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Siena Women Fall In Albany Cup

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The Siena Women stumbled out of the gate in the first half of their season-opener and fell to UAlbany 69-42 in the Albany Cup at the Times Union Center. Despite the final outcome, there were some bright spots that the Saints will take away including encouraging play from the freshmen class.

The first half was one to forget as an offensive drought plagued the Saints going scoreless for the first 7:57 and failing to hit a field goal for the first 12 minutes. Overall they shot 5-29 (17.2%) and 0-10 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes falling behind 43-15 at the half.

“The first half got away from us, clearly but I really challenged our team at half time and I thought we came out with a lot of fight in the second half,” said Siena coach Ali Jaques.

After the break the Saints tightened things up defensively and outscored the Great Danes 27-26 in the second half. In all their pressure defense led to 28 UAlbany turnovers. But, the deficit was too large to overcome and Albany went on to win its 4th consecutive Albany Cup.

“Definitely not an indication of all the work I know this team has put in. I know we’re gonna be alright cause I know we have fighters on this team,” said Jaques.

Siena freshman Meghan Donohue was impressive in her debut game leading the Saints with 13 points and 6 boards. Fellow freshman Brianna Logan came off the bench to run the point chipping in with 5 points and 2 assists in 29 minutes. Classmate Emia Willingham also added a spark off the bench with 5 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Junior captain Tehresa Coles scored 12 points.

The Danes were led by Sarah Royals with a game high 21 points along with 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Margarita Rosario added 14 points and Shereesha Richards scored 13 points with 12 rebounds.

Next up the Saints travel to Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday Nov. 16.

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