JERSEY CITY, NJ - Three players scored in double figures for the Peacocks in an overtime loss against Siena, 62-59. Freshman point guard, D'Aviyon Magazine, led the Peacocks with 13 points and Brianna Tarabocchia posted 12 points and seven rebounds.
"I thought both teams really put it out on the floor tonight. I thought defensively we did good job on a team that averages 64 points and we got them to 62," said assistant coach Phyllis Mangina. "There were a couple of times that we turned the ball over early fourth quarter that I though hurt us, but we started to show really good grit and composure and we've seen that the last four or five games that we played."
Zoe Pero neared a double-double with 11 points the team's high of nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals. Alyssa Velles followed Pero with seven points, Sajanna Bethea posted six points and eight rebounds and a career high of five steals. Sammy Lochner added five points and the team's high of four assists.
The Peacocks set the tone early as they led the Saints, 7-2 with a three pointer and jumper from Tarabocchia and a layup from Dajiah Martin. Siena added two free throws, but Velles knocked down a three while Magazine made a jump shot which nudged the Peacocks lead to 12-4. The Saints posted five points and for the Peacocks, Lochner finished a layup assisted by Tarabocchia, leading 14-9. Siena then overcame the deficit to even the game at 14.
Martin opened the second quarter with a rip through to the basket followed by a corner shot by Samantha Meier, adding to the Peacocks lead, 18-14. Shortly after, Pero hit back-to-back shots counting a post-up layup and step back jumper for the Peacocks, 22-14. The Peacocks were on a roll as Velles hit a three on the right wing and Pero followed up with a free throw, extending the lead to 26-14. The Saints ended their drought and gained five points to trail 26-20. The Peacocks added two more points and the Saints added one point ending the quarter behind, 28-21.
After the break, the Saints cut the deficit and tied the Peacocks at 28. Magazine ended the scoring drought for the Peacocks knocking down a three off an out of bounds play, giving Saint Peter's a 31-28 lead. Siena added one point and the Peacocks gained four points, a layup from Lochner and a jumper from Bethea, 35-29. A foul on Lochner led to Siena's four point play after a made three, 35-33. Magazine came back on board after making a short jumper and Bethea followed with layup for the Peacocks, who led 39-35. Siena scored five points to take the lead 40-39, but Velles drew a foul in the paint and made a free throw to even the score at 40. Eventually Tarabocchia completed a three-point play and an up and under by Pero fueled the Peacocks lead over the Saints to end the quarter, 45-40.
Magazine opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back threes for the Peacocks, who led 51-42. Siena then broke out into a full-court press on the Peacocks and used an 11-2 run to tie the game at 53. Time ran out for the teams and the game went into overtime.
Siena scored the first four points in overtime. Then the Peacocks responded making four free throws to tie the game at 57 all. Tarabocchia, who was on fire dropped two more points for the Peacocks to take the lead of 59-57. Siena scored the final five points in the game, winning 62-59.
Up next, the Peacocks will travel to Western New York and face Niagara on Saturday, February 3 at 3 p.m. The Peacocks will then play Buffalo foe, Canisius, on Monday, February 5 at 7 p.m.