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Saints Use 19-0 Run in Final Quarter to Start Season 2-0

Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie
Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie

ADRIAN, Mich. -- The Siena Heights women's basketball team used a 19-0 run in the fourth quarter to pull ahead of (RV) West Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon. Peyton Banks (Wadsworth, Ohio) led the Saints with 27-point, 12-rebound double-double in the win.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Siena Heights 84, West Virginia Tech 74

Location: Adrian, Mich. (SHU Fieldhouse)

Records: Siena Heights (2-0), West Virginia Tech (3-3)

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Saints pulled ahead early with a 9-5 advantage in the first five minutes of the first quarter. A three-point shot and a four-point play from the Golden Bears had things at 18-12 in the final 40 seconds of the opening period.

Siena Heights went on a 5-0 run to start the second quarter and retake the lead 20-18. The Saints would build a six-point lead of their own (28-22) at the 5:19 mark in the second. West Virginia Tech cut the deficit to one point with just over 4:30 remaining in the first half, but SHU would use a 5-0 run and a three-point jumper to build an eight-point advantage that turned into the first double-digit lead of the game (42-32) with 50 seconds left before the half. The Gold Bears cut the Saint lead to nine points, 44-35, as the teams entered the locker room at intermission.

Banks hit a layup to extend the Siena Height lead to 11 points before a 6-0 run by WVU Tech shrank the lead to just five points with 8:33 left in the third. The Golden Bears knotted things back up at 51 with two good free throws with just 3:39 on the clock in the third stanza. The score remained close for the rest of the quarter with Siena holding the slimmest of margins (60-59) going into the fourth quarter. 

West Virginia Tech hit a layup to take the lead, 61-60 as things got started in the final quarter. Shelby Morrow (Flushing, Mich.) made a layup that sparked the 19-0 run by the Saints that lasted for the next 6:09 and put the score at 78-61 in favor of the home team with just 2:44 remaining in regulation. A 10-0 run by the Golden Bears cut the SHU lead to single digits (82-73), but time would run out before they could complete the comeback.

Siena outrebounded West Virginia Tech 40-33. The Saints also had a 24-11 advantage in assists.

TOP SAINTS

• Banks was 9-17 from the floor, 1-4 from three, and a perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe to lead the Saints to the win.

Kelsey Wyman (Blissfield, Mich.) finished with 19 points on 7-13 shooting from the floor. She hit three of her eight attempts from beyond the arc and was 2-2 from the free-throw line. She also tied for a team-high six assists in the game.

Demi Russell (Toledo, Ohio) scored eight points and hauled in eight rebounds to contribute to the victory. Five of her rebounds gave the Saints second-chance opportunities.

THE OPPOSITION

• Alex Gray led the Golden Bears with 20 points.

• Brittney Justice and Laura Requena each pulled down seven boards.

• Carlie Biehl-Wilson led the team in assists with three.

UP NEXT

The Saints will remain at home to host Northwestern Ohio in the team's Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference opener on Tuesday, November 12. The opening tip is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., EST.