The Lady Pioneers had their 24 game home winning streak snapped as they fell to Salem International, 80 – 73 in WVIAC WBB action from Lilly Gymnasium. Nikole Ramos led four SIU players in double digits as she scored 22 points, include seven treys. Jeannie Saunders recorded for 20 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists for the Lady Tigers as they hit 16 of 31 three point attempts.
Lady Pioneers Fall to Salem International, 80-73
Glenville State (9-10, 7-5) was paced by Mallory Menendez’s game high 25 points as she connected on seven three pointers. Karina Kendrick recorded her 12th double-double as she recorded 17 points and 17 rebounds. Donita Adams chipped in 17 points and seven rebounds.
The Pioneers for the third time this week would again come out on fire. Menendez would hit a layup and two triples to fuel GSC as they jumped out to a 12-8 lead, three minutes in.
SIU (5-13, 4-7) would answer as Tapre Young and LaKeisha Bowsman would connect on back to back attempts from downtown, pulling the Lady Tigers ahead, 14-12. Quickly Glenville State would answer as they ran off a 9-0 run over the next two minutes, capped off by a Kendrick lay up to make it 21-14 with 12 minutes to go in the half.
The Lady Tigers would again have an answer as they would run off an 18-6 run over the next 9:30 to put them ahead 32-27 with 2:46 remaining. The two teams would trade 3pt field goals and after a Ramos free throw, Adams would hit a slashing layup to make it 36 -34 SIU at the break.
The back and forth first half saw two ties and seven lead changes as well as the Tigers clinging to a two point lead despite turning the ball over 11 times.
The Pioneers would come out of the break and outscore the Tigers 10-7 to open the half and pull ahead 43-42 with 16 minutes to go in the game.
SIU would then attempt to end the game as they went on a killer 24-10 run over the next nine minutes to find themselves’ leading 66-53 with 6:46 to go. The Tigers would connect from beyond the arc on five straight possessions and Saunders would lead the way going 4 for 4 from downtown on the run.
Glenville State would not go quietly as they would put together an 12-2 spurt capped off by back to back triples from Christine DiSabato and Menendez to pull the Pioneers within three, 68-65 with 2:47 to go.
The Tigers would answer as Ramos would hit a three on the next possession, and Bowsman would follow up a Kendrick miss with a triple to push the lead back to nine and put it out of reach.
The Pioneers held a plus 13 rebounding advantage and plus six turnover advantage in the loss.
The back and forth contest saw the contest tied six times and saw nine lead changes.
The loss was just the third at Lilly Gymnasium in the last 91 home contests.
The Lady Pioneers will look to rebound as they travel to Pitt-Johnstown Monday. Tip Off is at 5:30pm.