College of St. Joseph's women's basketball team went 1-1 over the weekend, earning a 66-59 win over UMaine-Presque Isle on Saturday, Feb. 10.
CSJ jumped out to a 21-9 lead over the Owls after the first quarter. Daija Black led the surge by shooting 3-4 from the field for six of her 11 total points. She also pulled down four rebounds and dished off two assists in the first quarter alone.
Aliesha Thomas had 10 points by halftime thanks in part to two made 3-pointers in the second quarter. Ajaylla Rotan shot 3-6 from the field and 2-2 from the foul line for eight points in the first half, allowing the Lady Saints to lead 35-22 going into the third quarter.
Preque Isle closed the gap after halftime, outscoring CSJ 20-12 in the third frame of play. Jessy Dickinson and Kendra Silvers each had six points in the quarter for the Owls. Rotan and Jayla Latham carried the Saints throughout the thifd quarter with four points apiece.
At the start of the fourth, the score stood 47-42. Two minutes later, Presque Isle came within two points of CSJ after Kaylee Wright went 2-2 from the foul line. Latham responded for the Lady Saints with a layup off a swift pass from Madison Akins, making the game 50-46. The Owls then scored two consecutive baskets to tie the game at 50. Latham again was the player to respond for CSJ, as she netted a free throw to regain the lead.
With five minutes remaining in the game, Akins earned another assist after Alexius Brooks converted a layup to extend the Saints' lead to 53-50. Thomas nabbed a steal on Presque-Isle's next possession and drove the opposite end of the floor for a layup that was just off the mark. Akins was there for the offensive rebound and fed Brooks to allow CSJ to go up by five.
The Owls then pulled down an offensive rebound of their own on the other end of the floor and earned a trip to the foul line. Dickinson swished both attempts to bring her team within three, 55-52. Brooks then drew a foul and was sent to the charity stripe with 3:17 remaining. She hit the first free throw, and when she missed the second, Dymond Collins grabbed the rebound and put the ball back up for a layup and the 58-52 lead. Presque-Isle was unable to come within six points of CSJ in the final minutes of the game. Collins finished with a game-high nine rebounds and six points.
Thomas paced CSJ offensively with 13 points. She also tallied seven rebounds, six steals and an assist. Rotan had 12 points, eight rebounds, one assists and one block. Black and Latham finished with 11 points apiece. Black also notched five rebounds and three assits and Latham pulled down eight rebounds. Akins finished with a game high seven assists.