Dec. 10, 2011
NEW BRITAIN, CONN. - In a game where neither team led by more than two possessions, Siena had a good chance to earn its first road win of the season. But the Saints could not get their shots to fall and suffered a slim 51-47 setback Saturday afternoon at Detrick Gym.
Maja Gerlyng paced Siena (1-6) with 13 points, but the Saints could not capitalize off her effort. Siena shot just 26.8% (15-56) from the field and only 1-16 from three albeit against the nation's second best three-point shooting defense.
In an evenly played game that featured eight ties and nine lead chances, Siena went into the half rolling. Trailing by their largest margin of the game 17-11, the Saints closed out the half on a 14-5 run to take a 25-22 lead at the break.
The Saints defense excelled during the run and in the first half forced 15 Central Connecticut (6-2) turnovers which included nine steals and led to 12 points.
In a seesaw second half, the team's jockeyed for possession with neither team ever leading by more than four points. The Blue Devils took the lead for good with 7:02 remaining on a Lauren Arbogast jumper which made it 41-39.
Siena cut the deficit to a single point several times and pulled with a basket with 13 seconds remaining, but Jaclyn Babe sunk two key free throws with 10 seconds left to seal the deal.
Babe scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half, sinking all of her free throws down the stretch. Central Connecticut connected on their foul shots when it mattered most and made 15-17 for the game.
Lily Grenci added nine points in 19 foul plagued minutes for the Saints while Kate Zarotney and Tehresa Coles added career-highs with seven points apiece.
Kirsten Daamen had a phenomenal game on the low blocks for the Blue Devils and narrowly missed a triple-double. She posted game highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds and accounted seven of Central Connecticut's nine blocks.
Siena now takes an 11-day break for finals before returning for their final non-conference home game of the season on Dec. 21. Siena hosts UMass in a special 11 a.m. tip on Blue Shield of Northeastern New York "Kid's Day" at the ARC in a game which is expected to draw more than 1,500 Capital Region area youth.