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College Basketball: Siena women defeat Iona

College Basketball: Siena women defeat Iona

The team shot 27-for-29 from the free throw line
College Basketball: Siena women defeat Iona
Siena’s Deja Rawls with the ball against Iona’s Tori Lesko during their basketball game at Siena in Albany on Sunday, January 6
Photographer: Erica Miller/Daily Gazette Photographer

LOUDONVILLE — The Siena women’s basketball team shot 27-for-29 from the free throw line Sunday on its way to a 59-47 victory over Iona in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game at the Alumni Recreation Center.

The win was the second MAAC victory in a row for the Saints (6-7 overall), the first time since the 2015-16 season that the Saints are 2-0 in the conference.

Juniors Sabrina Piper and Maddie Sims combined for 31 points for the Saints. Piper went 6-for-10 from the field for a team-high 16 points, and also had four rebounds, a block, a steal and an assist.

Sims added 15 points with a team-high seven rebounds and three steals.

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Holding Iona (1-12, 0-2) without a basket until the 3:48 mark of the first quarter, Siena jumped out to a 7-3 lead, and pushed it to 16-7 after the first 10 minutes.

Iona cut Siena lead to single digits in the fourth quarter, but Siena went on a 9-1 run to take control.

The Saints will be back in action Friday for their annual Kids’ Day, hosting Manhattan at 11 a.m.

IONA (47)

Joseph 0-1 0-0 0, Lesko 1-4 1-2 3, Rachu 3-13 4-6 11, Camillion 1-5 0-0 2, Motz 2-3 2-2 6, Barefield 7-15 2-4 20, Martin 2-3 0-2 4, Middlebrooks 0-3 1-2 1, Ramil 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 16-48 10-18 47.

SIENA (59)

Sims 4-7 7-8 15, Jones 2-5 7-8 11, Gibson 0-5 2-2 2, Rawls 1-2 2-2 4, Piper 6-10 3-3 16, Anthony 0-2 4-4 4, Gerostergiou 1-3 2-2 4, Strawn 1-1 0-0 3, Peterson 0-0 0-0 0, Watts 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-35 27-29 69.

Iona 7 15 8 17 — 47 Siena 16 16 12 15 — 59

Three-point goals: Iona 5-19 (Rachu 1-10, Camillion 0-2, Barefield 4-7), Siena 2-7 (Sims 0-2, Gibson 0-1, Piper 1-2, Anthony 0-1, Strawn 1-1). Rebounds: Iona 28 (Rachu 5), Siena 24 (Sims 7). Assists: Iona 6 (Lesko 3), Siena 7 (Gibson 2, Rawls 2). Total fouls: Iona 27, Siena 21. Fouled out: Camillion, Motz. Technical fouls: Siena team. A — 488.

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