LOUDONVILLE, NY - Siena Women's Basketball hosts Iona for their Eighth Annual Kids Day game on Thursday, January 4 at 11 a.m. It also marks the Saints first home league contest having started MAAC play with two road games.
Chris Watson and Tehresa Coles have the call of the game on ESPN3 and myspectrumsports.com. The ESPN3 stream is accessible online through WatchESPN.com by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The ESPN3 stream is blacked out in New York. The Spectrum stream is available to Spectrum subscribers online at myspectrumsports.com, and can be viewed by clicking the watch link at the top of the page.
Chris McSwiggin and Steve Amedio have the call beginning with pregame coverage at 10:30 a.m. locally on WVCR 88.3 FM "The Saint" and through SienaAllAccess.com. Click on corresponding links at the top of the page to follow the action online. Follow @SienaWomenshoop on twitter for courtside updates and join in the conversation using #SienaSaints and #MAACHoops.
This is the 68th meeting between the two teams with the Saints leading the series 40-27. Last season, the Saints took both regular season matchups and then fell to Iona in the MAAC Tournament. In the contest at Iona, the Saints won 58-46, which was the fewest points allowed at that point in the season. Siena then returned to the Times Union Center and hosted the Gaels in their final game of the regular season where they cliched the four-seed in the MAAC Tournament.
The Saints enter the game with a 6-7 overall and 1-1 MAAC record having lost at Quinnipiac and defeating Rider in overtime. The Saints scored 71 points against the Broncs for their sixth game scoring 70 or more points. Siena came out with a win against Rider, which has had an average score difference in their last four matchups of 2.5 points. Senior guard Kollyns Scarbrough led Siena with 19 points, while 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 to push the Saints past the Broncs.
Iona enters the contest having lost their two opening MAAC games to Niagara and Canisius. The Gaels are led by Alexis Lewis who is averaging 14.2 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per game. Iona also looks to freshman Toyosi Abiola who is a five-time MAAC Rookie of the Week selection as she is averaging 13.5 points and shooting 41% from the field, 39% from trey and 75% from the free throw line. Lewis is third in the league with 2.2 steals per game.