Dec. 29, 2004
St. Bonaventure escaped with a 60-59 win over Siena in Olean Wednesday evening after the Saints rallied from a 10-point deficit with 5:28 remaining. Katelyn Dooley was surrounded on a desperation inbound play with under two seconds remaining and could not get off a shot as time expired.
Hot-shooting Stephanie Collins led all players with 24 points and connected on five of her six three-pointers in the first half to lead St. Bonaventure. Siena, which led by as many as seven in the first half received solid contributions from Dooley (16 points) and Michelle Blot (13 points), but suffered its fourth consecutive defeat.
Collins started the game with a quick three as the Bonnies raced to an early 9-2 advantage. Blot gave Siena its first lead, 21-20, on a three from the left wing. The bulge reached seven moments later as Lauren Surber connected on a three-pointer that capped off a 17-3 run.
Collins answered with another three and St. Bonaventure scored nine of the next 11 points to tie the game. Alexis Darling's lay-up as time expired gave Siena a one-point lead at intermission.
St. Bonaventure used a 19-9 run midway through the second half to build a 56-46 advantage and seemingly take control of the game. Tory Vybrony scored seven of her 17 points during the spurt.
The Saints made a furious rally down the stretch behind threes from Dooley and Blot, and closed within 58-57 on Whitney Cave's layup with 1:32 left. Olecia Miller and Cave then traded baskets to account for the final 60-59 tally. Caitlin Crist missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with three seconds left to give Siena a final chance at winning the game.
Siena returns to action Sunday at Dartmouth.