Griffs can’t stop Siena’s big three

The Siena women's basketball team rolls to a win over Canisius

After Laura Menty, Melissa Manzer and Shondaya Burrell, no one on the Siena women’s basketball team is averaging at least five points per game.

Those three combined for 67 points as the Saints came back from a 13-point deficit to defeat Canisius, 78-65, at the Times Union Center on Sunday afternoon.

Burrell, a junior from Colonie High School, just missed a triple-double, with 25 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Manzer and Menty scored 21 each.

The Golden Griffins tried to swap three-pointers for free throws after falling behind by 10 with four minues left, and that was just fine with Siena, 16-for-16 from the line in the second half.

Burrell, a 57.7 percent free-throw shooter coming into the game, was 9-for-11, including 6-for-6 in the

final 1:16.

“All the free throws I’ve been shooting in practice paid off,” she said. “The day before yesterday, we did this drill, and everybody was running out to foul me, and that helped me a lot today, because I think Canisius knew I wasn’t that good of a free-throw shooter.

“Maybe being under pressure [helped]. I enjoy that, it makes the people who really want it stand out.”

“Sometimes, people can be bad free-throw shooters, but down the stretch, she’s proven that she can hit the shots,” Siena head coach Gina Castelli said. “She seems to handle the pressure better.”

With 13:27 left, Burrell made two free throws to put Siena ahead,

47-46, the Saints’ first lead since the 14:47 mark of the first half.

Manzer hit a three to start a 12-3 lead that was capped by Menty’s three-point play to give the Saints a 61-52 lead with 4:30 left.

Canisius never got closer than seven the rest of the way.

“When those three are on, we’re very difficult to stop,” Castelli said. “You could tell this week we were back on track with all three of those players.”

“She [Burrell] had a great game,” Manzer said. “Her and [Heather] Stec both had double-doubles. That would be the ideal thing to have going on every game, especially with Stec coming back from injury. She’s a huge part of our team, too.”

Stec had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Siena, which improved to 1-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and 5-8 overall, stopping a four-game losing streak.

Canisius fell to 1-2 in the MAAC and 6-8 overall.


Williams 1-3 0-0 2, Buetow 3-8 0-0 6, Russell 5-12 2-2 17, Cavo 5-11 6-6 18, Drysdale 4-9 0-0 10, Lee 0-0 0-0 0, Lucas 1-4 2-4 4, Mullins 0-3 0-0 0, Radke 3-9 2-2 8. Totals: 22-59 12-14 65.

SIENA (78)

Menty 7-10 7-7 21, Stec 5-9 1-2 11, Alpe-Luka 0-2 0-0 0, Manzer 7-13 2-2 21, Burrell 7-11 9-11 25, Volpe 0-0 0-0 0, Gimpes 0-0 0-0 0, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Cockrum 0-3 0-0 0, Fullmer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 26-48 19-22 78.

Halftime: Canisius 35, Siena 29. Three-point goals: Canisius 9-29 (Russell 5-10, Cavo 2-7, Drysdale 2-5, Lucas 0-3, Mullins 0-1, Radke 0-3); Siena 7-15 (Alpe-Luka 0-2, Manzer 5-9, Burrell 2-3, Cockrum). Rebounds: Canisius 24 (Buetow 8); Siena 38 (Stec 11). Assists: Canisius 15 (Russell 6); Siena 17 (Burrell 8). Total fouls: Canisius 18; Siena 13. Attendance: 540.

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