|Emmanuel College||Saint Joseph's College|
STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (19-3, 3-0 GNAC) defeated Emmanuel College (16-7, 12-2 GNAC), 75-64, in a rematch of the 2016 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Women’s Basketball Championship at the Harold Alfond Center on Wednesday evening.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Saint Joseph’s trailed for the better part of the first two quarters, but rallied with an 11-2 run in the final minutes of the second stanza to tie the game at 35-35 heading into intermission.
The Monks did not claim their first lead of the night until junior forward Regan McFerran (Albany, N.Y.) converted a fast-break layup off a Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine) steal to make it a 37-35 game 12 seconds into the third frame.
St. Joe’s held the lead for the remainder of the contest, but did not secure a comfortable advantage until sophomore guard Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) netted five unanswered points to lifter her squad to a 71-64 cushion with 1:41 left.
The Monks held the Saints to a single free throw in the final four minutes as the visitors went 0-4 from the field down the stretch. McNamara went 4-4 from the FT line in the closing 50 seconds to ice the victory.
LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH’S:
· McNamara netted 22 points with three rebounds and five assists while going 8-8 from the free throw line
· Champagne tallied 15 points, six boards, four assists, and two steals
· Junior forward Brianne Maloney (South Portland, Maine) came off the bench to net 10 points in 19 minutes
· Sophomore forward Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) scored nine points with 14 caroms and a pair of assists
· Senior guard Abbie Eastman (Norway, Maine) scored eight points with two rebounds
LEADERS – EMMANUEL:
· Junior guard Alisha Fox (National Park, N.J.) scored a game-high 25 points off a 10-15 shooting performance with a pair of steals
· Senior forward Jen Chalk (Horseheads, N.Y.) tallied 18 points, five boards, two assists, and two steals
· Sophomore guard Olivia Dalphonse (Buxton, Maine) added 11 points with two caroms, four assists, and a pair of steals
· Junior guard Ryan Maynard (Bowie, Md.) notched four steals