Knannlein Leads SHU Women Past Madonna, Warfield Sets Career Record For 3-Balls

Knannlein Leads SHU Women Past Madonna, Warfield Sets Career Record For 3-Balls

ADRIAN, Mich. -- Alexxis Knannlein finished with 17 points and seven rebounds while Morgan Warfield became the Siena Heights women's basketball program's all-time leader in career 3-pointers as the Saints defeated Madonna, 78-55, in a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference contest on Saturday at the SHU Fieldhouse.

Sierra Calhoun added a double-double worth 16 points and 12 rebounds, Najee Brazzle contributed 11 points, and Jennifer Jasinski compiled 10 points and nine rebounds. Also for the Saints (11-5, 5-4), Grace Howrigon had seven points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Warfield pieced together six points on a pair of 3-pointers. Heading into the game, she was tied with SHU graduate Jessica Spiegel at 213 career treys before hitting her 214th and 215th.

Siena Heights jumped in front, 9-0, but the visiting Crusaders (6-9, 4-4) later added a nine-point run of their own to pull even at 16-all. SHU then answered with seven consecutive points, including five from Brazzle, and led the rest of the way.

Warfield hit her record-setting 3-ball with 2:15 remaining in the first half, helping the Saints to a 28-20 lead.

SHU closed the opening half on a 17-7 run, finishing with a layup and free throw by Knannlein.

Madonna battled back early in the second half, enjoying a 9-1 stretch to close its deficit to 36-34 before the Saints answered with 11 consecutive points. Knannlein led the charge with six points and Warfield buried a 3-pointer to build on her new record. The Saints eventually led by as many as 24.

Siena Heights held a 60-36 rebounding advantage for the game and excelled on defense as the Crusaders shot 21.9 percent from the field (14 of 64).

The Saints will be in action again on Wednesday when they visit Marygrove for a 7:30 p.m. WHAC tip-off.