MILTON, Mass. - #17/22 Saint Joseph's College (2-0) defeated Framingham State University (1-1), 72-59, in the Curry College Tip-Off Tournament Championship game on Saturday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Monks opened the game on a 9-2 run and proceeded to lead by at least four points for the remainder of the contest. With eight unanswered points at the start of the third quarter – including six from senior Hannah Marks (Waldoboro, Maine) – Saint Joseph's held a game-high 18-point lead (41-23) and maintained a double-digit cushion for the majority of the final two frames.
STATS OF THE GAME:
The Monks shot 89.5% (17-19) from the free throw line and committed only seven turnovers in the victory.
LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH'S:
- Senior guard Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) was 8-8 from the charity stripe and tallied 22 points, five assists, four rebounds, and three steals
- Senior guard Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine) added 17 points and five rebounds
- Marks contributed 13 points
- Senior forward Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds
LEADERS – FRAMINGHAM STATE:
- Mary Kate O'Day scored 18 points with six rebounds and three assists
- Emily Velozo netted 18 with five caroms
- Tiphani Harris pulled down a game-high 10 boards and scored seven points
McNamara, who averaged 23.5 points in two games at Curry, and Benway, who contributed 12.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in the two tourney tilts, garnered All-Tournament Team honors for their efforts.
Saint Joseph's is now 3-3 all-time versus Framingham State University and, including a 69-57 win in their last meeting (12/14/13), have defeated the Rams in consecutive meetings for the first time in the history of the matchup.
Saint Joseph's will host Thomas College in the team's 2018-19 home-opener on Tuesday at 5:30 PM.
IMAGE COURTESY OF CURRY COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION