Saint Women Extend Winning Streak to Seven With Blowout Win Over Lourdes

Photo Courtesy of Laura Harvey
Photo Courtesy of Laura Harvey

ADRIAN, Mich. -- The Siena Heights women's basketball team extended its winning streak to seven after a 73-48 blowout win over Lourdes in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) action at the SHU Fieldhouse on Wednesday night. Demi Russell was a force in the paint for the Saints as she led the team with 19 points.


Final Score: Siena Heights 73, Lourdes 48

Location: Adrian, Michigan (SHU Fieldhouse)

Records: Siena Heights (9-2, 5-2 WHAC), Lourdes (5-6, 2-3 WHAC)


The Saints started the opening two minutes of the game hot with a 9-0 run. Demi Russell was the catalyst as she scored seven of the nine points in the run. Lourdes responded with an 8-0 run late in the quarter that cut the SHU lead to two (13-11) with just over a minute left on the clock. The teams traded baskets in the final minute as the Saints took a 15-13 lead into the second.

A layup by Ra'Zhane Newberry tied the game and sparked a 5-0 run for the Gray Wolves that gave them their first lead of the game (18-15) with 8:41 remaining before halftime. The Saints responded with a 6-0 run that was sparked by a made layup by Alyssa Larson that put Siena back on top 21-18 with 6:34 remaining in the half. The Saints ended the half on a 13-1 run to hold a 34-26 lead at the half.

SHU had runs of 6-0 and 5-0 in the third to extend the lead to 55-35 with just under two and a half minutes in the quarter. 

The Saints began the fourth quarter with a 5-0 run to build upon the lead (63-37). Lourdes responded with a  6-0 run to cut the deficit to 22 points. SHU tallied a 6-0 run in response to increase the lead before the Gray Wolves went on a 5-0 run late in the fourth quarter to put the score a 71-48 Saints.

Siena shot 43.3% from the floor as a team. The Saints only made two three-point jumpers in the game but was 19-22 from the free throw line. Lourdes finished 27.8% in field goals, 21.7% from three, and 56.5% from the charity stripe.


• Russell finished 6-9 from the floor and 7-9 from the free throw line to lead the Saints.

• Larson totaled 18 points and nine rebounds in her first start of the season. She shot 8-14 in field goals and made both of her free throw attempts.

Anaya Powell led the Saint defense with three steals in the game. She also contributed three points and eight rebounds.

Haley Hoffman had a team-high four assists while scoring five points.


• Jami Hardy led the Gray Wolves with 11 points on 4-13 shooting. She was 2-9 from three and 1-2 from the free throw line.

• Christiana Jefferson tallied 10 points on 3-5 shooting to go along with two rebounds and two assists.

• Keyvona Davis led the team with five rebounds.


The Saints host Madonna on Saturday, December 8. The team will play the second game in a doubleheader. The game is scheduled for 5:00 p.m., but will tip off approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the men's game scheduled at 3:00 p.m.