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Saints Shine On Senior Day
- Updated: March 1, 2015
Photo courtesy of Siena Athletics
The Siena women wrapped up their regular season in both an emotional and winning fashion Sunday afternoon as they beat St. Peter’s, 64-47 on Senior Day at the Alumni Recreation Center. Seniors Tehresa Coles and Ida Krogh were amongst four Saints who scored in double figures as they led their team to its 18th win, the most wins for the program in 12 years.
Prior to the game, the Saints honored seniors Coles, Krogh and Kelsey Booth who has been sidelined this season due to injury. Together they celebrated what has been a special season for the trio who has now won 52 games for their career, more than any senior class in 9 years.
“A lot of people didn’t give us a lot of credit when the season started and the (seniors) didn’t care what anybody else thought,” said Siena coach Ali Jaques. ”They cared what WE thought. I think their leadership all year long has been the reason why we’ve had the success that we’ve had. We’ve had buy-in from everybody. We’ve had great team chemistry and that all starts with leadership.”
“Tonight’s game is kind of a culmination of all those things,” continued Jaques. ”I’m really proud of our effort on both ends of the floor in both halves. Just really proud of the fact we were able to pull this last win off.”
It was a closely contested first half with St. Peter’s leading much of the early going. Despite a good defensive effort on the part of the Saints, they struggled at times to convert on the offensive end shooting just 11-32 (34.4%) in the first 20 minutes. They took a narrow 25-23 lead into the break.
In the second half, the Peacocks (4-25, 4-16), who were coming off an upset of nine-time defending MAAC Champion Marist on Thursday, hung around and trailed by just one point, 44-43 with just under 8 minutes to go. The Saints turned up the heat defensively and began to fire up the offense as well as they went on a 16-0 run and with just under three minutes to go the lead had grown to 17 points, 60-43. That put the game away as the Saints doubled their win total from all of last season.
Junior Symone Kelly scored a career-high 15 points for Siena (18-11,11-9) along with 7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots off the bench. Sophomore Meghan Donohue also scored 15 as the Saints outscored St. Peter’s 36-14 in the paint.
Coles scored 10 points with five steals, four rebounds and three assists. She became just the sixth player in MAAC history to tally 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists and 250 steals for her career.
“It was just really emotional having the ceremony,” said Cole. ”It just felt really good to know that we have the support from everybody. We always have, our whole four years. That everyone could be here and we could pull off a win and have a great team game, it feels great.”
Krogh scored 13 points and added 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Her 136 assists this season is the most by any Siena player in 16 years.
“It was really emotional first of all,” said Krogh in reflecting on Senior Day. ”The way we played. The way the whole team stepped up for us in the end and we won, got a W out if it. It’s just amazing. There’s no better feeling than to end senior year like that.”
The Saints defense is peaking at the right time helping to fuel their 4-game winning streak. They grabbed 14 steals and forced 26 Peacock turnovers.
Alyssa Velles led St. Peter’s with 12 points and Sajanna Bethea added 11 points and six rebounds. The Peacocks will be the No. 10 seed in the MAAC Tournament facing 7 seed Rider in the First Round Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
The No. 5 seeded Saints will face No. 4 seed Iona on Friday at 2:30 pm. in the MAAC Quarterfinals at the Times Union Center.
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