Fighting Saints fall short at Terrier Tip-Off Tournament

Fighting Saints fall short at Terrier Tip-Off Tournament

College of St. Joseph's women's basketball team fell to 1-5 on the year after two losses to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competitors over the weekend. CSJ dropped a contest 78-56 to Johnson & Wales (RI) on Saturday, Nov. 17. On Sunday, Nov. 18, the Fighting Saints led for three quarters, but ultimately fell 65-59 to Thomas College.

After a five-hour Saturday morning bus trip to Waterville, Maine, CSJ struggled to warm up and match Johnson & Wales' hot shooting in the first quarter. The Wildcats shot 52.9 percent from the floor while CSJ shot 21.4 percent and the quarter ended with the score at 24-9. Rachel Bruneel hit a three on her only shot in the first frame. Madison Akins and Jayla Latham accounted for CSJ's other two field goals.

The Fighting Saints improved on both ends of the court in the second quarter, limiting the Wildcats to 16 points and scoring 10 of their own. Johnson & Wales guard Britney Gallagher led all scorers with 15 points after two quarters, allowing her team a 40-19 advantage at halftime.

CSJ increased their scoring with each passing quarter, putting up 18 points in the third and 19 in the fourth. Johnson & Wales shot 6-for-7 from the 3-point line alone in the third quarter and were able to maintain a steady lead for the remainder of the contest. NaKeeya Goodman-Boddie netted eight points and had three steals to give the Saints a push in the final quarter, but CSJ fell 78-56.

Goodman-Boddie led CSJ with 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Daija Black had 11 points, four rebounds and Sabrena Eye rounded out the double digit scorers with 10 points and four rebounds. Madison Akins recorded seven points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists.

In game two of the weekend on Sunday, Nov. 18, CSJ jumped out to a 12-0 lead early thanks to tough team defense and baskets by Akins and Bruneel. Thomas would score the next seven points before Black hit a jump shot after a pass by Goodman-Boddie, making the game 14-7 with three minutes to play in the quarter. Layups by the Terriers' Malorie Weaver and Molly Carroll brought the score to 14-11.

Missed shots and turnovers led to a scoreless minute-and-a-half before Carroll made a jumper off a pass by Nikki Bradstreet. At the other end of the floor, Eye collected an offensive rebound and was fouled on the put-back to earn a trip to the free throw line. She converted 1-for-2 and accounted for CSJ's last point of the quarter. Weaver netted a jump shot on the Terriers' next possession to tie the game at 15.

CSJ outscored Thomas 11-2 over the first five minutes of the second frame. The Terriers chipped away to trail by just five points, 26-21, but free throws by Goodman-Boddie and a 3-pointer by Denyke Nicholas extended the CSJ lead to 31-21. Nicholas would make another jumper and Latham converted a foul shot in the remaining minute of the half to make the game 34-23, but a final layup by Carroll brought the Terriers within 10 points of CSJ, 34-25, before halftime.

The two teams traded baskets in the third quarter, with Thomas refusing to go away despite a seven point, four rebound quarter by Goodman-Boddie. Thomas' Kaylee Ravagli responded for the Terriers with 8 points of her own. Thomas ended the quarter on a 4-0 run to trail 46-42 going into the fourth frame.

The Terriers carried their momentum into the fourth quarter, scoring six points to CSJ's one to take the lead after two minutes. A layup by Eye brought the score even at 49 with 6:49 on the clock. Carroll netted a free throw for Thomas but Eye netted a jump shot to give CSJ a 51-50 advantage. Thomas then went on a five-point run to pull ahead 55-51.

Goodman-Boddie was fouled on a made layup and swished her free throw for a timely three-point play, bringing the Saints within one (54-55) with four minutes to go. Thomas outscored CSJ 5-2 over the next two minutes. With 2:19 to play, Bruneel hit a 3-pointer to put CSJ back within one point, 59-60.

Missed shots and layups plagued the Saints in the final minutes of play, forcing CSJ to have to foul and stop the clock. The Terriers went 3-for-4 from the charity stripe and Addie Brinkman had a layup to put Thomas up 65-59 before the final whistle blew.

Eye and Latham were all over the boards for CSJ, pulling down 14 and 11 rebounds, respectively. Eye also had nine points. Goodman-Boddie finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three assists. Black had 11 points, six assists, three steals and three rebounds. Bruneel and Akins chipped in with eight points apiece. Thomas was led by Carroll, who scored a game-high 17.

The Fighting Saints play next at Fisher College on Wednesday, Nov. 28 in a 5pm contest.