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Siena Women Shot Down by Quinnipiac In MAAC Semifinal

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Siena faced the MAAC Regular Season Champions in the semifinals of the MAAC Tournament on Sunday and they were barraged by an impressive display of outside shooting as they fell to the Bobcats, 64-47. As a team, Quinnipiac hit 12 three-pointers on their way to their 20th straight win which advances them to the MAAC Final versus Marist on Monday.

In the first half, the Saints did manage to lead early as a pair of Ida Krogh free throws gave them an 8-7 advantage with 15:36 to go before the break. The Bobcats scored in bunches soon after and they surged ahead to carry a 42-24 lead into the  locker room.

The Saints who have faced challenges head on all season bounced out of the locker room and ripped off 8 straight points to narrow the lead to ten, 42-32 with 16:47 to go. The Bobcats answered right back with an 8-0 run of their own over the next few minutes and they led comfortably the rest of the way.

Jasmine Martin and Samantha Guastella combined for 43 points to lead Quinnipiac to their 30th win of the season. Martin finished with 23 points hitting 3-6 three-pointers while Guastella totaled 20 points hitting 6 of 12 from beyond the three-point arc. Gillian Abshire added 8 points hitting two threes of her own. The Bobcats hit twelve threes in all while Siena was 0-13 from distance.

Siena was led by senior Ida Krogh with 16 points and 7 rebounds and sophomore Meghan Donohue added 14 points and 8 rebounds. Quinnipiac was successful in holding Siena’s two leading scorers Margot Hetzke (2) and Tehresa Coles (6) to just 8 combined points.

Coles minutes were limited to 28 due to foul trouble picking up her second early in the first half and her third with 7:37 still left before the break. Her fourth came with almost 8 minutes to go in the game on one of the most mysterious calls of the season as she was knocked to floor by a Quinnipiac player who came over her back for a rebound.

The Saints were able to get the ball inside, a strength all season, outscoring QU 30-16 in the paint. While struggling themselves from the field shooting 17-61 (27.9%), Siena was effective overall on defense holding QU to 64 points, 15 below their average on 36.5% shooting from the field. Notre Dame is the Bobcat’s only opponent to hold them to fewer points this season.

Siena’s record stands at 19-12, a dramatic improvement over last season’s 9 win total. The 10-win improvement is tied for the 6th best in the country. Now having posted the first winning season in 11 years, the Saints wait to hear if they will receive a bid to a postseason tournament. They appear to be a candidate for the 16-team Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) and will learn whether their magical season continues on Monday, March 16th after the NCAA and WNIT fields are announced.

For postgame comments from Siena coach Ali Jaques, Tehresa Coles, Ida Krogh and Quinnipiac coach Tricia Fabbri, Click Here: Postgame Quotes Following Siena Loss To Quinnipiac In MAAC Semifinals

See Also: Siena Women On The Way To Transforming A Program

 

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