College of St. Joseph's women's basketball team picked up an 89-60 victory at SUNY Delhi on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Fighting Saints conclude February 5-0 and the second semester 10-1.
With the win the Lady Saints showed their stellar improvement throughout the year. Earlier this season, CSJ narrowly defeated the Broncos 67-65 at home. But on Saturday the Saints posted 21 points in the first quarter while limiting Delhi to 11, and scored 25 points in the second quarter while allowing just 6 Bronco points in the frame. CSJ amassed a 46-17 halftime lead.
The third quarter ended in similar fashion, with the Lady Saints scoring 30 points to Delhi's 18. The Broncos outscored CSJ 25-13 in the final frame, perhaps due in part to CSJ star shooting guard Alayah Sweeney sitting out the entirety of the fourth quarter.
Sweeney finished the contest with a game-high 22 points and had 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. She shot 4-of-8 from the 3-point line, 8-of-16 from the field and 2-for-2 from the foul line. Daija Black posted an impressive stat line with 16 points (6-of-12 from the field and 4-for-4 from the foul line), 9 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 assists.
NaKeeya Goodman-Boddie had 13 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and Madison Akins tallied 9 points, 5 rebounds. Jayla Latham led CSJ in rebounds with 10 rebounds and also chipped in with 8 points. LaShaunte White has 12 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals off the bench for CSJ.
Kiera Holland led the Broncos with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Sam Acuna had 14 points, 8 rebounds and Diana Echols notched 11 rebounds, 8 points.
CSJ finishes their regular season 13-11 after winning 12 of their last 14 games. The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) announces the 10 Division II teams selected to participate in the USCAA National Tournament on Feb. 21.