Monks Fight Past Pride, Improve to 13-0

Monks Fight Past Pride, Improve to 13-0

WESTON, Mass. - #10/14 Saint Joseph's College (13-0, 1-0 GNAC) opened Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play with a 77-65 victor at Regis College (4-9, 0-1 GNAC) on Tuesday evening.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Trailing 22-16 following a sluggish first quarter, the Monks faced an eight-point deficit (27-19) three minutes into the second frame before rattling off 14 unanswered points as part of a 23-5 run, which saw the visitors carry a 42-32 advantage into intermission.

Saint Joseph's, ranked 10th and 14th in this week's D3hoops.com and Women's Basketball Coaches Association national polls, respectively, went on to lead by a game-high 14 points (50-36) after senior forward Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) made a layup at the 4:31 mark of the third quarter. But the Pride refused to go down easily, as the hosts managed to cut the SJC cushion down to 62-57 after freshman Arie Searcy (Santa Rosa, Calif.) hit a shot with 7:24 remaining.

The Monks maintained a single-digit edge until a Benway free throw made it a 71-61 game with 50 seconds on the clock and senior guards Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) and Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine) combined to go 6-6 from the charity stripe in the closing 40 seconds to clinch the victory.

With the triumph, Saint Joseph's improves to 13-0 for just the second time in program history. The 1998-99 team also opened the season with 13 straight victories.

STATS OF THE GAME:

St. Joe's scored 20 points off 17 Regis turnovers while the Pride netted 11 points off eight SJC turnovers…The Monks posted a 21-12 advantage in bench points.

LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH'S:

  • Champagne netted 18 points and was 6-6 from the FT line with six rebounds and three assists
  • McNamara notched a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists and added four boards and three steals
  • Freshman Grace Philippon (Glenburn, Maine) scored a career-high 13 points and was 5-7 from the field, including a 3-4 effort from downtown
  • Sophomore Jordan Jabar (Waterville, Maine) added 10 points and a pair of rebounds
  • Benway pulled down 13 rebounds and scored seven points

LEADERS – REGIS:

  • Katryna Veasey (Quincy, Mass.) scored a game-high 23 points with seven rebounds
  • Nikki Bitinaltis (Cromwell, Conn.) added 14 points, six assists, and three boards
  • Searcy grabbed 13 caroms with two blocks and four points

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING:

With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 3-1 all-time versus Regis College and has now defeated the Pride in three-consecutive meetings.

NEXT!

Saint Joseph's will host Albertus Magnus College on Thursday in a GNAC matchup slated to start at 5:30 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.