Nov. 25, 2007
Boulder, Colo. - The Siena women's basketball team fell to Clemson (4-3) 77-67 this evening in the 21st Annual Coors Classic Championship game in Boulder, Colo. Siena (2-4) senior tri-captain Laura Menty tied a career-high with 28 points and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Tournament MVP April Parker paced the Lady Tigers with 15 points going 7-for-10 from the field.
Clemson took an early lead and never looked back. Siena chipped away at a 14 point deficit in the first half cutting the Lady Tigers lead to 37-33 at intermission. Over the final five minutes, the Saints went on a 15-5 run. Siena's defensive efforts helped shutdown Clemson allowing just two field goals over this stretch.
Menty exploded for 22 first half points on 9-for-13 shooting. Siena also shot a solid 11-for-12 from the free-throw line.
The Saints came out of intermission sluggish. The Lady Tigers took advantage and posted three consecutive baskets to extend its lead to 10 points.
Siena got within seven at the 10:44 mark courtesy of a Menty lay-up. In total Menty connected on 22 field goals setting a Coors Classic record previously held by Alli Nieman of Idaho who posted 20 field goals in 1998.
Clemson responded with a 10-0 run to take a 60-43 advantage. Parker tallied three straight lay-ups during this stretch to help secure the victory.
Siena out rebounded the Lady Tigers 38-29. Menty contributed nine offensive rebounds which tied the Coors Classic single game record.
The Saints were hindered by 21 turnovers, while Clemson registered just 10.
Siena was nearly perfect from the free-throw line going 20-for-22 on the night. Melissa Manzer, Shondaya Burrell and Menty were 18-for-18 combined.
The Saints return to action on Wednesday when they square off with Drexel in Philadelphia. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.