|College of St. Joseph ||Southern Maine Community College|
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine– The Southern Maine Community College women’s basketball team toppled the defending United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) national champions, College of St. Joseph (VT), 83-52 to pick up its ninth Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) victory of the season on Saturday, Jan. 14.
First-year Alicia Ruth (Plaistow, N.H.) led all scorers in the game with 22 points and made a season-high seven three-pointers. Ruth shot 70 percent from the floor (7-10), taking only two two-point attempts. Ruth ranks second among all USCAA Division II players and first in the conference in three-point percentage making the 21-footer 42.9 percent of the time.
Sophomore Alexis Antonacci (Long Island, N.Y.) finished with 14 points, also with a season-high four three-pointers made. Senior Jennifer Conrad (Monmouth, Maine) looked like her normal self with 13 points and eight rebounds, and first-year Kaylah Abdul (South Berwick, Maine) put together a complete performance with 10 points, six assists, five rebounds, and 3 steals.
The SeaWolves outscored their opponent by a 21-point margin in the first quarter and by 14 in the third quarter to roll to a 31-point victory. The SMCC women assisted on 22 of 31 field goals made and fired near 64 percent from beyond the arc. In January the SeaWolves are shooting a season-best 43.7 percent from three-point territory.
The SMCC women extend their winning streak to three straight and improve to 9-1 in conference play, 16-1 overall.