Dec. 12, 2004
LOUDONVILLE, NY---Freshman guard Melissa Manzer fell one point shy of matching her career high (12) with 11 points against the Minutewomen from the University of Massachusetts, as they toppled the Saints 59-49 in front of a boisterous crowd in the Alumni Recreation Center Sunday afternoon.
To begin the first half, the Saints made moves by starting the contest with a small line-up with sophomore forward Naimah Abdullah, freshman Laura Menty and Manzer. With less than a minute of play gone by, the first points of the game came off an Abdullah foul that put Tamara Tatham at the line for two points. Manzer responded with a 3-pointer from the right wing.
Over a nine-minute span, both teams exchanged baskets until Manzer hoisted another 3-pointer to knot the contest nine all. The first half saw four ties and nine lead changes. At the 2:41 minute mark, the Saints would score no more, as the Minutewomen took a 30-26 led at the break.
At the start of the second-half, the Minutewomen continued to press the Saints holding them scoreless six-minutes into the half until Menty was placed on the line for two freebies, only nailing one. By then, the lead had stretched to 16-points in what would be the largest lead of the game 46-30. The Saints responded hitting a couple of speedy three-pointers to cut the deficit into single digits, but were unable to get any closer than seven points as the game turned into a foul fest as UMass hit clutch free throws down the stretch.
Siena made 14-of-59 shots from the field. Menty finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. The Saints were out-rebounded 44-40, and was held to 30% shooting from the field.
With the loss, the Saints fall to 3-6, (1-1) while UMass continues a five game winning streak and improves to 6-3 (0-0).
Tatham finished with a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Minutewomen.
The Saints will look to rebound with a 17-day break when they travel to take on the Bonnies of St. Bonaventure, Wed., Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.