Krogh Leads Siena Women To Win Over Colgate

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Senior Ida Krogh scored a career-high 27 points to lead the resilient Siena women to a 80-68 win over Colgate on Sunday at the Times Union Center. It was their third straight victory. Four of Siena’s seven available players scored in double figures to help capture their sixth win of the season.

“A really, really gutsy overall win for us,” said Siena coach Ali Jaques. “Give Colgate alot of credit. They came in here with a really good game plan and did some good things and knocked down some shots. But, I’m really proud of our kids’ effort and resilience.”

The first half was characterized by a series of runs with Colgate posting a 7-0 run early, followed by a 19-5 Siena run and a 12-1 Colgate run. The Saints had led by as many as 15 points but despite the see-saw battle they managed to take a 29-25 lead into halftime.

Siena began to extend the lead once again, but with just over 13 minutes remaining, senior Tehresa Coles went down hard, injuring her left ankle. With Coles in the locker room, Colgate cut the lead to just 3 points inside the 5 minute mark. But, fellow senior Krogh took over scoring 20 of her 27 points in the second half, 10 of which came in the final 5 minutes, to secure the win.

“Obviously with a player like Tehresa leaving the game who’s pretty much our emotional leader, I thought Ida did a great job of stepping up and filling that role and really just finding a way to grind out a win,” Jaques said.

Jaques explained after the game that Coles suffered a sprained ankle and that they will know more once she is examined by the team doctor.

Four-time MAAC Rookie of the Week, freshman forward Margot Hetzke tallied her third double-double of her young career adding 17 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocked shots for Siena (6-4). Sophomore Meghan Donohue added 16 points on 8 for 9 shooting from the field along with 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Coles scored 10 points with 4 assists before exiting the game. Krogh made 13 of 16 free throws and also added 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

“We huddled up as a team and we were like we need to do this for Tehresa,” said Krogh. “We’ve got to get a win cause she wanted to be on the floor with us and she obviously couldn’t. I think we did it for her. We wanted to show that it was a team effort. It was a team win and we had something to do it for. We did it for her.”

Missy Repoli led Colgate (1-10) with 21 points including 5 three-pointers. Carole Harris added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals.

Siena will play three more games in the next week beginning with their final non-conference game vs. Fairleigh Dickinson on Tuesday night at the ARC. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 pm.


More postgame comments:

Coach Ali Jaques

“We were able to get the ball inside to Meghan. She went 8-9 from the floor. Ida did a good job of feeding her the ball. When you play in an arena and you can bang the ball inside and build some confidence and play inside out, that’s really good. Also, Ida got to the free throw line alot. When you’re Ida Krogh and you’ve been a post player and you’ve been a guard and everything else, she’s learning right now on the fly at times as a point guard but she’s smart. She’s able to get her body into people and get fouled and was really aggressive tonight. That was a good combination for us.”

On Siena’s toughness:

“It speaks to the type of players we recruit. Margot’s naturally a physical player. She likes contact. Meg’s at times too physical of a player. She likes contact. I think that overall that gives us a good basis to build around and it really anchors us.”

“I think more than being physical these guys just play so hard for each other, it’s really refreshing. It’s refreshing to be around a team that’s this unselfish and just keeps stepping up in the face of adversity. I’m just really blessed to be their coach.”

“We have this great thing we call the recovery lift tomorrow where they’re gonna do some swimming and stretching and then we’ll watch some film and get ready for Fairleigh Dickinson.”

“I honestly this year, have not thought long-term. I haven’t been able to. I was even during the game having to remind myself not to think about the big picture worrying about Tehresa. Just coach the players you have because they’re playing their hearts out for each other and for our program. So, I’ll go watch this game back and then watch some Farleigh Dickinson and come up with a game plan and take it one day at a time. That’s all we can do right now.”

Ida Krogh

“Coach mentioned before the game that we had to get it into the paint. She always says in the beginning we shoot too much from the outside so from the start we needed to get it into the paint. We needed to get some easy layups so everyone was focusing on that.”


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