Siena Advances to Championship Game in Hawk Classic with 54-41 Victory Over Hartford

Dec. 28, 2002

Box Score

Siena advanced to the championship game of the Hawk Classic, defeating Hartford 54-41 on the first day of play at the Saint Joseph's Hawk Classic in Philadelphia, Pa. With the win the Saints improve to 6-3 on the season.

In the first half Siena jumped out to an early 16-5 lead and maintained the lead throughout the half. The Saints shot 56 percent (14-25) from the floor and eight different players scored as Siena took a 32-15 advantge into the break. Mary McKissack paced the Saints in the first, going 3-for-3, including two three pointers.

Hartford chipped away at the Saint lead in the second half, pulling to within 13 with a little over eight minutes remaining. The Hawks continued to make a run at the Saints, cutting their lead to as little as 11 points, but fell short as Siena managed to keep Hartford at a distance, taking the eventual 54-41victory.

Liene Jansone led the Saints and recorded her fourth straight double-double, netting 14 points while pulling in 13 rebounds.

Erika Messam led all scorers and the Hawks with 16 points and added four rebounds.

The Saints finished the game shooting 40.7 percent from the floor (22-54) and 87.5 percent from the foul line. They outrebounded the Hawks 54-41.

In the first game of the afternoon, Saint Joseph's defeated UMBC 66-61 in overtime. The two teams battled to a 56-56 tie in regulation and the Hawks outscored the Retrievers 10-5 in the overtime period to walk away with the victory. Irina Krasnoshiok led Saint Joseph's with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Shalayna Catalanotto had 18 points for UMBC while Millette Green pulled in seven rebounds.

Both teams shot 38.7% from the floor.

The Saints will face Saint Joseph's tomorrow in the championship game. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m. Hartford will match-up against UMBC in the consolation game to be played at 1:00 p.m.