LOUDONVILLE – If 32 turnovers against Niagara on Jan. 27 was a glaring statistic, the Siena women’s basketball team found a way to fumble away a game even more severely on Monday.
The Saints committed 36 turnovers this time, and the Purple Eagles took control in the second quarter on the way to a 65-58 victory at the UHY Center.
Siena had 20 turnovers in the first half alone, falling behind 37-26 as Niagara outscored the Saints 24-12 in the second quarter.
Siena fell to 6-6 in the MAAC and 7-13 overall, and Niagara gained some ground on the Saints by moving to 6-7 (9-11 overall).
Rayshel Brown led Siena with 16 points, but fouled out with 2:06 left in the game and the Saints trailing 60-51.
Imani Harris scored 11 points for Siena, but also didn’t make it to the end of the game, as she was carried off with a leg injury late in the game.
The sisters Aaliyah and Angel Parker each had big games again for Niagara, scoring 19 and 17 points, respectively.
They combined for 43 points in the Purple Eagles’ 82-69 win over Siena on Jan. 27.
Niagara came into Monday’s game forcing an average of 26 turnovers per game.
Brooklyn Jones hit a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter by giving Niagara a 58-40 lead.
The Saints managed to get the deficit down to nine, 60-51, with 2:51 left on Haley Blasetti’s first field goal of the season.
Guilderland High graduate Valencia Fontenelle-Posson hit a 3 to cut it to 62-54 with 1:34 left.
Aaliyah Parker made one free throw and layup with five seconds left to hold off Siena.