Saints Run Swipes Lead, Game From Women's Basketball

Feb. 6, 2009

Box Score

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Loyola took a 33-22 lead with 15:33 remaining in the game on an Ashley Alexander steal and fastbreak layup, but Siena's Heather Stec and Merrick Volpe scored 12 of the next 15 points to put the Saints in front, and they went on to a 65-46 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win Friday night.

Stec scored eight straight in that stretch before Siobhan Prior hit a three from the top of the perimeter. Volpe, however, scored the next four points to extend the Siena (9-12 overall, 8-4 MAAC) lead to 44-36 with just over 11 minutes left.

"We have to find a way to sustain the momentum that we are getting in games," Loyola Head Coach Joe Logan said. "We did a great job to open the second half, but then we had some breakdowns, and they took advantage of it."

Candice Walker made a free-throw line jumper, and she then fed Melissa Bangay for a layup, pulling Loyola back within four, 44-40, at the 9:39 mark, but the Greyhounds (8-14, 3-9) could draw no closer.

After Bangay's basket, Siena scored 14 of the next 16 points to push its lead to 16 with four minutes left on two Volpe free throws.

Stec finished with 24 points, while Volpe had 13 in the win. Allie Lindemann scored 14, as well for Siena.

Loyola trailed by as many as nine in the first half when Volpe hit a right-side 3-pointer with 6:11 left before the break to put the Saints up, 24-15.

The Greyhounds, however, went on a 7-0 run capped by a Walker steal and fastbreak layup on an outlet pass from Prior. Loyola held Siena scoreless for a stretch of over three minutes during that run until Lindemann hit a free-throw line jumper with 2:58 remaining.

Sarah Fullmer made a turnaround jumper to make it a five-point Siena lead, but Prior took a Tolley handoff and hit a 3-pointer from the right wing with four seconds left in the half, sending the Greyhounds to the lockerroom down 28-25.

Prior led Loyola with 12 points and four assists.

The Greyhounds return to action on Sunday when they travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for a 2 p.m. game at Marist.