College of St. Joseph's women's basketball team traveled to the Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and won 83-58 on Monday, Jan. 14. The Fighting Saints improve to 6-10 on the season with the win. The Panthers drop to 1-11.
The Saints utilized a balanced attack to take the team victory; nine of the 10 players who saw time on the court for CSJ scored four points or more.
The Saints put up 20 or more points in each of the first three quarters, while never allowing the Panthers to record more than 18 in a quarter. CSJ performed exceptionally from the foul line, shooting 79 percent through an 11-of-14 collective team effort. The College of Pharmacy shot 4-of-16 or 25 percent from the free throw line.
In the first quarter, Rachel Bruneel and Madison Akins had five points and three rebounds apiece to help CSJ win the quarter 25-13. Daija Black tallied three assists, three rebounds and two steals. LaSaunte White tallied a 3-pointer and a jump shot for five points and both Sabrena Eye and Jayla Latham had four points to highlight CSJ. Albany's Ava Misner scored six for the Panthers in the opening frame of play and Shryia Chanda contributed five.
With a 48-25 lead after halftime, the Fighting Saints continued to convert on offensive and maintain their high-pressure defense to outscore Albany 23-12 in the second quarter. Eye shot 3-for-4 in the paint for six points and collected six rebounds. Black scored six points, as well and Denyke Nicholas went 2-for-2 from the field and 1-1 from the free throw line for five points. Emma Webster had six points in the quarter for the College of Pharmacy, while Clare Snell and Olivia Parmeter had three apiece.
After scoring a field goal and 3-pointer in the first half, Alayah Sweeney went off for seven of CSJ's 20 total points in the third frame. White recorded a jump shot and three in the quarter for five points and Eye had three points. The Saints gave up 15 points to Albany in the third quarter, led by Misner with six points. Chanda scored eight of the Panthers' 18 in the fourth quarter and Snell tallied six. CSJ had 15 points in the fourth, with Black and Sweeney scoring four apiece.
Sophomore point guard Akins was efficient for CSJ, recording nine assists, eight points, four rebounds and three steals while committing just three turnovers. Sweeney led the Fighting Saints in scoring with 16 points off 6-of -4 shooting from the field. She also notched seven rebounds and two steals in her first game wearing a CSJ uniform.
Sophomore center Eye recorded a double-double with 14 rebounds and 13 points. Black finished with 11 points, nine rebounds, five steals and three assists. White shot 2-for-4 from downtown and 5-of-11 from the field for 12 points and notched five rebounds. The Panthers were led by Chanda with 15 points and Snell with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Misner recorded 12 points and Webster finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
CSJ is back on the court on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Vaughn College (0-4) in Corona, N.Y. for a 2:30 pm contest.