|Colby College||Saint Joseph's College|
STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (7-1) posted a 58-47 victory over Colby College (5-4) in non-conference women’s basketball action at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday afternoon. With the triumph, Saint Joseph’s has now won six-consecutive games with the team’s last – and only – loss coming at the hands of Husson University in Bangor on November 17th.
The in-state rivals traded the lead twice with five tie scores in the first quarter, but Colby seemed to be pulling away after sophomore center Emily Davis (Sudbury, Mass.) converted a layup to make it a 20-14 game 1:56 into the second stanza. The Monks’ offense came to life shortly thereafter however, as sophomore forward Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) ignited a 16-5 run with a jumper 5:54 before the break and the hosts held a 30-25 advantage when sophomore guard Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) capped the surge with a three-pointer 2:29 into the third frame.
The Monks held the lead for the remainder of play, but the Mules remained within striking distance and cut their deficit down to three points (50-47) after sophomore guard Katie McCrum (Saco, Maine) drained a jumper with 5:41 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Saint Joseph’s proceeded to close out the contest with eight unanswered points, including a pair of Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine) freebies, which provided the hosts with their only double-digit advantage of the afternoon, with 32 seconds left.
Benway netted a career-and-game-high 26 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to post her third double-double of the season.
McNamara scored 15 points with five steals, two assists, and a pair of rebounds.
Champagne added six points and seven boards.
Senior Abbie Eastman (Norway, Maine) chipped in with five points and four assists.
Davis paced the Mules with 13 points and grabbed four rebounds.
McCrum neared double-double status with nine points and nine caroms with five assists.
Junior Haley Driscoll (Bedford, N.H.) contributed eight points and eight rebounds with a pair of steals.