Siena Women Get Revenge At Rider

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The Siena women faced Rider on Wednesday, just 8 days after letting one slip away in Loudonville and got revenge beating the Broncs, 65-43 in a dominant performance in Lawrenceville. It was Siena’s 9th road win of the season tying them with Arkansas-Little Rock, Rutgers and San Diego for the 3rd most road wins nationally.

“They really gave it to us last time at our place,” said Siena coach Ali Jaques. “It was just good to come out and play hard and have a good win for us.”

Things were even in the early going as the score was tied 7-7 with 16:43 to go in the first half. It was all Saints from there as they dominated defensively holding the Broncs scoreless for over ten minutes. In the first half, they outscored Rider 24-6 in the paint, outrebounded the Broncs 23-12 and outshot them 48.3% (14-29)  to 21.7% (5-23) from the field. Siena took a commanding 35-12 lead into the locker room.

The Saints managed their largest lead of the season as the margin grew to as many as 30 points with 12 minutes to go in the game. Although Rider would make a run and trim the lead down to 18, the game was never in doubt for the Saints who shot 56% in the second half.

With the win the Saints move to 13-9 overall and 6-7 in the MAAC as they continue to improve on last season. Their 9 road wins equals their total overall wins for 2013-2014. They are 9-2 in away games, 4-6 at home and 0-1 in neutral games.

“I have no idea,” said Jaques on why her team  has been so successful on the road. “Maybe we’ll start wearing our green uniforms at home. It might work. It might help us at home.”

Siena outrebounded Rider 39-29 marking the 23rd out of the last 24 games (one tie) the Saints have outrebounded their opponent.

For the game, the Saints outshot the Broncs 51.1% (23-45) to 27.3% (15-55) and outscored them for the game, 38-16 in the paint

The turnovers were nearly even as Siena committed 21 to Rider’s 20. However, they were able to capitalize more outscoring the Broncs 18-7 in points off turnovers.

Kollyns Scarbrough led the Saints with 13 points, shooting 9-11 from the free throw line, along with 5 rebounds. Meghan Donohue had 12 points on 6-7 shooting.

“We came in here with a chip on our shoulder,” said Donohue. “A quick turnaround, we just played them last week. We really wanted this win. Give our team credit. We came out here and played some tough defense, kept them to 12 (points) at half time. That was great defense all the way around.”

Tehresa  Coles added 11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Margot Hetzke chipped in 10 points with 7 rebounds, Symone Kelly had 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals, and Emia Willingham had 7 points, 5  rebounds and 4 steals. Ida Krogh grabbed 7 rebounds to go with 4 points and 3 assists.

Robin Perkins led Rider (7-15, 4-8) with 10 points.

“This was a dangerous place to come into tonight,” said Jaques on Rider who entered the game winners of 4 of their last 5 games. “I thought our players really settled in and did a good job. I’m getting chocolate, Meg will probably get vanilla but when we win, we get milkshakes.”

The Saints return to action at the ARC on Saturday when they host Monmouth at 2 p.m. on National Girls and Women in Sports Day.


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