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Women's basketball: Siena's stingy defense shuts down Eagles

Sunday, February 17, 2013
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— Siena’s defense forced Niagara into 24 turnovers Sunday as the Saints came up with their best defensive scoring effort of the season, rolling over the Purple Eagles, 59-43, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory at the Alumni Recreation Center.

Siena’s defense clamped down in the second half, forcing Niagara (12-13, 7-7) into almost as many turnovers (17) as the Purple Eagles had points (20) in the half.

Siena (10-15, 6-8), which had 13 steals, held Niagara to just 23.1 percent shooting in the second half. The Saints limited the Purple Eagles to 28.8 percent (15-for-52) shooting for the game and only 43 points — both season bests for Siena’s defense.

Senior Lily Grenci led the Saints with 17 points, nine rebounds and a career-high-tying four steals, while Colonie High School graduate Tehresa Coles added 14 for Siena, which has won nine in a row at home over Niagara and 26 of 30 all-time.

Siena scored the final five points of the first half, taking a 25-23 lead into the break. The Saints ult­imately extended their run to a 10-0 margin into the second half, holding Niagara without a field goal for over six minutes.

The Purple Eagles answered back to get within a basket at 32-30 with 13:49 remaining, but the Saints responded with a 12-2 run over the next four minutes to build a double-digit lead and pull away.

With the win, Siena pulled into a tie for sixth place in the MAAC standings with Canisius with four games remaining on the conference slate. Additionally, Siena is just a game back of Niagara, which is in fifth.

Meghan McGuinness led Nia­gara with 15 points, while Lauren Gatto added 13. .

NIAGARA (43)

Gatto 5-12 3-7 13, McQuade 1-6 1-2 4, Van Leeuwen 1-3 2-2 4, Stroman 2-8 0-0 4, Maxwell 0-1 0-0 0, McGuinness 5-11 2-2 15, Johnson 1-4 0-0 2, Flamm 0-2 0-0 0, Britton 0-3 2-4 2, Baldasare 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 15-52 10-17 43.

SIENA (59)

Kelly 2-5 1-4 4, Grenci 4-18 8-14 17, Stewart 0-3 6-6 6, Mullings 1-6 0-0 2, Coles 5-8 3-4 14, Krogh 2-6 1-4 5, Mintah 1-1 0-0 2, Cummings 2-5 0-0 6, Zarotney 1-2 0-0 2, Sole Anglada 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 18-55 19-32 59.

Halftime: Siena, 25-23. Three-point goals: Niagara 3-15 (McQuade 0-4, Stroman 0-1, Maxwell 0-1, McGuinness 3-8, Flamm

0-1), Siena 4-12 (Grenci 1-4, Coles 1-1, Krogh 0-2, Cummings 2-4, Sola Anglada 0-1). Rebounds: Niagara 39 (Gatto 6), Siena 40 (Grenci 9). Assists: Niagara 9 (Stroman 5), Siena 8 (Grenci, Mullings, Coles 2 each).

Total fouls: Niagara 24, Siena 17. A — 518.

 
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