Women's basketball travels for Thomas College Tournament

Women's basketball travels for Thomas College Tournament

College of St. Joseph's women's basketball team travels to Waterville, Maine this weekend to face National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition at the Terrier Tip-Off Tournament. CSJ is scheduled to play Johnson & Wales (RI) on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1 pm and Thomas College on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 1pm. Game days and times were changed due to weather and travel conditions.

The Thomas Terriers are 0-3 on the season, losing games to Castleton University (58-39), the University of Southern Maine (55-36), and Saint Joseph's College of Maine (87-59). Johnson & Wales opens their season during the Terrier Tip-Off against Bates College on Friday, Nov. 16. Each team listed is a member of the NCAA.

The Fighting Saints are are 1-3 on the season after a 1-1 weekend, which resulted in a 68-62 victory over NCAA competitor Northern Vermont University - Johnson on Nov. 10. On Sunday, Nov. 11, CSJ recorded a loss to United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) powerhouse Central Maine Community College (CMCC).

CSJ trailed 19-13 after the first quarter, but propelled themselves into the lead as they outscored the Badgers 16-6 in the second quarter. Daija Black went 3-for-5 from the field and 3-for-5 from the foul line for nine points in the first quarter alone. She tacked on one more field goal in the second frame. NaKeeya Goodman-Boddie shot 4-for-7 from the field and 1-for-2 from the charity stripe for a nine-point performance in the first half of play. Rachel Bruneel pulled down five rebounds in the first half and Crisalida Chaplin recorded three.

The Saints cushioned their 29-25 halftime lead with a 22-point third quarter. Goodman-Boddie shot 4-for-5 from the field with one free throw for nine points in the quarter, as well as two rebounds, two assists and a steal. CSJ center forward Sabrena Eye also chipped in with nine points in the third frame, and had three rebounds and one steal. CSJ led 51-37 going into the fourth quarter.

Black had the Saints' first two points of the quarter, which were answered by a 3-pointer by Johnson's Mariah Ramos. Black responded with six more points of her own off two jump shots and a layup. The Badgers went on a 10-point run before another layup by Black put the score at 61-50 with four minutes to play.

A Kaitlyn Brouard layup brought the Badgers within nine points of CSJ before Goodman-Boddie converted a layup to push the Saints' lead back to 11. Brouard struck again, this time with a 3-pointer, to make the game 63-55 with one minute to play. Eye netted a jumper to put CSJ's lead at 10 before Johnson's Ramos made good on two free throws with 19 seconds to play. Two seconds later Goodman-Boddie drew a foul and netted two free throws of her own.

Johnson's Anna Harris attempted to keep her team's hopes of a win alive, as her 3-pointer with six seconds to play dropped through the hoop to make the game 67-60 with six seconds on the clock. The two teams exchanged free throws, however, and the final whistle blew with the score at 68-62 in favor of the Fighting Saints.

Black and Goodman-Boddie each scored a game-high 23 points. Goodman-Boddie dished off three assists and tallied four rebounds and three steals. Black also recorded four rebounds, two steals and an assist. Eye finished with a balanced stat line of 11 points, six rebounds, one steal, one assist and one block. Bruneel and Madison Akins led CSJ with eight rebounds apiece.

CSJ fell to the CMCC Mustangs 93-54 on Sunday, Nov. 11. The Mustangs were runners-up in the 2017-18 USCAA National Championship earlier this year. CMCC used their high-tempo offense and full court press to build an unsurpassable 51-20 lead by halftime. With the win, they improved to 6-0 on the season and 3-0 in the Yankee Small College Conference.

Eye led CSJ with 14 points, six rebounds and a block. Akins netted 10 points and tallied five assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block. Black had eight points, four rebounds and Bruneel came off the bench to record seven points, four rebounds and one assist.