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Women's basketball: Grenci helps Siena earn sixth seed in MAAC tourney

Monday, March 4, 2013
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— Senior captain Lily Grenci posted her 16th career double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds and added a career-high six steals, leading Siena to a 64-53 win over Canisius Sunday on Senior Day at the Alumni Recreation Center.

With the victory, Siena earns the No. 6 seed and a first-round bye in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament. Siena (12-17, 8-10), which is the No. 6 seed for the fourth time in the past six years, will once again meet third-seeded Fairfield in the quarterfinals Friday at approximately 11:30 a.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.

In a matchup in which the winner would secure the No. 6 seed and the final bye, Grenci made sure Siena would open tournament action Friday.

She sunk a pair of quick threes, the second a 30-foot prayer she banked in on a broken play to beat the shot clock to give Siena a lead it would not relinquish for the final 38 minutes. Grenci made a career-high four threes.

Siena’s bench came through in a big way, as well, outscoring the Golden Griffins’ second unit, 27-0. Kanika Cummings led the reserves with a season-high 13 points, while Clara Sole Anglada added 12 as the Saints beat Canisius for the third straight year in the final game of the regular season.

Ashley Wilkes led Canisius with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Kayla Hoohuli added 14 points and four steals. Jamie Ruttle also posted double figures with 11 for Canisius.

CANSIUS (53)

Wilkes 6-14 7-10 19, Ruttle 2-4 7-8 11, Hoohuli 5-12 1-2 14, Angelos 0-1 2-4 2, Durham 3-13 0-0 7, Gomez 001 0-2 0, Morabito 0-6 0-0 0, Braun 0-0 0-0 0, Lennox 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 16-52 17-26 53.

SIENA (64)

Grenci 5-15 8-8 22, Zarotney 2-4 0-0 4, Stewart 1-3 1-2 3, Mullings 0-3 0-0 0, Coles 2-6 4-6 8, Krogh 0-1 0-3 0, Kelly 0-0 2-2 2, Cummings 4-10 4-4 13, Sole Anglada 3-16 4-6 12, Booth 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-58 23-31 64.

Halftime—Siena, 29-25. Three-point goals—Canisius 4-20 (Wilkes 0-1, Ruttle 0-1, Hoohuli 3-7, Durham 1-6, Gomez 0-1, Morabito 0-4). Siena 7-23 (Grenci 4-6, Krogh 0-1, Cummings 1-5, Sole Anglada 2-11. Rebounds—Canisius 37 (Wilkes 10), Siena 47 (Grenci 14). Assists—Cainsius 8 (Angelos, Durham, Gomez 2 each), Siena 9 (Stewart 3). Total fouls—Canisius 25, Siena 21.

A — 1,047.

 
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