STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (15-1, 8-0 GNAC) cruised past Anna Maria College (1-14, 0-6 GNAC), 81-40, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, the Monks extend their win streak to 14 games, the third-longest victory string in program history.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Leading 17-15 with 3:14 remaining in the first quarter, Saint Joseph's rattled off 19 unanswered points over the following nine minutes of play. The one-sided scoring effort was part of a 34-6 run spanning 15 minutes, as junior forward Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) knocked in a layup to lift the hosts to a 51-21 lead with 8:01 remaining in the third frame.
The Monks held the AMCATS to 10 total points in the second (6) and fourth (4) quarters combined.
STATS OF THE GAME:
Saint Joseph's shot 48.1% (26-54) from the floor and 47.8% (11-23) from three-point range compared to the AMCATS' percentages of 31.9% (15-47) and 20% (3-15) from the field and downtown, respectively.
LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH'S:
- Junior guard Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine) led all players with 18 points and was perfect from the field (7-7), three-point distance (3-3) and the FT line (1-1)
- Benway notched her second double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds, including five on the offensive end
- Junior guard Hannah Marks (Waldoboro, Maine) scored 12 points with four assists and four rebounds
- Junior guard Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) added 11 points, four boards, seven assists, and a pair of steals
LEADERS – ANNA MARIA:
- Graduate guard Johanna Burke (Oxford, Mass.) scored nine points with four rebounds and four assists
- Sophomore forward Hailey Moore (Worcester, Mass.) netted eight points with four boards
- Freshman guard Franchesca Hammond (Worcester, Mass.) chipped in with six assists, four caroms, three steals, and two points
With the win, Saint Joseph's improves to 9-0 in the history of the series with Anna Maria College. The Monks' winning margin (41) in today's contest is the largest posted by St. Joe's in nine meetings with the AMCATS.
Saint Joseph's will host University of New England Monday at 6:00 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.