SIENA COLLEGE DEFEATS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL, 78-65

DURHAM, N.H. - Gunta Basko scored a game-high 18 points and Siena College outscored the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team 53-25 in the second half to post a 78-65 win Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Basko scored 16 of her points in the final half to help the Saints rally from a 40-25 halftime deficit. Last year's Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year also finished with 11 rebounds and five assists as Siena improved to 2-3 overall. UNH, which received 16 points from Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) and 14 from Anna Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) fell to 2-4 on the year.

The Saints recovered from a 27 percent first half shooting performance by hitting 15 of 29 shots, including 6 of 15 from beyond the arc, in the second. UNH, which held as much as a 21-point lead early on, shot just 27 percent in the second after a blistering first half (63 percent). Sarah Craft (15 points), Erica Anderson (13 points) and Jolene Johnson (13 points) were all in double figures for the Saints. Senior guard Heidi Plencner (Hampton, N.H.) scored 12 points for the 'Cats while Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) chipped in with nine.

UNH hits the road for three straight contests, starting with Iona (12/5) before moving on to Providence (12/8) and UMass (12/13). The Wildcats don't return home until December 29 against Sacred Heart (3 p.m.) at Lundholm.

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