NASHUA, N.H. – Saint Joseph's College (13-1, 6-0 GNAC) defeated Rivier University (0-9, 0-5 GNAC), 91-50, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's basketball contest on Saturday afternoon.
Junior guard Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine) led four SJC players in double digits with 19 points and junior guard Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) notched a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists to help the Monks claim their 12th-consecutive victory, the fourth-longest win streak in program history.
THE REST OF THE STORY:
Saint Joseph's outscored Rivier by a 28-11 margin in the first quarter and doubled up the Raiders, 48-24, in the third and fourth quarters combined en route to posting the team's eighth win by 25 or more points this winter.
STATS OF THE GAME:
The Monks shot 86.7% (26-30) from the free-throw line and held a whopping 28-2 advantage in points off turnovers in the lopsided victory.
LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH'S:
- Champagne was 10-10 from the FT line with four rebounds and three steals
- McNamara – who registered her second career double-double in the win – added five steals
- Junior guard Hannah Marks (Waldoboro, Maine) netted 15 points with four boards in 19 minutes
- Junior forward Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) chipped in with 13 points, eight rebounds, and four steals in 16 minutes
- Senior forward Brianne Maloney (South Portland, Maine) added seven points and four rebounds
LEADERS – RIVIER:
- Junior guard Lizzy Meehan (Nashua, N.H.) came off the bench to score 16 points with five rebounds
- Junior guard Kaylee Kacavas (Dracut, Mass.) registered 14 points, six rebounds, and two assists
- Junior forward Megan Hamel (Colebrook, N.H.) contributed nine points and seven boards
With the triumph, St. Joe's improves to 14-5 in the history of the series with Rivier University.
Saint Joseph's will host Mount Ida College on Tuesday at 5:30 PM.
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.