 points for the green and gold. Michelle Blot had a career-high seven points, including two three pointers.
Katie O'Keefe led the Crusaders with 18 points while Maggie Fontana had 13. Mary Rose Campbell pulled in a team-high 10 rebounds while netting seven points.
The Saints will be out of action for 11 days due to exams until December 21 when they travel to Olean, N.Y. for a meeting with St. Bonaventure.