DURHAM, N.H. — Shooting struggles were too much for Siena women’s basketball to overcome Tuesday afternoon, as the Saints dropped a 59-45 non-conference decision to New Hampshire.
Siena (0-4) shot just over 32% from the field and were 3 of 20 from 3-point range.
Rayshel Brown led the way for the Saints, scoring 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting while grabbing a team-high eight reoubnds. Freshman Anajah Brown chipped in six points and seven rebounds in here collegiate debut, while Ahniysha Jackson tallied eight points.
Amanda Torres scored a game-high 21 points on 8 of 11 shooting for New Hampshire, which also got 11 points from Sophia Widmyer.
New Hampshire got out front for good in the first quarter, responding to Siena scoring the game’s first bucket with a 9-0 run that fueled a 17-7 Wildcats’ lead after the opening 10 minutes.
Siena shot just 26% from the floor and 1 of 11 from beyond the arc en route to trailing 27-17 at the half. Siena got its offense going in the third quarter with 16 points, but New Hampshire scored 22 points of its own during the quarter to open up a 16-point advantage.
After four straight road games, Siena will finally open its home schedule Saturday at 2 p.m. against Duquesne at UHY Center.
SIENA SIGNS FOUR
Siena announced four players had signed national letters of intent last week during the NCAA’s early signing period. Hannah Finnerty, Elisa Mevius, Nyakoat Ruot and Savannah Wilson will join the program for the 2022-23 season.
Finnerty, a native of Woodside, is a team captain at McClancy High School.
Mevius, the lone international signing in the class, comes to Siena via Grunberg, Hessen, Germany. She helped Germany to a runner-up finish in the U17 Euro Cup and a fourth-place finish at the U18 World Cup. She was named the WNBL Rookie of the Year.
Ruot, a native of Anchorage Alaska, has been an all-conference player at Bartlett High School in every season since 2018-19 and led her team to a 4A state championship in 2020-21.
Wilson, a native of Humble, Texas, is a standout at Kingwood Park High School. The 6-foot-2 center was a former dual-sport athlete in softball and basketball who turned to the hardwood full-time as a sophomore.