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Early start doesn't suit Siena

Early start doesn't suit Siena

Maybe the Siena women’s basketball team should stick to night games.

Maybe the Siena women’s basketball team should stick to night games.

Unable to shake off the cobwebs from an 11 a.m. start, the Saints fell into a huge hole and never recovered, losing to Monmouth, 64-49, before a Kids’ Day crowd of 1,906 at the Alumni Recreation Center Monday.

Siena (6-9, 1-5 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) shot just 28.6 percent (8-for-28) from the field and was 1-for-10 from three-point range in the first half, allowing the Hawks to take a 37-19 lead at the break.

Monmouth (4-13, 3-3 MAAC) led by as many as 29 in the second half as it recorded its first road win of the season.

One of the few bright spots for the Saints was the play of senior guard Ciara Stewart, who had a career-high 13 points. She became the 10th different player to lead Siena in scoring in 15 games this year.

Shira Shecht finished with 13 points for Monmouth, which started the year losing 12 of its first 13 games, and also had nine rebounds, just missing her first career double-double. Mia Hokpins also had 13 points, as the Hawks’ bench produced 32 points, compared to 14 for the Saints.

The Saints are on the road for their next three games, beginning Thursday night at Fairfield.

MONMOUTH (64)

Kurt 3-8 0-0 8, Paalvast 2-4 0-0 4, Walker 2-5 1-2 5, Shecht 5-6 2-2 13, English 1-3 0-0 2, Beaudry 0-1 0-0 0, Hopkins 6-8 0-0 13, Chambers 2-5 0-0 6, Bethune 1-4 2-2 4, Mitchell 1-1 0-0 2, Dotson 0-3 0-0 0, Dragicevic 0-1 1-2 1, Horvatinovic 3-6 0-0 6. Totals: 26-55 6-8 64.

SIENA (49)

Krogh 1-5 0-0 2, Stewart 5-7 2-3 13, Cummings 0-6 0-0 0, Coles 3-10 2-4 8, Donohue 5-7 2-4 12, Logan 0-3 2-4 2, Willingham 1-2 0-0 2, Mullings 0-3 1-2 1, Sole Anglada 3-11 0-0 6, Booth 1-3 0-0 3. Totals: 19-57 9-18 49.

Halftime: Monmouth, 37-19. Three-point goals: Monmouth 6-14 (Kurt 2-4, Paalvast 0-2, Shecht 1-2, Hopkins 1-1, Chambers 2-4, Horvatinovic 0-1). Siena 2-18 (Krogh 0-3, Stewart 1-1, Cummings 0-3, Coles 0-4,

Logan 0-2, Sole Anglada 0-2, Booth 1-3). Rebounds: Monmouth 48 (Shecht 9), Siena 26 (Cummings 6). Assists: Monmouth 16 (Paalvast 5), Siena 11 (Logan 3). Total fouls: Monmouth 17, Siena 13. A: 1,906.

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