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Demi Russell HIts 1000 Points as the #19 Saints Remain Perfect in WHAC Play After Road Win Against UM-Dearborn

Photo Courtesy of UM-Dearborn Sports Information Department
Photo Courtesy of UM-Dearborn Sports Information Department

DEARBORN, Mich. -- The Siena Heights women's basketball team remained perfect in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) play after a 76-69 win over Michigan-Dearborn on the road Saturday afternoon. Peyton Banks (Wadsworth, Ohio) recorded her third consecutive double-double by tallying a team-high 25 points and 12 rebounds.


Final Score: Siena Heights 76, UM-Dearborn 69

Location: Dearborn, Michigan (UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse)

Records: Siena Heights (15-1, 8-0 WHAC), UM-Dearborn (10-7, 3-4 WHAC)


The Saints responded to a 5-0 run by the Wolverines with eight-straight points in the first quarter. UM-Dearborn retook the lead with an 8-0 run of its own to put the score at 13-8 with 5:47 remaining in the opening period. The Wolverines pushed the lead to eight points, 20-12, with just over 1:50 left in the first. Kelsey Wyman (Blissfield, Mich.) hit a layup in the final minute to cut the Saints deficit to six points.

A good three-point jumper in the first 12 seconds of the second by the Wolverines increased the advantage to nine points, 23-14. Wyman drilled three shots from beyond the arc to cut the UM-Dearborn lead to 25-24 with 6:24 left in the half. Addyson Tomczak (Bay City, Mich.) made both of her free-throw attempts, the first one tied the game and the second provided the Saints with the lead. Wyman hit another three to increase the SHU lead to four points, 29=25, with 4:35 left in the first half. Perimeter shooting helped the Wolverines keep the score close, but Siena Heights would hold a 35-32 lead at the intermission.

A 9-2 run by the Saints to start the third period would show the game's first double-digit lead, 44-34, with 7:15 left in the third stanza. Six points were as close as UM-Dearborn would get before the Saints would pull away, eventually building a 58-42 advantage with 2:43 left in the third.

Siena Heights held a 12-point lead going into the final quarter. That lead would climb to a 16-point edge, 69-53, as the Saints would never look back on the way to the win.


• Banks was 10-19 from the floor and a perfect 5-5 from the free-throw line to lead the team. Seven of her game-high 12 rebounds gave SHU second chances on possessions. 

• Wyman finished 6-14 from the floor and 5-10 from beyond the arc for 21 points. She also contributed with six rebounds and two steals.

Demi Russell (Toledo, Ohio) totaled 16 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Her 16 points also had her achieve the milestone of 1,000 career points.

Anaya Powell (Grand Rapids, Mich.) played the role of the playmaker for the Saints as she dished 10 assists. It's the first game of the season with double-digit assists for Powell.


• Ro'Zhane Wells led the Wolverines with 22 points and nine assists.

• Sade Lemons (20 points) and Cydney Williams (13 points) each had double-digit points for UM-Dearborn. Williams led the team with nine rebounds.


The Saints return home to host Calumet Saint Joseph (Ind.) in a non-conference game on Monday, January 6. The game is set to tip-off at 7:30 p.m., EST.