With Isis Young filling up the basket, the Siena women’s basketball team was in position to grab a big win against Saint Peter’s on Friday afternoon.
Instead, the Saints came up empty in the final two minutes and lost 66-58 at New Jersey City University’s John J. Moore Athletic Center.
Young, the leading scorer in the MAAC, finished with 26 points, including a deep 3-pointer from the left diagonal with 2:32 left to get Siena within 57-56. Saint Peter’s scored nine straight points from there.
Siena was looking to build late-season momentum off a victory over Quinnipiac, one of the top teams in the conference, but fell to 3-7 heading into another road game against Saint Peter’s (8-8 MAAC, 9-13 overall) at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Taiah Thornton, who led the Peacocks with 19 points, made a runner and three of four free throws in the closing minutes to give Saint Peter’s some breathing room.
Young did what she could to keep Siena in the game, but the Saints got sloppy with the ball after pulling within 57-56.
With the Peacocks leading 61-56, Young whipped a pass under the basket, but it was deflected into the backboard and made its way back to Young, who grazed the front rim with a 3 attempt.
Thornton made one of two from the line, and Siena’s Rayshel Brown lost the handle driving into the teeth of the Saint Peter’s defense.
Thornton made two more free throws for a 64-56 lead with 33.1 seconds left, then Young turned it over on a drive.
Brown made a basket at the buzzer to produce the final score, the first Siena points scored by someone other than Young since a jumper by Margo Peterson with 1:58 left in the third quarter.
Besides the Brown basket, Peterson and Young were the only Saints to score in the second half. Young scored 17 of her 26 after halftime.
Saint Peter’s racked up 27 points in the first quarter, including Thornton’s halfcourt shot at the buzzer, to build a 27-16 lead.
After that offensive barrage, Siena held the Peacocks scoreless for almost six minutes to start the second quarter and led 29-27.
Two free throws by Thornton with 5.4 seconds left gave Saint Peter’s a 36-31 lead at halftime.
Peterson finished with 13 points, and Lala Watts had 14 rebounds for Siena, which committed 19 turnovers.
Young was 9-for-17 from the field, including 4-for-9 from 3-point range and 4-for-4 from the free throw line.