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Saints Hold On Against Aquinas

Saints Hold On Against Aquinas

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The 14th-ranked Siena Heights women's basketball team survived in a low scoring 51-42 win on the road against Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) opponent Aquinas. Kiana Votava (Port Huron, Mich.) finished with 12 points and five rebounds to help the Saints in the win.


Final Score: Siena Heights 51, Aquinas 42

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan (Sturrus Center)

Records: Siena Heights (23-2, 15-1 WHAC), Aquinas (14-11, 10-6 WHAC)


The teams traded scores to a tie at six points before a 5:38 shooting drought took effect that was broken when Shelby Morrow (Flushing, Mich.) hit a three-point jumper to give Siena a 10-6 lead. The last basket in the first came in the final five seconds when Allye Minor (Bryan, Ohio) drilled a three to push the SHU lead to 13-6.

Marissa Brady hit a layup for Aquinas at 9:42 to end the host Saints scoring woes that lasted 7:47 of game time. A 9-0 run for Siena Heights created the game's first double-digit lead, 24-10, with 2:59 remaining before the half, Votava hit a jumper from beyond the arc to respond to an Aquinas three to keep the SHU lead to 14 points with 1:45 left in the first half. The Saints traded baskets before the AQ Saints scored a triple to end the half with an 11-point deficit, 29-18.

The scoring troubles continued for both teams in the second half. Aquinas made the first field goal of the third with 6:56 left on the clock to cut the SHU Saint lead to nine points, 29-20. Votava made a layup to rebuild the 11-point lead, but a three-point jumper by Aquinas cut it to eight points with 6:06 left on the clock. Peyton Banks (Wadsworth, Mich.) made both of her free-throw attempts at the 3:42 mark to put Siena up by 10, 33-23. The host Saints were able to come within seven points of tying SHU, 37-30 when the third quarter ended.

A 6-0 run by the home Saints in the opening three minutes brought Aquinas within a single point of tying the score. The teams traded baskets before Votava made a layup that sparked a 7-0 run to build an eight-point cushion, 46-38, with 2:18 left in regulation. With the score at 48-42, Aquinas is forced to foul, but the Saints make five of their six free-throw attempts to seal the win for Siena.


Demi Russell (Toledo, Ohio) had a game-high 13 points on 6-15 shooting from the floor. She hauled in seven rebounds, dished three assists, had two steals, and two blocks.

• Votava added two assists, a steal, and a block to her stat line. 

• Banks finished with eight points that included her going 4-4 from the free-throw line. She remains perfect from the charity stripe in the past three games.

Addyson Tomczak (Bay City, Mich.) finished with eight points and one each in rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.


• JaKarri Alven led Aquinas with nine points on 4-10 shooting. She also had two rebounds and three assists.

• Marissa Brady finished with eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

• Camaryia Williams scored seven points, six rebounds, and three assists.


The Saints host UM-Dearborn this Saturday, February 8 at 3:00 p.m., EST. The game is the Annual Pink Game in the SHU Fieldhouse.