Tomasik Records Double-Double in #11 Women's Hoops Loss to Madonna

Tomasik Records Double-Double in #11 Women's Hoops Loss to Madonna

ADRIAN, Mich. -- Mackenzie Tomasik had a double-double, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds, but the 11th-ranked Siena Heights women's basketball team was unable to hold off upset-minded Madonna and suffered a 63-56 defeat in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference play at the SHU Fieldhouse on Wednesday.

Sierra Calhoun added 11 points and Alexxis Knannlein finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for the Saints (12-4, 7-2).

Madonna's Justice Dean hit a 3-pointer with 3:59 remaining in the contest, helping the Crusaders (9-6, 8-1) take the lead and begin a six-point run to 58-52. MU then led the rest of the way.

SHU trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half before going into halftime down, 26-18.

In the second, the teams traded seven-point runs, which saw Siena Heights close its deficit to 29-27 before Madonna widened the gap to 36-27.

The Saints eventually gained the lead, using a 10-0 streak to go ahead, 39-39. Najee Brazzle and Morgan Warfield hit 3-pointers before Knannlein put in four straight points.

Later, each team enjoyed six-point runs before a 52-all tie set the stage for Dean's go-ahead basket.

Rachel Melcher led the visitors with 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Lindsey Hernden added 17 points while Michele Hayes put in 13.

SHU held a 45-35 rebound advantage, but turnovers hurt the Saints. While Madonna committed eight TOs, Siena Heights had 16. As a team, the Saints shot 21 of 59 from the field (35.6 percent) and 4 of 20 from three-point land (20.0 percent).

The Saints will return to action on Saturday with a 1 p.m. WHAC contest at Lourdes (Ohio).