College of St. Joseph's women's basketball team travels to Auburn, Maine on Saturday, Jan. 26 to take on Central Maine Community College at 4pm. At 15-2 on the season, the Mustangs are currently ranked #2 in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).
The game marks the second time this season the two squads have matched up. On Nov. 11, CSJ hosted the Mustangs fell 93-54. The game was the Fighting Saints' third in four days. CMCC had four players score double figures, with Alex Bessey leading the charge with a game-high 22 points. Natalie Thurber shot 3-of-6 from 3-point range and 6-for-6 from the foul line on her way to a 17 point performance.
The Mustangs started the game strong, outscoring CSJ 3-12 in the first quarter. It was the second quarter that put the game out of reach, as the CMCC scored 28 points and limited the Saints to just 8. CSJ competed with CMCC in the third, losing the quarter by just one point, 25-24. The Mustangs won the final frame 17-10.
CMCC shot 42.5 percent from the field (34-of-80), 42 percent from 3-point range (10-of-24) and 79 percent from the free throw line (15-of-19). CSJ could not match the Mustangs' 10 made shots from downtown, only attempting 6 of their own and converting 2. Rachel Bruneel scored her only 3-point attempt and LaShaunte White accounted for the Saints' only other made three.
CSJ shot 34.5 percent from the field (20-of-58) and 70.6 percent from the foul line (12-of-17). Sabrena Eye led the Lady Saints with 14 points, 6 rebounds. Madison Akins recorded 10 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds. Jayla Latham had 6 points, 5 rebounds and NaKeeya Goodman-Boddie had 4 points, 3 assists and 1 steals to go along with a team-high 6 rebounds.
As a team, CMCC is averaging a 45 percent field goal percentage. They also average 21.5 assists per game and 48.4 rebounds per game. Their two losses were at the hands of NCAA competitor Husson University (59-53) and UMaine-Fort Kent (70-61). Brooke Reynolds leads the Mustangs in scoring (12.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.9 rpg). Sister Jordyn Reynolds scores 9.7 ppg and pulls down 8.7 rpg. Thurber averages 10.1 ppg.
The Saints average a 36 percent field goal percentage. They average 13.5 assists per game and 46.3 rebounds per game. Junior guard Daija Black leads CSJ in scoring at 12.2 ppg. She leads in steals per game (2.5) and is fourth in rebounding at 5.6 rpg. Eye is second in scoring for the Saints at 11.7 ppg and second in rebounding at 6.6 rpg. Senior Goodman-Boddie leads the team in rebounding at 6.7 rpg and is second in assists per game (3.9).
Saturday's game will have a live video stream available at the following link: http://www.munzingmediasports.com/cmcc/