Dec. 20, 2007
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Junior guard Jessica Pike exploded for a game-high 25 points to lead Oakland [Mich.] (7-3) past the Saints 73-58 this evening at the Alumni Recreation Center. Senior tri-captains Melissa Manzer and Laura Menty scored in double-figures for Siena (4-7) in the losing effort.
The Golden Grizzlies got off to a hot shooting spree opening a 16-2 advantage just minutes into the contest. Oakland took a 37-21 advantage into intermission behind a blazing 51.6% shooting from the field. This proved to be Oakland's largest lead of the first half.
Siena found itself down by as many as 19 points with less than 15 minutes to go in the second, before battling its way back into the contest. The Saints responded with a 15-1 run capped off by a Manzer 3-pointer at the 10:14 mark to cut the Oakland advantage to 47-42. Manzer connected on four treys in the second half and finished with a team-high 16 points.
With 6:29 on the clock, freshman guard Madel Gimpes buried a three pointer with the shot clock running down to get Siena within three. A fast break pull-up jumper by Manzer on the next possession pulled Siena within 54-53.
This would be the closest the Saints would get as Oakland responded with 10 unanswered points following a timeout to put the contest out of reach. The Golden Grizzlies prospered on Siena's 21 turnovers which resulted in 30 of its points.
Menty delivered another solid performance for the Saints finishing with 15 points on 5-9 shooting. She was a perfect 5-5 from the free-throw line. Gimpes complimented Menty with a career-high eight points shooting 2-3 from beyond the arc.
With the loss, the Saints remain winless at the Alumni Recreation Center this season. The squad returns to action on Dec. 28 at Syracuse. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.