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WATERVILLE, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (5-1) cruised past Colby College (2-2), 79-50, in non-conference women's basketball action on Wednesday night.
Junior guard Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) netted 18 points to lead four SJC players in double digits and Saint Joseph's committed just five turnovers – including only one in the first half – as the Monks defeated the Mules by the largest margin in over 30 years.
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Saint Joseph's held a comfortable 46-28 cushion heading into intermission and posted a 34-14 points in the paint advantage in the lopsided victory. The Monks' largest lead, 29 points, was achieved with 1:14 left in the contest when freshman Madigan Cogger (York, Maine) made a layup to account for the 79-50 final.
LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH'S:
- McNamara added four assists and was 5-5 from the FT line in the victory
- Junior forward Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) tallied 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds
- Junior guard Hannah Marks (Waldoboro, Maine) added 14 points, three boards, and a pair of assists
- Junior guard Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine) chipped in with 14 points with three caroms and two steals and was 6-7 from the charity stripe
- Sophomore guard Julia Quinn (Fyreburg, Maine) came off the bench to score seven points
LEADERS – COLBY:
- Ainsley Burns scored 16 points
- Katie McCrum tallied 12 points, four rebounds, and three assists
- Haley Driscoll netted 11 points with four boards and two assists
Saint Joseph's held the advantage in rebounds (41-27), points off turnovers (12-2), second-chance points (15-6), and bench points (16-8) on the evening.
With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 13-14 in the history of the series with Colby College and has now defeated the Mules in three-consecutive meetings for the first time since the 1991, 1992 and 1993 seasons. The Monks' largest margin of victory over Colby is 42 points (110-68, 2/4/87).
Saint Joseph's kicks off Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play Saturday with a 1:00 PM game at Emmanuel College in a rematch of the 2017 conference championship.
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.