Dec. 19, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Sophomore forward Serena Moore scored a career-high 16 points and blocked a shot by Brogan Berry with 18 seconds in the game to clinch the 54-49 victory against Harvard. Siena avenged their November 30 loss to Harvard and rides back-to-back wins into tomorrow's game against #8 Duke.
Siena (2-7) started the game sloppy, committing eight turnovers in the first 4:35 of the game. Harvard (7-5) scored eight points off those turnovers and opened up a 10-2 lead in the first 6:30. Los Angeles native Emily Tay led the balanced Crimson offense with six points.
The Saints were lucky to still be in the game after 10 minutes with just one assist and 10 turnovers. But Siena used a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 10-9 that was capped off by an Allie Lindemann 3-pointer from the right wing. Sophomore Serena Moore carried the Saints early on with six points, two rebounds and three steals in the first 12 minutes. She fininshed the first half with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, two rebounds, two steals, and two assists.
Junior Charlieann Chacon gave Siena their first lead of the game with a 3-pointer to make it 14-13 at the 7:30 mark. She then stole the ball from Brogan Berry on the next trip up the floor. She passed to freshman Cristina Centeno on the fast break who finished the layup. Siena used eight steals to fuel their offense. They average just 6.6 per game.
Senior captain Heather Stec got it going in the latter part of the half, scoring eight of her 10 first half points in the final 5:16. She finished with a game-high 17 points.
Siena and Harvard combined for 34 turnovers in the first half. Harvard continued to give up the rock in the second half, turning it over on their first five possessions. But they used two mini-runs to take back the lead 42-39 with 8:20 on the clock.
Junior guard Merrick Volpe answered for the Saints with a whirling layup to end the dry spell and the Crimson run. Volpe contributed vital stability in the backcourt and scored eight points.
Siena tied it 49-49 with a layup from Stec with 2:32 on the clock on their fourth chance in the offensive end. Cathy Cockrum had two offensive rebounds and Moore had one to keep it alive for the Saints. Cockrum finished with seven rebounds, five of them in the offensive end.
Moore made the play of the game with a rejection of Berry's drive with 18 seconds on the clock. Berry then fouled, and with the Saints up by one point, Moore hit both free throws to make it a 3-point game.
Siena's tenacious defense set a season-high with 12 steals and held the Crimson scoreless for the final 4:38 of the game.
Siena snapped an eight game non-conference losing streak dating back to December 1, 2007 against UAlbany.
Siena returns to action tomorrow in their second and final game of the Women of Troy Basketball Classic at the University of Southern California. The Saints will play #8 Duke at 10 p.m. Eastern.