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Siena Women Top Manhattan In Pink Zone Game
- Updated: February 11, 2017
It was a back-and-forth affair throughout Friday night but the Siena women came through when it counted most, beating Manhattan 67-62 in the annual Pink Zone Game. There were 8 ties and 16 lead changes but with four key steals in the closing minute the Saints sealed the victory.
“Really, really proud of our kids, gutsy performance,” said Siena coach Ali Jaques. “I think it some respects it can be difficult for our players to focus because there are a lot of emotions before the (Pink Zone) game. Having the chance to meet cancer survivors, the woman that I met was a 20-year survivor and that’s just a really special thing. And for Deja (Rawls) to have her grandmother here tonight is a really special thing. For our team, I think we’ve matured a lot and I think we’ve talked a lot about living in the moment, living for today and having fun with what you have because you don’t know what’s coming next. I think our team carried that message onto the court today and played with a lot of confidence.”
An inspired Saints team started the game on an 8-2 run after an emotional pregame celebration honoring cancer survivors. Manhattan was able to narrow the lead and pulled within 19-18 with a three at the end of the first quarter.
It was a one possession game throughout the second quarter and with a lay in in the final seconds of the half, the Jaspers took a 39-38 lead into the break. Siena found more possessions in the opening half and freshman Anna Lunquist led them with 9 points but Manhattan outshot the Saints 57.1% to 42.4% to gain the advantage.
In the third quarter, the Saints struggled to find their offense missing 9 of their first 10 field goal attempts and shooting just 3-16 (18.8%) from the field for the quarter while going 0-5 from beyond the arc. Manhattan led by as many as 6 points with 4:56 left in the period but Meghan Donohue started a 6-0 Siena run when she grabbed a steal and in something you don’t see every day she went coast-to-coast to lay it in. With the help of a solid defensive effort, the Saints were able to keep it close and trailed by just two, 49-47 heading into the final period.
Kollyns Scarbrough scored 5 straight points for the Saints who opened the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run. They led by as many as 7 with 2:41 to go but the Jaspers were able to cut it to 64-62 with just under a minute and a half remaining. Scarbrough came up with steals on three consecutive Manhattan possessions and Denisha Petty-Evans grabbed the game-sealing steal on the next as she layed it in to give the Saints the five-point victory.
Scarbrough led the way for Siena (10-14, 9-6) scoring 10 of her game-high 17 points in the crucial fourth quarter. She added 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Meghan Donohue scored 14 points with 7 rebounds and Jackie Benitez added 11 points and 3 steals for the Saints who had 12 steals in all as a team.
Nyasha Irizarry led Manhattan (7-17, 3-14) with 15 points on 5 three-pointers. Mikki Guiton added 14 points and Kayla Grimme also scored 14 making it a double-double with her 12 boards.
The Saints return to action on Sunday as they host Quinnipiac for Senior Day. Siena will honor senior players Denisha Petty-Evans and Meghan Donohue and team manager Ariana Long prior to the 2 p.m. tipoff.