Game Preview: Siena Women Host Niagara

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The Siena men’s and women’s teams are hosting a double header Friday night with the women taking on Niagara followed by the men facing Marist. The action gets under way at 5 p.m. at the Times Union Center.

Siena Women vs. Niagara

This is the 68th meeting between the two teams with Siena leading the series 43-24 overall and 26-4 at home (.867). The Saints have won 9 in a row overall. Niagara has not beaten Siena on the road in 11 years. In their last meeting Siena beat the Purple Eagles, 59-43 in Loudonville.

RPI rankings: Siena 170 Niagara 291

Siena enters the game with a record of 6-7, 1-3 in the MAAC following a 78-60 loss to Marist on Tuesday.

The Saints are 29-17 all time at the TUC.

Siena has improved significantly taking care of the ball, committing just 14.4 turnovers over the last 4 games after averaging 22.9 over their first 8, which was 10th worst nationally. They continue to lead the MAAC in steals (10.8, 22nd nationally) and turnovers forced (21.5).

Senior Kanika Cummings leads in scoring with 9.1 points per game. Tehresa Coles and Meghan Donohue are matched, each averaging 8.6 points and a team-leading 6.3 rebounds. On Monday, Donohue was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week for the second time.

Niagara enters the game with a record of 3-10, 1-3 in the MAAC. They were picked to finish 8th this season in the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. They return 3 starters and 9 letter winners from last season (15-16, 9-9) when they finished in 5th place in the conference.

The Purple Eagles have lost 10 straight road games dating back to last year. 5-10 senior guard Chanel Johnson leads the team in scoring (13.1) and rebounds (6.0). 5-10 junior guard Meghan McGuinness pours in 11.6 points and 6-0 sophomore forward Val McQuade adds 11.5.

Since the MAAC season has started, Niagara leads the MAAC in field goal percentage with 45.7% (112-for-245). Defensively they have held opponents to 36.8 percent shooting from the floor, which is good for third in the conference.  However, they have allowed a league-worst 76.2 points per game overall. They are second in the conference in scoring with 75.0 ppg so far in conference play.

Niagara 2013-2014 Results:

11/8/2013  Lehigh Niagara University, N.Y. L 73-93

11/15/2013  Bowling Green Bowling Green, OH L 58-90

11/19/2013  St. Bonaventure Olean, NY L 57-73

11/23/2013  Binghamton Niagara University, N.Y. W 69-53

11/27/2013  Oakland Rochester, MI L 57-71

12/4/2013  Kent State Kent, OH L 46-69

12/7/2013  Robert Morris Niagara University, N.Y. W 81-70

12/19/2013  Syracuse Syracuse, NY L 44-80

12/21/2013  Buffalo Niagara University, N.Y. L 70-78

12/29/2013  Quinnipiac Hamden, CT L 61-84

12/31/2013  Fairfield Fairfield, Conn. L 77-81

1/3/2014  Saint Peter’s Niagara University, NY W 78-46

1/5/2014  Iona Niagara University, NY L 84-94


For a preview of the second game of the double-header, Siena men vs. Marist click here.


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