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Game Preview: Siena Women at Manhattan

2014-2015 womens team

The Siena women are on the road Thursday night as they take on Manhattan in the second game of a three-game road trip. Tip off at Draddy Gymnasium is scheduled for 7 p.m. This is the 60th meeting all-time between the two teams with Siena leading the series, 39-20.

In their last matchup, a 59-51 Saints win, Siena led most of the way and outrebounded Manhattan by an astounding margin of 41-19. The Saints did struggle with taking care of the ball in spots, committing 25 turnovers for the game. Manhattan committed 20. Tehresa Coles led the way with 18 points and Freshman Margot Hetzke finished with a double-double  scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Sophomore Meghan Donohue played for just 6 minutes and was unable to continue as she suffered from the effects of the flu.

Siena enters the game with a record of 14-11 overall and 7-9 in the MAAC placing them tied for 6th place with Rider. They will look to add to an already impressive 9-3 record this season in true road games. The Saints are coming off a hard-fought 57-50 loss at Iona on Sunday.

Freshman Margot Hetzke leads the Saints in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.7 points (5th in MAAC) and 7.2 rebounds (4th in MAAC)  per game. She is an eight time MAAC Rookie of the Week.

Senior Tehresa Coles is second on the Saints in scoring averaging 13.3 points per game (6th in MAAC). She leads the MAAC (19th nationally) with 3.0 steals per game and is tied for 1st all-time in steals at Siena with Mary Gaudreau with 281. Her 1.069 career points places her 24th all-time at Siena behind Lily Grenci (1,074).

Meghan Donohue is coming of a career-high 21 point performance against Iona on Sunday. She is averaging 10.5 points per game and has scored in double figures 14 times this season. Her 52.2% field goal percentage ranks third in the MAAC.

RPI Rankings: Siena 181, Manhattan 322

Manhattan enters the game with a record of 2-22 overall, 1-14 in the MAAC putting them in last place. The Jaspers, who are looking to snap an 11-game losing streak, dropped a 65-40 decision at Rider on Sunday.

The Jaspers are led in scoring and rebounding by junior forward Shayna Eriksen who is averaging 9.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

Manhattan ranks last in the nation in scoring (49.5 ppg.), ninth worst in three-point field goal percentage defense (.366), 20th worst in field goal percentage defense (.438) and 26th worst in rebound margin (-5.9).

“We can’t take anybody lightly,” said Siena coach Ali Jaques. “We were picked 10th. Nobody picked us to do anything this year. Our team has to stay with the process we’ve stayed with all year of tackling each opponent independently and giving our best effort for each other and seeing how we finish. That’s two weeks away.”

 

Manhattan 2014-2015 Results:

11/14 FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON……..L, 54-73

11/16 at Holy Cross…………………….W, 66-60

11/22 ARMY………………………………..L, 49-81

11/25 at La Salle…………………………L, 48-61

11/30 at Ohio………………………………L, 58-82

12/5 at Canisius*……………………….L, 44-55

12/7 at Niagara*…………………………L, 36-64

12/14 at Fordham………………………..L, 41-70

12/17 AMERICAN………………………..L, 52-60

12/19 BUFFALO………………………….L, 58-68

12/28 NEW HAMPSHIRE……………..L, 54-58

1/2 CANISIUS*………………………..L, 45-56

1/4 RIDER*…………………………….W, 55-52

1/9 IONA*……………………………….L, 62-79

1/12 MARIST*……………………………L, 45-67

1/16 MONMOUTH*…………………….L, 69-73

1/18 at Quinnipiac*…………………….L, 51-85

1/24 at Siena*……………………………L, 51-59

1/29 at Marist*…………………………..L, 38-77

1/31 NIAGARA*…………………………L, 46-53

2/5 at Iona*……………………………..L, 41-60

2/7 SAINT PETER’S*………………L, 58-68

2/11 at Fairfield*………………………..L, 26-43

2/15 at Rider*…………………………….L, 40-65

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