Siena Women Host Kid’s Day

Siena Women’s Basketball held its second annual Blue Shield of Northeastern New York Kid’s Day today at the ARC and despite a close 58-53 loss to UMass, the event was a success. The Saints battled down to the wire in front of an energized crowd of 1,754. Kids from local schools were in attendance and were entertained to an exciting game which included the first career start for Loudonville native and former Colonie High star Tehresa Coles.  She responded to the loud and crazy crowd and played well on both ends finishing with a career high 11 points along with 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists.

 Several busloads of kids from area schools were treated well as guests and participated in games, giveaways, and contests. Halftime events allowed chosen contestants a spin of the prize wheel and foot races against Bernie the Saint Bernard.  As a side note, Bernie may want to consider some speed and agility drills with strength coach Dan Taylor in the off season.

 The game began with a hectic pace for the Saints missing some easy shots early, perhaps over hyped by the crowd. They eventually settled in and went into the half ahead 23-17 led by Kate Zarotney with 8 points. Neither side shot particularly well in the first half each at just 29%.

 UMass came out firing in the second half and hit 3 consecutive 3 pointers to take the lead. The rest of the game was back and forth and even Santa Claus was seen waving his rally towel firing up the crowd. After Coles brought the game to within 3 with 8.7 seconds left, the Saints stole the ball but could not gain full possession until with less than a second left they called timeout. But with no timeouts remaining they were assessed a technical foul leading to UMass free throws which iced the game.

 Siena was led in scoring by sophomore Kate Zarotney with 14 points along with 6 rebounds in her second career start. Also in double figures were Coles with 11 and Maja Gerlyng and Christina Centeno each with 10. UMass was led by Megan Zullo and Emilie Teuscher each with 14.

 Siena will next play away December 29th at Maine at 6 p.m. in its last non-conference game.


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