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Women's basketball: Saints can't hold off Pioneers

Women's basketball: Saints can't hold off Pioneers

Sacred Heart rallied from a five-point def­icit in the final 36 seconds to shock Siena, 61-60, in a

Sacred Heart rallied from a five-point def­icit in the final 36 seconds to shock Siena, 61-60, in a non-conference women’s basketball game Sunday at the Pitt Center.

The Saints (4-7), who made 24 of 25 free throws up until the final minute, then went cold from the free-throw line and it proved to be costly. Siena missed four of its final five attempts to leave the door open for the Pioneers (7-4).

The only free throw that went in, by Colonie High School grad­uate Tehresa Coles, gave the Saints a 60-56 lead with 19 seconds remaining.

But Gabrielle Washington nailed her second straight three-point basket with 10 seconds left to cut the margin to one, and the Pioneers quickly fouled.

Ida Krogh missed the free throw, and Sacred Heart got the rebound. Blair Koniszewski hurried to get off a long shot before the buzzer, and was fouled by Krogh with one second left on the clock.

Koniszewski then made both foul shots — her only two attempts of the game — to give the Pioneers the victory.

Lily Grenci finished with 21 points and nine rebounds for the Saints, while Coles chipped in with 12 points.

Washington finished with 25 points for the Pioneers, shooting 5-for-8 from three-point range, and Morgan Merriman had 15.

SIENA (60)

Krogh 0-5 1-4 1, Stewart 0-4 4-4 4, Grenci 6-14 9-9 21, Zarotney 4-4 0-0 8, Coles 3-5 6-7 12, Mullings 1-1 0-0 2, Cummings 0-3 3-4 3,

Sole Anglada 2-8 2-2 6, Booth 1-1 0-0 3. Totals: 17-45 25-30 60.

SACRED HEART (61)

Norman 0-5 2-4 2, Evans 1-6 0-0 3, Merriman 5-13 5-6 15, Washington 10-19 0-1 25, Bland 2-5 2-2 6, Shepard 0-2 0-0 0, Konis­zewski 3-11 2-2 10, Tarsi 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-61 11-15 61.

Halftime: Sacred Heart, 25-22. Three-point goals: Siena 1-11 (Krogh 0-2, Stewart 0-1, Grenci 0-1, Coles 0-1, Cummings 0-3, Sole anglada 0-2, Booth 1-1). Sacred Heart 8-22 (Evans 1-4, Washington 5-8, Shepard 0-2, Koniszewski 2-8). Rebounds: Siena 36 (Grenci 9), Sacred Heart 36 (Bland 9). Assists: Siena 7 (Krogh 5), Sacred Heart 12 (Norman 4). Total fouls: Siena 15, Sacred Heart 20. Fouled out: Bland. A — 356.

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