Siena Women Complete Western NY Sweep Beating Canisius

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Sophomore Jackie Benitez set the Siena single season three-pointer record (77) in leading the Saints to a 77-67 win over Canisius in Buffalo on Saturday. With the win Siena completed the western NY sweep for the third straight year after beating Niagara on a buzzer beater by Benitez on Thursday.

After trailing at the half 32-26, Siena opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run to take the lead. Canisius answered with a 8-0 run as well as they were able to pull back ahead. At the end of three it was Golden Griffins 48, Siena 46.

The Saints went into another gear offensively, scoring 31 fourth quarter points. After a Canisius lay in with 8:46 to go that gave them a 52-50 lead, Siena did not give up a single field goal for the rest of the game. All 15 points the rest of the way came from the free throw line for Canisius as Siena pulled away for the key road victory.

The Saints had not won three straight at Niagara and Canisius since 1988-89 (the year before joining the MAAC), 1989-90 and 1990-91. The Saints have now won 5 out of six on the road after losing their first 8 games on the road this season.

Benitez finished with a team-high 24 points including 6 three-pointers for Siena who moves to 12-15 overall and 11-7 in the MAAC (4th place). Kollyns Scarbrough had 20 points and 7 rebounds and Meghan Donohue added 12 points on 6-7 shooting.

The Saints outscored the Griffs 34-24 in the paint and lost the battle on the glass, 33-24. They were able to capitalize off their defense however scoring 19 of their points off of 20 Canisius turnovers.

Sara Hinriksdottir led Canisius (9-18, 7-10) with a game-high 26 points. Margret Halfdanardottir added 15.

Siena returns to action on Friday in their final regular season road game as they take on St. Peter’s. Tip off is at 7 p.m.

Final Stats and Box Score

Remaining Regular Season Games

2/24/17 at St. Peter’s 7 p.m.

2/26/17 vs. Iona @TUC 1 p.m.

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