Siena Drives Past Bonnies With Second Half Surge, 70-62

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ALBANY – Sunday afternoon's women's basketball contest between sister schools St. Bonaventure and Siena saw one side control the first half and the other seize momentum after intermission.

Unfortunately for the Bonnies, it was host Siena who held serve at the end, taking a 70-62 victory thanks to a 17-2 sprint during the fourth quarter.

Three Bonnies scored in double figures, led by Arielle Harvey who tallied a game-high 17 points in her second game with the Brown and White. Jalisha Terry poured in 16 points off the bench and Mariah Ruff finished with 12 points.

Danielle Migliore and Mckenna Maycock each hauled in double digit rebounds as well, both registering career highs in boards as Maycock tallied 13 while Migliore pulled down 11.

The Bonnies (1-1) enjoyed an early run, taking a nine-point cushion to intermission after leading for the majority of the first 20 minutes. Siena (1-1) roared back after the break, though, using a 21-11 advantage during the third quarter to take a 47-46 edge into the final 10 minutes.

St. Bonaventure appeared to have re-gained momentum, though, late in the third quarter and early in the fourth. Harvey drained a three from in front of the Bonnies bench just before the shot clock buzzer for the final points of the third, bringing the visitors within a point. 

Siena moved ahead by five early in the fourth, but the Bonnies quickly erased the deficit. Bona grabbed the lead back with 8:25 to play when Terry drove the lane for a running one-hander, drawing the foul for a traditional three-point play and a 53-51 score. 

From there, though it was all Siena.

On the next trip down the floor, Siena's Karolina Severova drilled a three-pointer off a feed from Aaliyah Jones to re-take the lead. After a defensive stop, the Saints picked up second chance points as Kollyns Scarbrough cleaned up the glass. The game-changing run by the Saints was ignited as the Bonnies would remain quiet from the floor until there were just 48 seconds remaining and the hosts had the game in hand.

Scarbrough matched Harvey with 17 points of her own, adding 10 rebounds as well after being honored in pre-game for reaching 1,000 career points earlier in the weekend. Maddie Sims added 16 off the bench for Siena.

The Bonnies shot at a 40 percent clip for the game (22-for-55) while holding the Saints to 35 percent (23-65), but the hosts were able to account for 24 second chance points as well as 16 from the charity stripe. Bona owned a 43-40 edge on the boards, including 12 offensive rebounds, but 19 offensive rebounds from Siena allowed the Saints to pull away down the stretch.

St. Bonaventure returns to action for another road game at Little Three rival Canisius Wednesday evening. Tip-off in Buffalo is slated for 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES: Sunday marked the 21st meeting all-time between the sister Franciscan schools with Siena holding onto a 13-8 series lead, breaking a two-game Bonnies win streak … the Bonnies went with a starting five of Ruff, Migliore, Maycock, Calabrese and Paulson for the second consecutive game … Maycock's previous high in rebounding was 12 at Richmond last year while Migliore broke her own personal mark that she set on Friday night when she had five rebounds vs. Niagara … freshman Emily Calabrese totaled eight points and seven rebounds … Bona sank seven three-pointers, but just two after halftime … Terry was just one point off her career high of 17 set vs. Stony Brook last year.

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