Saint Joseph’s Bests Colby, Wins Eighth Straight

Saint Joseph’s Bests Colby, Wins Eighth Straight

STANDISH, Maine - #12/16 Saint Joseph's College (8-0) outlasted Colby College (4-3), 73-58, in a non-conference women's basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Thursday evening.


Saint Joseph's, ranked 12th and 16th in this week's and Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) national polls, respectively, battled through four tie scores and four lead changes before registering a 12-2 run, capped by a Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine) three pointer, to secure a 29-23 advantage with 3:46 minutes to play in the second quarter.

Colby maintained a two-possession deficit for much of the remainder of play until the Monks put the game away with an 11-3 surge in the closing five minutes of the fourth frame.


The Monks held a 38-24 lead in points in the paint and outshot the Mules at the free throw line by 15 percentage points (75%, 18-24 – 60%, 9-15)…The Mules were held off the board for the final three minutes and 48 seconds of the contest.


The Monks are off to an 8-0 start for the first time since the 1999-00 season and sixth time in team history.


  • Senior forward Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) netted a career-high 28 points with 10 rebounds and made 12 of 17 field goal attempts; her previous career-high was also posted versus Colby on December 10th, 2016 when she scored 26 in a 58-47 home victory
  • Senior guard Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) tallied 16 points and six assists
  • Champagne contributed 14 points with three assists, three steals, and a pair of rebounds
  • Senior guard Hannah Marks (Waldoboro, Maine) added six points and three boards
  • Junior guard Julia Quinn (Fryeburg, Maine) came off the bench to score five points and pull down four rebounds


  • Junior guard Ainsley Burns (Barrington, R.I.) scored 18 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a pair of blocked shots
  • Freshman guard Keagan Dunbar (Middlebury, Vt.) chipped in with 12 points, four boards, and four assists
  • Senior guard Jackie Albanese (Manhasset, N.Y.) came off the bench to score eight points over 23 minutes


Saint Joseph's is now 14-14 all-time versus Colby College and has now defeated the Mules in four-consecutive meetings.


Both teams are on the road on Saturday when Saint Joseph's plays at Husson University in a 3:00 PM start and Colby travels to Rivier University for a 1:00 PM tip-off.




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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