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Saints turn cold, drop women's opener

Saints turn cold, drop women's opener

After soph­omore point guard Allison Mullings left the game with a leg injury in the first half, the

After soph­omore point guard Allison Mullings left the game with a leg injury in the first half, the Siena women’s basketball team shot just 27 percent from the floor in the second half and lost its season opener, 62-45, to Sacred Heart Friday night at the Alumni Recreation Center.

The Saints led, 32-31, at the break, but the offense went cold in the second half, managing just five points over a nearly 15-minute stretch that allowed the Pioneers to open up a 13-point lead.

Turnovers played a big part in the outcome, Siena turned the ball over 21 times, leading to 18 Sacred Heart points. Twelve of the turnovers came in the second half, with Mullings watching the conclusion of the game from a wheelchair on the sidelines.

“I thought we had a really good first half, but we really didn’t execute in the second half,” said Siena coach Gina Castelli. “We were taking rushed shots, and defensively, we didn’t rebound the ball well.”

Gabrielle Washington led the Pioneers with 14 points, matching Siena’s Maja Gerlyng for game-high honors.

Gerlyng kept Siena in the game in the first half, After the Saints fell behind, 24-7, Gerlyng scored 10 points in a four-minute span that sparked a 25-7 run that gave Siena the lead.

Lily Grenci added 10 points for the Saints, and Clare Sole

Anglada had seven points and seven rebounds in the first start of her career.

SACRED HEART

Taylor 6-11 1-1 13, Bland 1-6 0-0 2, Norman 1-4 5-8 8, Evans 1-6 6-6 8, Washington 6-0 0-0 14, Shepard 2-6 0-2 5, Koniszewski 2-7 0-0 6, Merriman 2-6 2-2 6. Totals: 21-55 14-19 62.

SIENA

Grenci 4-9 2-4 10, Sole anglada 2-7 2-2 7, Mullings 0-3 0-0 0, Centeno 3-11 0-0 6, Gerlyng 5-11 1-1 14, Zarotney 2-3 2-2 6, Stewart 0-2 0-0 0, Cummings 1-5 0-2 2, Coles 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 17-52 7-11 45.

Halftime: Siena, 32-31. Three-point goals: Sacred Heart 6-17 (Taylor 0-2, Norman 1-2, Washington 2-2, Shepard 1-4, Konisewski 2-7). Siena 4-14 (Grenci 0-1, Sola Anglada 1-3, Centeno 0-4, Gerlyng 3-5, Cummings 0-1). Rebounds: Sacred Heart 37 (Taylor 13), Siena 36 (Sole Anglada, Centeno 7 each). Assists: Sacred Heart 14 (Shepard 5), Siena 11 (Centeno 5). total fouls: Sacred Heart 10, Siena 15.

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