Siena Women Take Another Step In Win Over Fairfield

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The Siena women made another step in their sensational season, beating one of the league’s top teams as they took out Fairfield on the road, 54-47. After playing the Stags down to the wire in a loss early in the season in Loudonville, the Saints were able to outshoot and outrebound the 3rd place team to pull off their 11th road win of the season.

“There’s days I just absolutely love my job,” said Siena coach Ali Jaques. “I’m so proud of everybody top to bottom. The kids did a great job. I thought T did a really good job down the stretch being smart and getting fouled. This is a really big win for our program.”

With the win, Siena stands in sole possession of the all important fifth place in the MAAC with just two regular season games remaining. Niagara and Rider, who play each other on Sunday, each sit a half game behind the Saints. Seeds 1 through 5 earn a first round bye in the upcoming MAAC Tournament.

After a tight first half in which the lead changed four times, Siena trailed by just one point, 27-26 heading into the break.

Coming out of the locker room the teams exchanged baskets and then with 16:37 to go, a Meghan Donohue bucket gave the Saints a 30-29 lead. That began a 13-1 Siena run fueled by a smothering defense and by the 9:03 mark they led 41-30. The Stags answered with a 10-0 run and with just under five and half minutes to go the Siena lead was cut to just one. However, the Saints bent but they never broke as they held on to win, breaking Fairfield’s 6-game home winning streak.

Senior Tehresa Coles led the Saints (16-11, 9-9) with 16 points and freshman Margot Hetzke tallied the fifth double-double of her young career with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Emia Willingham finished with seven points off the bench and Symone Kelly and  Meghan Donohue each added six points. Senior Ida Krogh dished out 6 assists.

“Our seniors really took this personally,” said Jaques. “Last year when we were here we had a really tough loss, so give our seniors credit for just holding down the fort and finding a way.”

Siena outshot Fairfield 45.2% to 37.0% from the field for the game. The Stags shot just 5-20 (25%) in the second half. Siena controlled the boards decisively, outrebounding Fairfield 35-22. Their 11 road wins ties Siena for the third most nationally.

Fairfield (12-14, 11-6) was led by Casey Smith with 11 points. Kristine Miller and Kristin Schatzlein each added eight points.

Siena finishes out the regular season playing their final two games at home. They return to the ARC on Friday to take on Canisius. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.


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