LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - Siena closes out 2017 and a three-game road trip with a 71-67 (OT) victory over Rider. Over the last four matchups, the average score difference has been 2.5.
Senior guard Kollyns Scarbrough led Siena (6-7, 1-1) with 19 points after going 6-8 (.750) from the charity stripe. Aaliyah Jones came off the bench and knocked down a career-high 17 points. Emmanuella Edoka made seven points, five of which came from the free throw line, including four during overtime. Sabrina Piper came off the bench and tallied nine points, six of her points came in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Rider (3-10, 0-2) was led by Kamila Hoskova with 23 points and was a rebound away from a double-double. Stella Johnson added 10 points, but fouled out during the fourth quarter. Lexi Posset also added 10 points and four assists for the Broncs.
Holding onto a 69-67 lead with just over a minute left in overtime, Scarbrough hits a layup as the shot clock expired to push Siena ahead 71-67. Four of Edoka's five free-throws made came in overtime. The Broncs were unable to get a shot off to hand the Saints their first league win and final victory of 2017.
Siena began their comeback in the fourth quarter after trailing by eight, 57-49, with 9:15 in the frame. The Saints tacked on a 6-0 run at the end of the quarter, with four of those points coming at the charity stripe and led 61-60 with 1:38 to play. It became a back and forth game where Lexi Stover and Piper hit layups, but Siena stayed ahead 63-62. Rider's Jaiden Morris went to the line with 11 seconds remaining for two free throws and made just one that would send the game into overtime, for the second time for Siena this season.
Coming off of 73% shooting (11-15) in the third frame, Rider jumped ahead in the game. The Broncs followed Siena's 4-0 run with a 13-0 run to give them a 48-39 lead. The Saints and Broncs went back and forth holding the other scoreless as they pushed ahead. Rider led 54-49 after three frames played.
The Saints led 33-29 at the half after the Broncs ended the third quarter on an 8-3 run. In the first half alone it was a tight battle, as the Saints shot 50% from the field and Rider shot 40%. Coming from the first quarter into the second, the Broncs went on a 6-0 run, but after Maddie Sims hit two free throws, the Saints had answered with a 7-0 run to lead 28-19.
Siena shot 54% from the field in the first quarter while holding the Broncs to 33% from the field to lead 18-12. The Saints led 12-4 early in the game following Sims two made treys, her third and fourth made three's of her career. On the game, Siena shot 45.5% from the field to shot over 40% as a team for the third straight game.
The Saints hit five from behind the arc, for a season best 50% from the trey, and their most made since hitting six on November 29 at Colgate. The Saints had a season-high five blocks with three coming from Jones and two from Sims.
The Saints return back to the Capital Region and host Iona for Kids Day on Thursday, January 4. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m.