Dec. 29, 2002
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Siena captured the 2002 Hawk Classic Championship with a 72-69 victory over host team Saint Joseph's University at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse in Philadelphia, Pa. With the win the Saints improve to 7-3 on the season.
In a first half that saw several lead changes, Liene Jansone made a lay up with 45 seconds remaining to give Siena a 33-32 advantage going into halftime. Jansone netted the first six points for the Saints and finished the half with 13 points.
Siena maintained their lead throughout the entire second half going up by as many as eight points. The Hawks rallied several times, eventually pulling to within four with 1:47 left to play after Amra Mehmedic hit a three-pointer. Mehmedic then sank one of two foul shots to bring the Hawks to within three before Jansone made a lay up with 22 seconds on the clock to give the Saints a five-point advantage. Mehmedic answered again, sinking another three to cut the Saint lead down to two. With ten seconds remaining Erica Anderson hit the front end of a one-and-one to put the Saints up by three and Siena held on to take the eventual 72-69 victory.
Four Saints scored in double figures with Jansone leading the way with 17 points and nine rebounds. Anderson also had a strong showing, netting 16 points, including two key three-pointers in the final minutes of play. Gunta Basko finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Stephanie Graff led the Hawks and all scorers with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Siena shot a season-high 50.9 percent (29-57) from the floor, including 54.5 percent (6-11) from the three-point line, while Saint Joseph's shot 56 percent (28-50) from the floor and 57.1 percent (8-14) from three-point range on the afternoon.
Gunta Basko, who finished the weekend with 18 points and 12 rebounds was named to the All-Tournament team and Liene Jansone, who led the Saints with 31 points and 22 rebounds was named Tournament MVP.
The Saints next travel to Miami where they will face Florida International on Wednesday, January 1. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.