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Blackshire Scores Career-High 19 Points to Lead Saints Past Warriors

Blackshire Scores Career-High 19 Points to Lead Saints Past Warriors

ADRIAN, Mich. -- The Siena Heights women's basketball team defeated Rochester 70-49 in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) play on Saturday night at the SHU Fieldhouse. Fourth-year junior Jayshonna Blackshire tallied a career-high 19 points and five steals to lead the Saints in the victory. 

THE BASICS

Final Score: Siena Heights 70, Rochester 49

Location: Adrian, Michigan (SHU Fieldhouse)

Records: Siena Heights (14-4, 7-2 WHAC), Rochester (12-8, 6-5 WHAC)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Kiana Votava led the Saints with five points in the first quarter. Blackshire tallied four points in the first and the Saints used a 5-0 run in the final minute to hold onto a 14-11 lead going into the second quarter. 

Siena was 9-15 from the floor in the second quarter to build a 34-21 lead at the half. A 6-0 run in the final four minutes of the half was key to helping the Saints build the lead.

The Warriors started the third quarter with a 6-0 run to cut Siena lead to nine points (36-27) with 8:02 remaining in the opening quarter of the second half. SHU would continue to build upon the lead, using a 5-0 run to jump out to a 15-point advantage with 2:14 left before the start of the final quarter. 

The Saints put the game away with a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter that began at the 5:22 mark and ended with just 1:46 left in the game.

TOP SAINTS

• Blackshire was 6-15 from the floor in the game and was a big reason why the Saints held a 10-0 advantage in fast-break points.

Demi Russell and Alyssa Larson each tallied nine points in the game. Russell was 4-7 from the floor while Larson was 3-3 off the bench.

Kiana Votava finished with eight points and Sharmaine Wills scored seven points while leading the team with seven rebounds.

THE OPPOSITION

• Devan Valko led the Warriors with 13 points.

• Brooke Fielder and Valko led the team with five rebounds.

UP NEXT

The Saints travel to face Indiana Tech in WHAC action on Wednesday, January 9. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 PM.