College of St. Joseph's women's basketball team will face Villa Maria College on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 4 p.m. The game will be hosted by Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vt.
Villa Maria is 11-3 overall. Their first loss was to SUNY Delhi, a common opponent of CSJ (5-5). The Vikings fell 89-85 to Delhi on Nov. 10. Forward Shaquana Owens scored 23 points while also collecting nine rebounds and dishing off nine assists. The Fighting Saints took on Delhi for the first time on Dec. 5 and lost 86-83. On Jan. 10 CSJ played Delhi again, this time edging the Broncos 98-91. NaKeeya Goodman-Boddie notched 24 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in the win. Dymond Collins and Arielys Rodriguez also scored 24 points.
CSJ and Villa have faced a second common Northeastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference competitor in Fisher College. The Vikings played Fisher on Nov. 11 and pulled off a 71-68 win, wherein Owens scored 26 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. On Nov. 29, the Lady Saints traveled to Fisher and fell 76-62. Aliesha Thomas scored 17 points and Goodman-Boddie recorded 16.
Owens is a force for the Vikings, averaging 24.6 points and 12.6 rebounds per game. She also leads the team in assists, with 7.4 per game. Bianca Brown is currently scoring 19.2 points per game. She leads the team in all shooting categories: 42 percent from the field, 36 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and 74 percent from the foul line. Brown also contributes seven rebounds a game. Nina Cray nearly averages a double-double, with 10.5 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
Daija Black leads the Fighting Saints with 13.9 points per game. She also averages 4.7 rebounds, three assists and 2.9 steals a game. Thomas is second on the team in scoring, averaging 12 points per game, and leads in 3-point shooting percentage (32.2). She also contributes 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. Collins is currently scoring 11 PPG, good for third-best on the squad. Goodman-Boddie leads the Lady Saints in assists per game (4.6) while averaging 8.5 PPG.