WEST HARTFORD, CT- Hartford extended their win streak to four-games with a 71-62 victory over Siena Women's Basketball on Thursday morning. The Saints end their non-conference slate with a 5-6 record.
Emmanuella Edoka notched her second-straight double-double for Siena (5-6) with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Kollyns Scarbrough led all scorers with 21 points while adding six rebounds. Anna Lundquist came off the bench and tallied 12 points.
Hartford (7-4) was led by Lindsey Abed who went 9-10 (90%) from the charity stripe to tally 15 points and grabbed six rebounds. Jade Young was one rebound away from a double-double while adding 10 points off the bench. Darby Lee and Janelle Harrison added 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Hartford kept ahead throughout the final frame and after an 8-0 run the Hawks led 64-52, but the Saints did not quit. Aaliyah Jones hit one from behind the arc to cut the deficit to four, 68-62. The Hawks then made three free-throws to finish the game and walk away with their fourth straight victory 71-62. Both teams shot 50% from the field during the final frame.
The Saints kept it close in the third quarter and following a Maddie Sims rebound and Edoka putback the Saints tied it up at 31, but the Saints would never catch the Hawks after that point. Siena fought hard to finish out the frame, but with an Abed trey at the buzzer, the Hawks led 48-43 with just 10 minutes to play.
Hartford led by as much as five, 19-14, but DeAnna Winston scored her first collegiate basket and the Saints were on fire following an Anna Lundquist trey to tie it up 19-19. The Saints shot an impressive 54.5% (6-11) from the field in the second quarter. In the second frame there would be four ties and two lead changes. The Hawks made three-straight free throws to end the frame and lead 28-26 at the half.
It all started in the first quarter with both teams exchanging baskets back and forth. Hartford took the slight advantage after causing seven Siena turnovers and turning that into five points. There were three lead changes and three ties throughout the first quarter. It was all tied up 12-12 after a 5-0 Saints run, but to close out the frame, Hartford added to for the slight 14-12 lead.
The Saints shot 50% from the field in the third and fourth frame, and 45.6% on the game, which is the best shooting percentage for Siena this season.
Following a seven-day hiatus, the Saints will travel to Hamden, Connecticut to take on reigning MAAC Champion and NCAA Sweet 16 participant Quinnipiac on December 28 at 5 p.m.