College of St. Joseph's women's basketball team will face Vermont Technical College for the second time this season on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Randolph.
The Lady Saints prevailed in the first matchup between the two squads on Jan. 24, 77-64. The score was 37-30 at halftime. Daija Black scored 10 of CSJ's 24 points in the third quarter to gain momentum for the win.
Black strung together a loaded stat line by the time the final whistle blew: 20 points, nine steals, seven assists and five rebounds. Aliesha Thomas recorded her first double-double for the white and blue to the tune of 13 points and 12 rebounds, while also notching five assists and five steals.
Mariah Rilling paced the Knights with 24 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists. She shot 4-5 from the 3-point line and 9-17 from the field. Madalyn Leggett tallied 14 rebounds, eight points, seven blocks and four assists. Austen LaFrance recorded seven assists, six rebounds, five steals and five points.
After a nine-game streak in which she scored double digit points, Thomas gained the position of top-scorer for the Fighting Saints. She is averaging 12.8 points per game. Black is second in scoring with 11.1 PPG, and Dymond Collins averages 10.2 PPG. Thomas is second in rebounds per game with 5.8. Alexius Brooks leads the team in the category (6.4 RPG) and Collins is third with 5.2 RPG. NaKeeya Goodman-Boddie is first overwhelmingly in assists per game with 4.6.
VTC is 7-19 overall and CSJ is 9-10.