Basko Powers Saints to Fifth Straight Win

Dec. 11, 2001

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Gunta Basko exploded for season-highs of 27 points and 17 rebounds in leading Siena to a comfortable 70-56 win over St. Bonaventure at the Pepsi Arena Tuesday night. The win was Siena's fifth in a row following an 0-3 start.

Basko (Olaine, Latvia/Riga Secondary #3) scored eight points during a decisive 15-1 run midway through the first half. Siena (5-3/2-0 MAAC) took a 20-point lead at halftime. The 27 points was the second-highest total of Basko's career. The MAAC Player of the Year posted her sixth double-double of the season and added four assists, four steals and two blocks.

The Bonnies (4-4/0-0 A-10) closed to within seven during the second half, but Siena turned to a fresh face for a spark. MAAC Rookie of the Year Liene Jansone (Riga, Latvia/Riga Secondary #45) made her first appearance of the season and converted a three-point play that sparked a 6-0 run. The Saints turned an eight-point lead into a 14-point advantage with 11 minutes left and never led by less than nine again. Jansone missed the first seven games of the season with a stress fracture in her foot. She played four minutes against the Bonnies.

Siena outrebounded the Bonnies by six and shot 43 percent to the visitor's 36 percent. Mary McKissack (Detroit, Mich./Communications and Arts) added 14 points and Jolene Johnston (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) posted 12 points and seven rebounds. Courtney Mattingly led St. Bonaventure with 13 points.

The Saints won't take the court again until the 22nd when Siena visits Detroit. The game marks the start of a three-game road trip which will include away games at Pennsylvania and St. Peter's.