College of St. Joseph's women's basketball team debuts at home on Sunday, Nov. 11 against Central Maine Community College (CMCC) at 2pm.
The Fighting Saints are 0-2 before a Saturday night matchup at Northern Vermont University (NVU)-Johnson. The CMCC Mustangs are 5-0 on the season. Last year, on Feb. 4, the Saints traveled to Auburn, Maine to take on the Mustangs and fell 83-39. CMCC went on to post a 30-2 season record, with one of their losses coming at the hands of Johnson & Wales (NC) in the USCAA National Championship.
This year, the Mustangs have notched wins over Yankee Small College Conference opponents Vermont Technical College (96-49), UMaine-Augusta (87-48) and Unity College (83-14). CMCC's players to watch include Brooke & Jordyn Reynolds and Natalie Thurber, who are each currently averaging double digit scoring. Senior Brooke Reynolds is averaging 12.4 points per game (PPG), 6 rebounds per game (RPG), 2.4 assists/game and 3.4 steals/game. Sophomore Jordyn Reynolds has averaged 10.2 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 3.6 steals/game and 1.6 assists/game. Fellow sophomore Thurber is currently scoring 10.4 PPG and shooting 37.5 percent from the 3-point line.
CSJ fell to NVU-Lyndon 79-69 on Thursday, Nov. 8. Senior captain NaKeeya Goodman-Boddie recorded 15 points and 13 rebounds in the loss. Junior Daija Black tallied 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Sophomore point guard and captain Madison Akins recorded a career-high 20 points points and also provided four assists and four steals.
CMCC will be a strong test for the Fighting Saints before the prepare for a weekend of NCAA contests beginning Friday, Nov. 16.