LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. — Sophomore Ida Krogh nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2.7 seconds left Wednesday night to give Siena College a come-from-behind 53-50 women’s basketball win over the University of Maine.
Siena, which overcame a 14-point second-half deficit, improved to 3-5 while Maine fell to 1-7.
Maine gained possession of the ball with 35 seconds remaining but an errant pass by Danielle Walczak with 9.9 seconds left gave the ball back to Siena.
“We wanted to work the (30-second shot) clock down and then get off a shot. But we failed to even get off a shot,” said Maine coach Richard Barron, who added his team was plagued by poor execution in the second half.
Siena coach Ali Jacques called a timeout and Krogh dribbled up to the top of the key, made a ball fake that spread Maine’s two defenders in their 2-3 zone and then canned her uncontested 3-pointer.
“The play we called wasn’t going to work against their zone,” Krogh said to Time Warner Cable Sports Channel sideline reporter Chris Onorato after the game. “I was open so I took the shot. (Jacques) had told me to shoot if I was open.”
“We surprised them (with the zone) but then we didn’t contest the shot,” said Barron.
Chantel Charles’ 3-pointer with 17:16 left staked Maine to a 39-25 lead but Siena outscored Maine 28-11 the rest of the way to post the win.
Freshman guard Sophie Weckstrom had a chance to give Maine the lead with 51.2 seconds left but she missed the front end of a one-on-one. Maine gathered in the offensive rebound but Walczak missed a jumper and Siena rebounded it.
Siena turned the ball over with 35 seconds left.
Charles tried a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer from the left corner but it missed.
Kanika Cummings’ 3-pointer with 3:55 left gave the Saints their first lead since the opening minutes of the game at 48-45.
But Courtney Anderson of Greene answered with a three of her own 43 seconds later.
Krogh’s two free throws restored the lead for Siena with 1:37 left but Walczak scored from the paint 22 after that to tie it up again.
Krogh, who played just 40 minutes last season due to injury, finished with a career-high 13 points, three rebounds and two assists. Lily Grenci contributed 13 points, seven rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocked shots.
Kate Zarotney chipped in with six points, eight rebounds and two steals and Tehresa Coles had nine points and four rebounds.
Freshman Liz Wood paced the Black Bears with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals despite being in foul trouble in the second half.
Anderson had had eight points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals and Walczak had eight points and two steals.
Ashleigh Roberts (5 rebounds), Anna Heise and Chantel Charles had six points apiece. “We played not to lose in the second half,” said Barron. “They took care of the ball better than we did. We turned the ball over (nine times in the second half) and we missed easy shots.”
Siena outrebounded Maine 38-31 including a 13-6 edge in offensive rebounds.
Siena had 21 turnovers, one more than Maine.
The Saints went 14-for-16 from the free throw line while Maine went to the line four times and made just one.
Maine shot 41.2 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from 3-point land compared to Siena’s 31.5 and 21.7 percent shooting, respectively.
However, the Saints hit three of their last five 3-pointers.