#RV SHU Women Cannot Finish Off Upset Bid of #4 DU

#RV SHU Women Cannot Finish Off Upset Bid of #4 DU

ADRIAN, Mich. -- Sierra Calhoun led all scorers with 19 points, but the Siena Heights women's basketball team fell victim to a 16-point Davenport run and was unable to knock off the fourth-ranked Panthers in a 55-51 decision at the SHU Fieldhouse on Wednesday.

Jessie Arnold and Mackenzie Tomasik added nine and eight rebounds, respectively, while Grace Howrigon came through with five assists and three steals for the Saints (5-4, 2-3).

Siena Heights used a 12-point streak of its own, including six from Calhoun, to build an early 16-5 lead -- and eventually take a 31-19 advantage into halftime.

A second half-opening layup by Calhoun helped the Saints widen the gap to 14 points before DU answered with an 11-4 charge to trim its deficit to 37-30.

Later in the second, the Panthers (9-1, 4-1) scored 16 consecutive points, culminating with game-tying and go-ahead 3-pointers by Linnea Brandholm as Davenport took a 49-46 lead with 4:47 to go. The visitors led the rest of the way.

During the Panthers' comeback, SHU went 0 of 7 from the field and committed two turnovers while Davenport went 5 of 9 from the field, including a trio of 3-balls.

Siena Heights twice trimmed its deficit to three after that, but truly had only one chance to tie the contest. At that point, the Saints had a turnover with 1:21 remaining. 

With eight seconds to go -- and the Panthers leading 54-51 -- DU's Tiesha Stokes converted the back end to give Davenport of a double-bonus to give Davenport a four-point cushion.

Brandholm, Stokes and Alex Law scored nine points each for the Panthers. Brandholm also had six rebounds while Kia Frazier finished with five assists and three steals.

Siena Heights shot 41.9 percent from the field (13 of 31) before falling back to 25.9 percent in the second (7 of 27). The Panthers had an opposite turnaround, shooting 25.9 in the first (7 of 27) and then 50 percent in the second (14 of 28).

The Saints will return to action on Saturday with a 4 p.m. matchup at WHAC opponent Indiana Tech.