On Saturday, the Siena women’s basketball team held a one-point lead on Quinnipiac with a little more than two minutes remaining in the third quarter, only for the Bobcats to blitz the Saints with a decisive run and race away to a 21-point victory.
On Sunday, Siena survived a similar Quinnipiac flurry, this time managing to stay neck-and-neck down the stretch before closing the game with six straight points and taking the lead for good on a Rayshel Brown jumper with 16 seconds left in the fourth quarter to help the Saints to a 63-60 win in Hamden, Connecticut, over one of the MAAC’s top squads.
Siena (3-6, 3-6) led through most of the first half and was up by eight in the third quarter before a 15-0 run from Quinnipiac saw the Saints facing a 48-41 deficit with 3:16 left in the third quarter.
However, Siena bounced back and stayed within four points heading into the fourth quarter, and after Isis Young got Siena within 52-51 with a 3-pointer eight seconds into the quarter, the game remained within one possession until the final buzzer.
A Rose Caverly jumper had Quinnipiac (10-4, 12-6) up 60-57 with 3:22 left, but the Bobcats were held scoreless for the rest of the game.
Young’s jumper got Siena within a point with 53 seconds left, and, after a defensive stop, Brown put Siena in front. Two free throws from Young pushed the Siena lead to 63-60, and Caverly missed a final 3-point attempt as Siena held on for a win to snap the team’s four-game losing streak.
Young put up a game-high 19 points for Siena, Brown scored 15 on 7-of-10 shooting and Amari Anthony contributed 12 points and seven rebounds. Caverly and Mackenzie DeWees scored 18 points apiece to lead Quinnipiac.
Siena is scheduled to return to action Wednesday night at Monmouth.