College of St. Joseph's women's basketball team travels to Nashua, N.H. on Feb. 8 to take on Rivier University at 5:30 p.m.
Tonight's contest marks the second time this season the two squads have faced off. On Dec. 6, the Fighting Saints came out with a 90-58 victory in the only game they were able to play on their home court before water damage forced the school's basketball teams to relocate their home contests.
The game was closest in the opening minutes of play. Six minutes into the contest, the Lady Saints had a slim 13-10 advantage. After a timeout, CSJ went on a 12-5 run to create a more comfortable lead.
CSJ outscored the Raiders 25-15 in the first quarter of play and 22-12 in the second. Aliesha Thomas had 13 points and Dymond Collins racked up 12 after the first half alone. The second half mimicked the first in that the Lady Saints outscored Rivier in both quarters.
The third quarter belonged to Daija Black, who recorded 12 points, four steals, two assists and a rebound in the frame. Collins notched seven points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal in the third.
All 16 fourth-quarter points by the Saints were scored by their strong bench. Crisalida Chaplin scored five points, Kaelin Reopell registered a 3-pointer and SarahJo Campos went 3-for-4 from the foul line. Megan Hamel scored five of the Raiders' 11 points in the fourth quarter.
Collins led CSJ with 19 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists. Black finished with 18 points, six steals, four rebounds and four assists. Thomas notched 13 points, and Chaplin scored 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds. NaKeeya Goodman-Boddie racked up eight assists and score seven points.
For Rivier, Emilee Kacavas had 14 points, five rebounds and Keara Sheehan had 14 points, eight rebounds. Hamel finished with an astonishing 21 rebounds and recorded 11 points, three assists, three blocks and two steals.
With a win CSJ would climb to .500 on the season, as they currently sit at 9-10. The Raiders are 1-16.