#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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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.