Dec. 21, 2002
St. Bonaventure fought back to tie in regulation and the first overtime but fell 80-75 in double overtime to Siena on Saturday at the Reilly Center. With the win the Saints improve to 5-3 on the season.
Sophomore guard Lyndsey Maurer tied the score at 72 with a three-pointer with 3:40 left in the second overtime, but Gunta Basko hit two foul shots to give the Saints a 74-72 lead with 2:39 left. The Bonnies trailed 75-72 when sophomore guard Caitlin Crist missed two foul shots with 41 seconds remaining. Erica Anderson then hit a three-pointer with 16 seconds left to seal the Saints' win.
"We just haven't been able to find a way to win close games," said Bonnies' head coach Jim Crowley. "We made some plays, but so did they. We just came up short. Siena showed their experience. I'm proud of our team. We battled a very good team hard the whole game."
St. Bonaventure shot 55 percent from the field in the first half and led 32-28 at halftime. In the second half, Siena used its rebounding strength to come back and take a 42-40 lead with 13:06 to play. The Saints held that lead until Crist hit a basket with 2:06 left to give the Bonnies a 59-58 edge.
The lead seesawed from there and the Bonnies trailed 63-61 with nine seconds left when junior center Eva Kadlecova took an inbounds pass from Crist and made a layup to send the game into the first overtime.
In the first overtime, the Bonnies tied the game at 69 on a basket by sophomore forward Tory Vyborny with 53 seconds left. Senior guard Courtney Mattingly's shot to win the game in the closing seconds came up short.
Maurer and Vyborny led the Bonnies with 17 points apiece. Vyborny established a career high in scoring. Mattingly added 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Crist finished with seven points, a team-high eight rebounds and six assists.
The Bonnies shot 55 percent in the first half, but only hit on 43 percent of their shots in the second half and 38 percent over the two overtimes. They finished at 46 percent for the game. Siena shot 39 percent from the field.
Siena's inside combination of Liene Jansone and Basko was a huge factor as the Saints outrebounded the Bonnies 50-39. Jansone and Basko finished the night with double-doubles as Jansone had a game-high 23 points and 16 rebounds while Basko addded 18 points and 15 rebounds. The Saints grabbed a total of 24 offensive rebounds.
Mary McKissack also scored in double figures for the Saints, netting 16 points.
"We've said that if we fail to box out, it's going to cost us and tonight it did," Crowley said. "The game was lost early in the second half when we gave them way too many second opportunities. Thank God Basko is a senior."
The Saints will next travel to Philadelphia, Pa. to play in the Saint Joseph's Tournament. Siena will face Hartford on Saturday, December 28 at 4:00 p.m. in the first round of the tournament.