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Game Preview: Siena Women At Buffalo

2014-2015 womens team

The Siena women head out west on Friday for their 2014-2015 season-opener vs. the State University at Buffalo. Tip off is scheduled for 5 pm in a game to be shown on ESPN3. In their last meeting a year ago, Siena came out on top, 64-60 at the Alumni Recreation Center. The Saints were led by Symone Kelly with team-highs of 14 points and 6 rebounds.

“We’re looking forward to Friday, just getting started and testing ourselves in a real game situation,” said Siena coach Ali Jaques. “From top to bottom this is very unselfish group. This is a very confident group, and these guys just work.”

The Saints are coming off the 2013-2014 season with a record of 9-22 overall and 3-17 in the MAAC. They were picked to finish 10th this season in the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. They return their leading scorer and rebounder in senior Tehresa Coles who averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 boards. Meghan Donohue returns after earning All-MAAC Rookie Team honors and averaging 8.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in her freshman season. Senior Ida Krogh takes over at the point with the loss of Brianna Logan to a season-ending ACL injury. Krogh averaged 7.7 points last season and tallied a team-high 62 assists.

Siena begins the season with just 8 active players on the roster. Logan and senior Kelsey Booth (hip) were lost with season-ending injuries. Denisha Petty-Evans (transfer) and freshman Joella Gibson will red-shirt and freshman Emmanuella Edoka is recovering from an ACL injury and won’t be available for another month or so. The Saints will call on freshmen Margot Hetzke and Kollyns Scarbrough to make major contributions from the start.

Buffalo finished last season with a record of 17-13 overall and 10-8 in the Mid-American Conference. It was the programs best season in over 10 years. They were picked to finished first in the MAC East Division in the league’s preseason poll this year.

The Bulls are led by junior Mackenzie Loesing and senior Kristen Sharkey who were both named to the preseason All-MAC East Team. Loesing tallied a team-leading 16.3 points per game in 2013-14 (6th in the MAC) to earn second-team All-MAC honors. She also ranked fourth in the conference with 2.0 steals per game, while becoming the first sophomore in program history to reach 800 career points. A third-team All-MAC selection, Sharkey was the only Bull to start every game last season. She ranked second on the team with 14.7 points per game and led the Bulls with 8.7 boards per game. Sharkey tallied 11 double-doubles.

“When we played Buffalo here last year, they didn’t have their point guard and their leading scorer who averaged 16 points a game was in foul trouble,” Jaques said. “In some respects we got a little lucky. Going into Buffalo with a doubleheader with their men, with their coach Bobby Hurley,  it will be an energized crowd. Their woman’s team has everybody back. They’re talented and can score inside. They’ve got great guard players and got some young players. It’s a big test for us. They’re picked first in the eastern side of the conference. It’s going to be a really tough road test for us.”

 

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