The Siena women hosted MAAC power Marist at the ARC on Sunday afternoon and gave them all they could handle for 30 minutes. In the end the Red Foxes (17-6, 12-0) pulled away for a 66-48 victory.
With a crowd of 1,037 on hand for National Girls and Women in Sports Day at the ARC, Siena (9-13, 5-7) matched Marist blow for blow in a hard-fought, physical first half. Despite an 8-0 run by Marist, the Saints countered keeping things close and trailed 28-24 at the break.
In the second half the Saints continued to battle and as they had two weeks ago in Poughkeepsie, showed they are a team to be reckoned with. When freshman Symone Kelly hit a bucket inside with 10:09 to go, Siena trailed just 44-40. They would fail to score on their next 8 possessions however and Marist finally pulled away extending their lead to 15 with five minutes to go. The seven-time defending MAAC champs would go on to beat Siena for the 19th consecutive time.
Despite a constant stream of yelling and complaints from the Marist side about the officiating, it appeared that the Red Foxes dished out plenty, particularly inside where Siena’s Lily Grenci was pushed, held and sandwiched for much of the game, limiting her to just 7 points and 4 rebounds.
Clara Sole Anglada led the Saints with 12 points. Tehresa Coles added 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Kanika Cummings (7 points) and Allison Mullings (6 points) added quality minutes and a nice spark off the bench.
Casey Dulin led Marist with 14 points. Kristina Danella added 13 off the bench. Elizabeth Beynnon (12 points) and Emma O’Connor (10 points, 9 rebounds) also scored in double figures for the Red Foxes who have won their last 22 straight conference games and 56 of their last 57 against MAAC opponents.
Siena will host Rider on Friday at 7 p.m. at the ARC in the Saints’ 13th Annual Pink Zone Game presented by Berkshire Bank. For more information on the game including ways to donate and support the event, visit SienaSaints.com/pinkzone