Siena College used a 14-0 run early in the game and never relinquished the lead to defeat the Canisius College women's basketball team 69-57 in the Koessler Athletic Center on Sunday afternoon. The Golden Griffins finish the regular season 12-17 overall and 6-12 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Junior Ashley Wilkes scored a team-high 18 points while sophomore Jamie Ruttle had her second career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Brooke Angelos had a career-high seven assists in 30 minutes.
"We didn't come out ready to play at the start of either half today, as Siena showed a lot of energy," Canisius coach Terry Zeh said. "Those shots that Siena made late in the shot clock feel worse when you're trying to dig out of a hole. We continue to put ourselves in that tough position of battling back from early deficits.
After a 3-pointer from freshman Kayla Hoohuli in the first minute of the game, Siena (11-16, 9-9 MAAC) scored 14 straight points to build a 14-3 lead. The Griffs battled back into the game, cutting it to 24-21 on a jumper from Wilkes. Siena drained a number of shots late in the shot clock, including a jumper Lily Grenci and 3-pointer from Cristina Centeno in the final two minutes of the half and took a 34-28 lead into the locker room.
The Griffs cut the Siena lead to 42-37 after a layup from Durham but another 3-pointer from Centeno as the shot clock expired pushed the lead back to eight for the Saints. The Griffs used two free throws from sophomore Courtney VandeBovenkamp and junior Ashley Durham to make it 45-41 with just over 10 minutes left, but that would be as close as the Griffs got the rest of the way. Siena made 18 free throws in those final 10 minutes to put the game away.
Centeno led Siena with 21 points and five assists. Grenci had 14 points and seven rebounds wile Clara Sole Anglada had 10 points and seven rebounds. The Saints shot 45.5 percent in the game (50 percent in the first half) and 50 percent (8-for-16) on 3-pointers.
Canisius will be the No. 8 seed in next week's MAAC Championship to be held next week at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. The Golden Griffins will face No. 9 seed Saint Peter's in the first round with tipoff set for 2 p.m.
Notes: Prior to the start of the game, Siena coach Gina Castelli ('86) was honored as part of the 1982-83 Golden Griffin women's basketball team that was inducted into the Canisius Athletics Hall of Fame at the end of January... Canisius lost to Siena in the KAC for the first time in four years... Angelos has 16 assists in the last three games... The 46 combined fouls called in the game were a season high in a Canisius contest... Ruttle's other double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds) came on Feb. 14, 2011, at Marist... Sophomore Jen Morabito made two 3-pointers and now has 63 on the season, tied for the seventh-most in program history.