#17/22 Saint Joseph’s Topples Eastern Nazarene in Season Openers, 72-47

#17/22 Saint Joseph’s Topples Eastern Nazarene in Season Openers, 72-47

MILTON, Mass. – #17/22 Saint Joseph's College (1-0) started the 2018-19 season with a 72-47 victory over Eastern Nazarene University (0-1) in the Curry College Tip-Off Tournament on Friday evening.

With the win, Saint Joseph's have advanced to the invitational championship and will play Framingham State University, which defeated Curry by a 71-63 margin in the tourney opener earlier tonight, in the title game tomorrow at 3:00 PM.


Leading 10-9 midway through the first quarter, the Monks rattled off a 12-1 run and maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest.


St. Joe's, ranked 17th and 22nd in the most recent D3hoops.com and Women's Basketball Coaches Association national polls, respectively, netted 23 points off 22 Eastern Nazarene turnovers on the evening.


  • McNamara scored 25 points with four rebounds, two assists, and a pair of steals
  • Senior forward Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) nearly notched a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds while making six of seven shots from the field
  • Senior guard Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine) added seven points and five rebounds
  • Freshman Sophie Giardina (Bradenton, Fla.) scored five points in five minutes in her collegiate debut


  • Tia Torio scored 15 points with six rebounds
  • Shante Slender added six points and four rebounds


With the victory, Saint Joseph's is now 7-1 in the history of the series with Eastern Nazarene University. The last meeting between these two teams took place on February 1st, 1992.


The Monks will face Framingham State in the Curry College Tip-Off Tournament Championship tomorrow at 3:00 PM.




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Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. We are inclusive of all faiths, including no faith. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 other countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives. Learn more at www.sjcme.edu.