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Women's basketball: Siena's stingy defense shuts down Eagles

Women's basketball: Siena's stingy defense shuts down Eagles

Siena’s defense forced Niagara into 24 turnovers Sunday as the Saints came up with their best defens

Siena’s defense forced Niagara into 24 turnovers Sunday as the Saints came up with their best defensive scoring effort of the season, rolling over the Purple Eagles, 59-43, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory at the Alumni Recreation Center.

Siena’s defense clamped down in the second half, forcing Niagara (12-13, 7-7) into almost as many turnovers (17) as the Purple Eagles had points (20) in the half.

Siena (10-15, 6-8), which had 13 steals, held Niagara to just 23.1 percent shooting in the second half. The Saints limited the Purple Eagles to 28.8 percent (15-for-52) shooting for the game and only 43 points — both season bests for Siena’s defense.

Senior Lily Grenci led the Saints with 17 points, nine rebounds and a career-high-tying four steals, while Colonie High School graduate Tehresa Coles added 14 for Siena, which has won nine in a row at home over Niagara and 26 of 30 all-time.

Siena scored the final five points of the first half, taking a 25-23 lead into the break. The Saints ult­imately extended their run to a 10-0 margin into the second half, holding Niagara without a field goal for over six minutes.

The Purple Eagles answered back to get within a basket at 32-30 with 13:49 remaining, but the Saints responded with a 12-2 run over the next four minutes to build a double-digit lead and pull away.

With the win, Siena pulled into a tie for sixth place in the MAAC standings with Canisius with four games remaining on the conference slate. Additionally, Siena is just a game back of Niagara, which is in fifth.

Meghan McGuinness led Nia­gara with 15 points, while Lauren Gatto added 13. .

NIAGARA (43)

Gatto 5-12 3-7 13, McQuade 1-6 1-2 4, Van Leeuwen 1-3 2-2 4, Stroman 2-8 0-0 4, Maxwell 0-1 0-0 0, McGuinness 5-11 2-2 15, Johnson 1-4 0-0 2, Flamm 0-2 0-0 0, Britton 0-3 2-4 2, Baldasare 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 15-52 10-17 43.

SIENA (59)

Kelly 2-5 1-4 4, Grenci 4-18 8-14 17, Stewart 0-3 6-6 6, Mullings 1-6 0-0 2, Coles 5-8 3-4 14, Krogh 2-6 1-4 5, Mintah 1-1 0-0 2, Cummings 2-5 0-0 6, Zarotney 1-2 0-0 2, Sole Anglada 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 18-55 19-32 59.

Halftime: Siena, 25-23. Three-point goals: Niagara 3-15 (McQuade 0-4, Stroman 0-1, Maxwell 0-1, McGuinness 3-8, Flamm

0-1), Siena 4-12 (Grenci 1-4, Coles 1-1, Krogh 0-2, Cummings 2-4, Sola Anglada 0-1). Rebounds: Niagara 39 (Gatto 6), Siena 40 (Grenci 9). Assists: Niagara 9 (Stroman 5), Siena 8 (Grenci, Mullings, Coles 2 each).

Total fouls: Niagara 24, Siena 17. A — 518.

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