STANDISH, Maine - Saint Joseph's College (23-1, 15-0 GNAC) raced past Lasell College (4-19, 2-13 GNAC), 69-42, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Tuesday night.
With the victory, the Monks extend their program-record winning streak to 22 games and tie Emmanuel College for the longest win streak in GNAC women's basketball history. Emmanuel strung together 22-consecutive victories during the 2000-01 campaign, a season during which the Saints advanced all the way to the NCAA Tournament Final Four.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Off to a slow start, the Monks rallied from an early deficit to tie the game at 11 apiece at the end of the first frame. An efficient three-point shooting performance in the second stanza essentially sealed the victory for the hosts, as Saint Joseph's made seven of 10 attempts from beyond the arc - including four in the closing 90 seconds - while outscoring Lasell by a 24-9 margin en route to holding a 37-22 cushion going into intermission.
St. Joe's held a 52-36 lead after a back-and-forth third period, but put the game away by starting the fourth quarter with 11 unanswered points. The Monks proceeded to hold a game-high 28-point (67-39) advantage after junior guard Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine) made a layup with 1:50 remaining.
STATS OF THE GAME:
The Monks held considerable advantages in points off turnovers (21-5) and points in the paint (24-8) while shooting 46.2% (12-26) from three-point range. The Lasers countered with a 24.1% (7-29) clip from downtown in a losing effort.
LEADERS - SAINT JOSEPH'S:
Junior guard Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) tallied 19 points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals
Champagne posted her sixth career double-double with 14 points and 11 boards
Junior guard Hannah Marks (Waldoboro, Maine) scored 15 points with five caroms and four assists
Junior forward Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) netted 11 points with eight rebounds and four assists
LEADERS - LASELL:
Senior forward Brianna Hoffman (Milford, N.H.) scored 16 points with three rebounds, four assists, and three steals
Senior guard Morgan Church (New London, N.H.) notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while dishing out three assists
Sophomore forward Dana Ross (East Haven, Conn.) chipped in with seven points and a game-high 12 boards
With the victory, Saint Joseph's is now 16-1 in the history of the series with Lasell College and has defeated the Lasers in 15-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2005-06 season.
Saint Joseph's closes out the regular season docket with a home game versus GNAC-rival Norwich University at 1:00 PM on Saturday. Lasell plays at Rhode Island College Thursday at 7:00 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.