Siena Women’s Basketball Falls at Duquesne in First Road Test

Four Saints in Double Figures in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, PA – Siena Women’s Basketball took the road for the first time during the 2022-23 campaign Tuesday evening, embarking on its longest geographical road trip of the year. The Saints (2-3) finished a home-and-home series against Duquesne (4-1) with a 92-73 loss to the Dukes at UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

After taking a ten-point home loss to Duquesne last season, Siena stayed competitive with it’s A-10 foe through the first quarter-and-a-half of the game, scoring seven of the first nine points of the contest and holding a 27-26 lead with 6:46 remaining in the first half. Playing in its fourth home game of the year in five outings, Duquesne scored the game’s next nine points and went to the locker room with a ten-point advantage.

En-route to eclipsing the 90-point mark for the second time this year, the home team held a 47-38 scoring advantage in the second half with multiple double-digit runs. Five Dukes finished in double figures, with Naelle Bernard and Ayanna Townshead each going for 18 points. Duquesne shot 46 percent from the field while connecting on 12 three-point shots and out-rebounding Siena, 50-41.

Despite periods of shooting struggles, the Saints recorded their second-highest scoring output in five games this season, with four players finishing in double figures for the first time this year. Freshman Elisa Mevius became the first Saint this season to eclipse the 20-point mark while adding six rebounds and six assists to lead all scorers. Sophomore Anajah Brown combined a season-best 14 points with eight boards, while junior Ahniysha Jackson and reigning MAAC Rookie of the Week Teresa Seppala each contributed ten points. Siena shot 38 percent from the field while tying a season high with nine three-point shots made.

Following a midweek lull for Thanksgiving, Siena will resume its second-longest road trip of the year and a string of seven of nine games away from home by competing at the TD Bank Classic in Burlington, Vermont for the first time since 2018 this weekend. The Saints will face Oakland on Saturday, November 26 at 3 PM, and will take on either Vermont or Stonehill on Sunday, November 27.

Courtesy Siena

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