The Lady Saints earned their first win in both the Northeastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and of 2018 on Wednesday afternoon, defeating SUNY Delhi 98-91. NaKeeya Goodman-Boddie recorded her first double-double of the season for College of St. Joseph, scoring 24 points and dishing off 10 assists.
The Lady Saints were outstanding from 3-point range, shooting 45.2 percent with 14 made triples to Delhi's 38.5 percent with five made 3-pointers. Rodriguez accounted for five of CSJ's triples, Goodman-Boddie scored four and Thomas netted three.
CSJ won the tipoff but Delhi got on the scoreboard first when Camryn McDonald scored a layup, drawing a foul simultaneously. McDonald sunk the ensuing foul shot to put the Broncos up 3-0. Kiera Holland then followed suit with a fast break of her own to put Delhi ahead 5-0.
Goodman-Boddie shot and scored her first 3-pointer on CSJ's next possession, and Daija Black stole the Broncos' inbounds pass and converted a layup to tie the game at 5.
After a CSJ rebound in their defensive end, Thomas swished a 3-pointer to give the Lady Saints a 8-5 lead. Two Delhi layups by McDonald and Katie Herba quickly put the Broncos back ahead, 9-8.
With 3:50 left to play in the first quarter, Collins gave CSJ their second lead of the game, 12-11, off a Goodman-Boddie assist. McDonald notched a quick layup in response, but the Lady Saints netted back-to-back 3-pointers through Collins and Rodriguez to extend their lead to 18-13.
With 1:25 left to play in the first quarter, Delhi's Diana Echols converted a strong post move and McDonald completed a three point play after being fouled on a layup to knot the game at 18.
Delhi collected a missed shot in their defensive end and pushed the ball for a layup on the other end of the court. Rodriguez had her feet set in the paint, drawing a charge with 35 seconds left to prevent the Broncos from taking the lead.
Collins drove to the basket with seconds left in the quarter and drew a foul. She went 1-for-2 from the line to give CSJ a one-point lead, 19-18. Off of the missed second free throw, Goodman-Boddie tied up the ball with a Delhi defender and gave CSJ possession off of the jump ball. The inbounds play set Goodman-Boddie up for a 3-point shot, which she made to give CSJ a 22-18 advantage going into the second quarter.
The second quarter brought with it much of the back-and-forth play that was seen in the first. Herba brought Delhi within two points of CSJ after a made layup, but Rodriguez and Collins scored consecutive layups for the Saints to make the score 26-20.
The two teams exchanged layups over the next minute-and-a-half until Collins made a 3-pointer to extend CSJ's lead to seven, 31-24. Delhi's McDonald and CSJ's Goodman-Boddie then exchanged layups.
With 5:45 to play in the half, Rodriguez sank a 3-pointer off an inbounds play. After a layup by the Broncos' Salley on the following possession, Rodriguez scored a second 3-pointer for a nine-point CSJ lead, 39-30. After a minute of scoreless play Delhi went on to score two layups, by Salley and McDonald, making the game 39-34.
Collins drew a foul underneath Delhi's basket and earned a trip to the foul line, going 1-for-2, with 2:44 remaining in the half. Herba scored for Delhi in response, making the game 40-36. CSJ pushed the ball back down the court and Collins dished a pass off to Black for a layup with under two minutes to play. Again, Delhi answered with a made jump shot.
With the score at 42-38, CSJ caused a Delhi turnover. Goodman-Boddie passed the ball off to Rodriguez, who scored her third 3-pointer of the day with 25 seconds left in the half. Delhi used the final seconds to work the ball around their offensive end, with the ball eventually landing in the hands of Holland who scored a 3-pointer to send Delhi to the locker room trailing by just four points, 45-41.
Both CSJ and Delhi scored 23 points in the third quarter, mimicking the outcome of the second. Midway through the third, though, Salley converted two free throws to tie the game at 55. Goodman-Boddie responded on the other end of the court with a 3-pointer for CSJ, regaining the lead at 58-55. The Fighting Saints point guard scored eight total points in the quarter off of 3-for-4 shooting from the field, including two 3-pointers.
Crisalida Chaplin also shot 3-for-4 in the quarter for six points of her own. Thomas sank two threes, including one with a minute left when CSJ only led by one point, for six points in the quarter.
The Broncos trailed 68-64 at the start of the fourth, but within one minute tied the game up at 68. Goodman-Boddie recorded a layup in response, and Collins made a layup while being fouled to earn a trip to the foul line. Her made free throw gave CSJ a five-point lead.
Salley and Herba scored next for Delhi to tie the game at 73. After a missed CSJ free throw, Salley scored a fast break layup to give the Broncos a 75-73 lead. Rodriguez quickly broke Delhi's press and drove straight to the basket to tie the game off a layup. She was fouled in the process and earned a trip to the free throw line, giving CSJ a 76-75 lead with 6:50 remaining.
Delhi missed a layup on the other end of the court, which Collins rebounded and brought over half court to feed Rodriguez for a layup. Black stole the ball on Delhi's next possession and fed Collins for a layup to extend CSJ's lead to 80-75 with 5:55 left in the game.
Over the next two minutes the Fighting Saints saw baskets from Rodriguez, Collins, Black and Goodman-Boddie for CSJ's biggest lead of the game, 89-79. Salley went 2-for-2 from the foul line with 3:20 on the clock. Goodman-Boddie then scored a 3-pointer, but Delhi's Holland pushed the ball up the court for a layup in response.
With 2:34 left, Goodman-Boddie tossed an assist to Black for a 91-83 edge on the Broncos. Delhi would not come within six points of CSJ for the remainder of the game. The Fighting Saints earned their highest-scoring win of the season, 98-91.