College of St. Joseph's women's basketball team defeated Fisher College 52-45 on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The Falcons fell to 15-10 on the season, as CSJ (9-11) creeps closer to the .500 mark.
The Saints brought energy into the game immediately, with Alayah Sweeney scoring a quick layup off the opening tip by sophomore forward Jayla Latham. Sweeney went on to score 4 more points in the quarter and collect 7 rebounds. Sabrena Eye scored 4 points in the quarter, while Daija Black had 3 and Madison Akins had 2. Vivian Lara had 6 points in the quarter for Fisher. CSJ led 15-9 after the first frame of play.
Fisher rallied to take the second quarter 10-5. CSJ committed 9 turnovers in the quarter to Fisher's 6. Sweeney recorded a 3-pointer in the quarter and Latham recorded 3 rbeounds, 2 points. Eye had 4 rebounds in the quarter. Fisher's Choon-Hee Chae matched CSJ's five-point team effort with five points of her own in the quarter. CSJ led 20-19 at halftime.
The Fighting Saints were relentless in the third quarter despite their second-quarter dip, putting up another 15-point quarter. CSJ also did a fine job of protecting the ball, committing just 1 turnover in the quarter to Fisher's 6. Black shot 4-for-4 from the foul line and NaKeeya Goodman-Boddie got on the scoreboard with 4 points of her own. Sweeney shot 3-for-3 from the foul line while Latham and Eye had a field goal apiece. Chae scored 4 of Fisher's 9 points in the quarter.
CSJ's effort in the third frame proved pivotal, as each team scored 17 points in the fourth quarter. Goodman-Boddie scored 5 points and had 4 rebounds, 2 steals and an assists to carry CSJ in the final frame. Black and Akins also did well, each shooting a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. Jenny-Lynn Eggers had 6 points and 3 rebounds for Fisher in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Saints forced Fisher into 28 turnovers and scored 23 points off turnovers. CSJ had the edge in the game in rebounding, 58-50. The Falcons scored 12 points off of 23 turnovers by the Saints. CSJ held Fisher's leading scorer Lara (who averages 18 ppg) to just 8 points on the game, with 6 of those points occurring in the first quarter.
Lara, Eggers and Kellie Gaston each average double digit scoring for the Falcons, but the Saints limited Fisher to just one scorer in double figures. Fisher was led by Chae with 14 points, 4 rebounds. Lara had 8 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists and Eggers recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds.
Sweeney matched the game-high 14 points and recorded 11 rebounds, 3 steals. Black had 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals. Eye finished with 12 rebounds, 8 points. Goodman-Boddie did a little bit of everything with 9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 1 block.
CSJ hosts Green Mountain College on Senior Night on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 5:30pm. Goodman-Boddie and GMC's senior will be recognized prior to tip off.