Monks Top Cadets, Break Conference Record

Monks Top Cadets, Break Conference Record

STANDISH, Maine - Saint Joseph's College (24-1, 16-0 GNAC) set a new Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's basketball winning streak record with an 80-48 victory over Norwich University (10-14, 7-9 GNAC) at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday afternoon.

With their 23rd-consecutive triumph, the Monks have also tied the longest winning streak in SJC Athletics history, matching the mark set by the 1998-99 men's basketball program. Today's victory broke the previous GNAC women's hoops winning streak record of 22 games set by Emmanuel College during the 2000-01 campaign.


For the third-consecutive season, Saint Joseph's has secured the #1 seed in the GNAC Tournament. The Monks will host #8 Mount Ida College (13-12, 6-10 GNAC) in a conference quarterfinal on Tuesday at 5:30 PM.

Norwich has claimed the #7 seed and will play at second-seeded Emmanuel College in other quarterfinal action Tuesday at 7:00 PM.


The Monks opened with 10 unanswered points in the first two minutes of play, but the Cadets cut their deficit to five points, 19-14 after senior guard Shyann Josler (Thetford Center, Vt.) hit a three-pointer with 2:45 left in the first quarter. Saint Joseph's responded with a game-changing 17-4 run spanning five minutes as a pair of Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) free throws extended the hosts' advantage to 36-18 with 8:13 remaining in the second stanza.

The Monks proceeded lead by at least 18 points for the duration and held a game-high 37-point cushion (78-41) after freshman guard Madigan Cogger (York, Maine) converted a fast-break layup with 4:40 left in the fourth frame.


The Monks scored 23 points off 21 Cadet turnovers and held a commanding 46-16 advantage in points in the paint on the afternoon. St. Joe's employed sound ball security, committing 12 turnovers, and Norwich managed to score only five points on the Monks' miscues.


  • Junior guard Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) netted 20 points - including 15 in the first quarter - with five rebounds and a pair of assists

  • Benway tallied 17 points with eight rebounds and was 6-8 from the field with a 5-5 free-throw shooting performance

  • Junior guard Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine) chipped in with 11 points, five boards, and seven assists

  • Sophomore guard Julia Quinn (Fryeburg, Maine) came off the bench to contribute six points and six assists


  • Junior forward Vanessa Fleury (Lebanon, N.H.) tallied 14 points and six rebounds

  • Josler scored 10 points with five caroms and a pair of assists


Prior to the start of the contest, Saint Joseph's held a brief ceremony to honor the program's three seniors: Emily DeLuca (Gorham, Maine), Brianne Maloney (South Portland, Maine), and Regan McFerran (Albany, N.Y.). The trio of four-year team members have helped the Monks post an 87-22 (.798) overall record, including an incredible 47-7 (.870) mark in GNAC play, with a pair of GNAC Championships during their time on the hardwood.


With the victory, Saint Joseph's is now 20-7 all-time versus Norwich University and has now defeated the Cadets in five-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2015-16 campaign.





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