Warfield Named Roosevelt Tourney MVP as SHU Women Triumph Over #10 Midland

Warfield Named Roosevelt Tourney MVP as SHU Women Triumph Over #10 Midland

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Morgan Warfield scored 18 points and was named Tournament MVP as the Siena Heights women's basketball team defeated 10th-ranked Midland (Neb.), 77-68, to claim the Roosevelt Holiday Tournament championship on Sunday.

Sierra Calhoun, who scored 17 points, was also named to the All-Tournament Team while Alexxis Knannlein chipped in with 13 points and Grace Howrigon compiled 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Calhoun also had four assists.

The victory extended the Saints' winning streak to four games; SHU has used strong first halves to take command in each win.

On Sunday, Siena Heights (9-5) snagged a 36-22 halftime lead, courtesy of a 41.9-percent performance from the field (13 of 31) while holding the Warriors to 28 percent (7 of 25) and 14.3 percent from 3-point land (1 of 7).

Trailing 11-10, the Saints exploded for a 17-2 run and led the rest of the way. During that charge, Warfield had eight points including a pair of 3-pointers. The streak culminated with a Howrigon 3-ball, putting SHU ahead 27-13 with 6:17 left in the half.

Siena Heights led by 14 points on three separate occasions -- the final instance occurring on a late first-half 3-pointer by Jessie Arnold.

Midland (9-7) charged back in the second half, going on an 11-3 stretch to pull within 39-33. The Warriors eventually pulled closer, closing the gap to four points twice, but six consecutive points by SHU -- a 3-pointer by Warfield and three free throws by Calhoun -- helped Siena Heights push its advantage to 68-58 with 3:43 to go.

From there, the Saints went 7 of 8 from the charity stripe to hold off Midland. On the game, Siena Heights shot 80 percent from the line (24 of 30).

All five Midland starters reached double-figures in scoring. The Warriors were led by Jamilah Johnson, who had 14 points. Joelle Anderson added 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists while Taylor Shepard also scored 12 points.

Also for the Warriors, Sammi Licari had 11 points and eight rebounds. Kellie Page contributed 10 points.

Anderson, Page and the Roosevelt duo of Tori Clark and Casey Davis were named to the All-Tournament Team with Warfield and Calhoun.

Roosevelt, the 11th-ranked hosts, handled Grace (Ind.) in the tournament's consolation game, 76-53.

Siena Heights will return to action on Thursday with a 7:30 p.m. contest against Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference opponent Concordia.