The Lady Saints trekked to Nashua, N.H. on Thursday evening and were defeated 74-61 by Rivier University. Aliesha Thomas posted 25 points in the loss.
CSJ trailed 35-28 at halftime. The squad matched Rivier's 20-point fourth quarter total, but were outscored 19-13 in the third quarter. The Saints played four competitive quarters against the Raiders but could not match up to Rivier's 42.1 percent 3-point shooting and 43.1 percent shooting from the floor.
The Lady Saints shot 21-for-65 (32.3 percent) collectively from the field, whereas Rivier netted 25-for-58. The Saints struggled long range, shooting 4-25 (16 percent) from three. The Raiders were 8-19 from three, with Kaylee Kacavas shooting 4-6 herself. Kacavas highlighted the game with 27 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three steals. The junior guard averages 21.5 points per game.
CSJ did have the edge in one shooting category, though, as they recorded an impressive 15-for-18 from the foul line as a team (83.3 percent), compared to the Raiders' 16-for-31 shooting from the charity stripe (51.6 percent). Daija Black shot 6-6 from the free throw line for CSJ and Dymond Collins converted 5-6. They both led the Lady Saints in rebounding with eight apiece. Collins also scored 10 points and Black notched eight points and two assists.
Thomas shot 50 percent from the floor (11-22) for CSJ, including three 3-pointers on her way to a career-high 25 points. She contributed four rebounds and three steals, as well. Alexius Brooks tallied seven rebounds, five points, two steals and an assist.
CSJ (9-11) gears up for two games in Maine over the weekend. The first is a matchup against UMaine-Presque Isle on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1:00 p.m. On Sunday, Feb. 11 they face UMaine-Fort Kent at 1:00 p.m.