LOUDONVILLE — The Siena women’s basketball team was within two points of Duquesne heading into Saturday’s fourth quarter, but the Saints couldn’t overcome a poor offensive stanza as they attempted to pick up their first win.
Duquesne defeated Siena 59-49 at UHY Center, as the Saints dropped to 0-5 on the season.
Duquesne (3-4) led Siena 42-40 heading into the fourth quarter of the Saints’ home opener. Besides two baskets, though, from Selena Philoxy who was playing her first games for the Saints after receiving an NCAA waiver earlier in the week, Siena didn’t score any other points in the fourth quarter before the final 30 seconds as Duquesne started the period on a 15-4 run.
For the Saints, Rayshel Brown had 11 points and Philoxy had 10. Megan McConnell led all scorers with 17 points for Duquesne, while teammate Libby Bazelak had nine points and 10 rebounds.
Both teams struggled shooting and with turnovers. Each squad committed 26 turnovers, while Duquesne made 21 of 51 shots and Siena made 23 of 59. Siena has made 26.4% of its shots this season ahead of Saturday’s game, which ranked the Saints last in the country in field-goal percentage.
Siena trailed for all of the second half, but stayed within two possessions of Duquesne until the visitors answered Philoxy’s first basket of the fourth quarter with a 7-0 burst.
Siena next plays Tuesday against North Dakota.