WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Saint Joseph's College (20-1, 12-0 GNAC) routed University of Saint Joseph (CT) (8-12, 3-9 GNAC), 88-29, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's basketball contest on Saturday afternoon.
The Monks have now won 19-consecutive contests.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
With a 54.3% (19-35) shooting performance – compared to the dismal 8.7% (2-23) effort posted by the Blue Jays - in the opening 20 minutes, the Monks held a 48-12 advantage heading into halftime. Although the starters combined to play just 24 minutes in the third and fourth quarters combined, Saint Joseph's extended the lead to 71-18 through three periods and posted a 17-11 lead in the fourth frame en route to the 59-point victory.
In total, 12 different SJC players scored points – with four of five starters netting double-digits – in what was the Monks' 10th victory by 25 or more points this winter.
The Monks shot 55.7% (34-61) overall while the Blue Jays posted a 16.7% (8-48) shooting performance in a blowout loss.
LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH'S:
- Junior guard Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) tallied 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and three steals in 21 minutes
- Junior forward Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) was 6-8 from the floor with 13 points, three boards, and two assists in just 15 minutes
- Junior guard Hannah Marks (Waldoboro, Maine) chipped in with 12 points with four caroms and three dimes in 19 minutes
- Junior guard Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine) contributed 10 points, five rebounds, and three steals in 20 minutes
- Freshman guard Jordan Jabar (Waterville, Maine) netted nine points with three boards and a pair of assists in 11 minutes off the bench
- Julia Quinn (Fryeburg, Maine) and Madigan Cogger (York, Maine) came off the bench to score five points apiece
LEADERS – UNIVERSITY OF SAINT JOSEPH:
- Melicia Mendez paced the Blue Jays with seven points
- Diamond Wallen pulled down seven rebounds
- Anna Chevarella tallied six points, two assists, and a pair of steals
With the victory, Saint Joseph's is now 9-2 in the history of the series with University of Saint Joseph.
Saint Joseph's will host GNAC-rival Suffolk University Tuesday 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.