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Siena Women Defeat Manhattan Going Away

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Siena clamped down on defense in the second half and continued to roll offensively, defeating Manhattan 82-58 at Draddy Gymnasium. The Saints placed three players in double figures, two with double-doubles and matched a season high scoring output with their 82 points.

“We really locked-in in the second half and did some good things,” said Siena coach Ali Jaques. “I’m really proud of this group tonight.”

The game was tight for the first 24 minutes. There were nine ties and eight lead changes in the 1st half and Siena came away at the break leading 40-35. The 10th tie of the day (44-44) came with 16:47 remaining on a lay-in by Manhattan’s Blake Underhill. However, the Saints would close out the game with a 38-14 run to win going away.

Siena’s three freshman all made major contributions is earning the Saints’ first MAAC win of the season. Meghan Donohue tallied the second double-double of her young career with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Brianna Logan came up big with 9 points, 4 rebounds and career-high 6 assists. Emia Willingham added 9 points in 7 minutes.

“I think Brianna Logan gave us a really big lift off the bench. Emia did some really good things towards the end off the bench. Meghan’s just so solid and our team’s smart enough to go to her more often.  I thought our freshman really gave us a lift and gave us a spark which we needed desperately,” Jaques said.

Junior Tehresa Coles landed her first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds along with 5 assists and 3 steals. Clara Sole Anglada added 13 points and 9 rebounds and Kanika Cummings chipped in with 8 points, 3 assists and 3 steals.

“Manhattan is a great shooting team and they take lot of jump shots which leads to long rebounds,” said Jaques. “It’s crucial for our up and down guards in our matchup in “Blizz” to really rebound and T Coles did a great job of that tonight.”

Siena out-rebounded the Jaspers 56-30 including 24 on the offensive boards.

“We had a goal of getting 15 offensive rebounds in this game and at halftime I challenged them to get 20. So, we accomplished that goal. It’s all the little things,” Jaques explained.

The Saints came away with 14 steals, allowing them to get out in transition and capitalize with 20 points off of 18 Manhattan turnovers. They were able to limit their own turnovers to just 14.

“When we can keep our turnovers down and when we can get out and run and we can push tempo, we’re gonna wear teams down in the second half. We’re deep enough. We’ve got the legs to do that,” Jaques said. “We talked about that at halftime and that’s an advantage that we have and when we are taking care of the ball we can capitalize on that.”

Manhattan (3-10, 2-2) had three players in double figures. Shayna Ericksen led with17 points and 9 rebounds. Monica Roeder scored 14 points with 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Underhill added 11 points.

Siena (6-6, 1-2) is back in action on Tuesday when they head to Poughkeepsie to take on 8-time defending MAAC Champion Marist. Tip-off is at 7 PM.

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