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At the line
St. Peter's wins tournament on Siena's missed free throws
Posted: Sunday February 28, 1999 11:47 PM
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Two Siena free throws in the final seconds missed as St. Peter's won its seventh Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's tournament since 1982 with a 64-62 victory on Sunday.
Siena's Erin Boland, fouled while attempting to shoot a 3-pointer, went to the line with 3.1 seconds to play. Boland sank the first free throw, but her second bounced off the back of the rim.
Boland tried to bank her third foul shot off the backboard to teammate Cori Drummond, but time ran out as players scrambled for the loose ball.
The victory earned second-seeded St. Peter's an automatic NCAA tournament bid and avenged a pair of lopsided losses this season to top-seeded Siena.
St. Peter's focused on Siena's Melanie Halker, the MAAC player of the year, who had totaled 53 points in the two regular-season games between the teams. The Peahens held Halker to seven points this time.
The worst foul shooting team in the conference, St. Peter's sank 19-of-25 from the line.
Lawanda Greene scored 16 points, Leah Cromer 15 and Patty Marchese 13 for scrappy St. Peter's (25-5). "We play ugly," Marchese said. "But the coach says ugly men can get married, and ugly teams can win tournaments."
Boland led Siena with 19, Bronwyn Tobin added 12 and Sacha Baker 10 for the Saints (21-8).
It was the first appearance in the MAAC final for ninth-year Siena coach Gina Castelli, whose teams have been seeded third or higher each of the last five years.
Siena was first with a 16-2 conference record this season and had scored 85 points in each of two wins over second-place St. Peter's, 15-3 in the conference.
Siena maintained a lead over St. Peter's in the first half and went into the second half ahead by nine points (36-27).
St. Peter's caught Siena with a 7-0 run capped by a bucket underneath by Cromer from Nicole Dames that gave the Peahens their first lead of the game at 51-50 with 9:05 to play.
The lead changed hands eight times after that. Cromer scored for a 62-61 lead and a basket by Greene made it 64-61.
A 3-point attempt by Drummond rattled in and out with 36 seconds left, Halker missed two free throws and Sinead McLoughlin and Sacha Baker both missed from 3-point territory. Marchese then sent Boland to the line.
"It's hard," Boland said. "I don't think I've ever felt this bad in my entire life."
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