STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (11-1, 4-0 GNAC) topped Johnson & Wales University (6-6, 2-1 GNAC), 64-57, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women’s basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Tuesday evening.
Junior guard Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) led all scorers with 18 points and junior forward Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) posted a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds to help the Monks extend their winning streak to 10 games, the program’s longest victory string since the 2001-02 campaign.
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Saint Joseph’s led by as many as 14 points late in the third quarter, but Johnson & Wales closed the gap down to three points (60-57) with 46 seconds remaining, when junior forward Ally Mishol (Longmeadow, Mass.) capped a 17-6 run with a jump shot. With the help of a 4-4 free-throw shooting effort in the final 30 seconds from McNamara, the Monks managed to hold off the Wildcats and increase their home win streak to 27 games.
Saint Joseph’s held advantages in free throws made (19-10) and points in the paint (28-18) in the victory.
LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH’S:
· McNamara was 7-8 from the FT line with five assists, three rebounds, and a pair of steals
· Junior guard Hannah Marks (Waldoboro, Maine) was 4-7 from three-point range and netted 16 points
· Junior guard Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine) added nine points and three boards
LEADERS – JOHNSON & WALES:
· Senior guard Raquel Pederzani (Coventry, R.I.) scored 15 points with two assists and a pair of steals
· Senior forward Bobbie Whitehead (Brooklyn, N.Y.) came off the bench to score 11 points with five boards
· Mishol contributed 10 points and seven rebounds
With the victory, Saint Joseph’s improves to 9-5 all-time versus Johnson & Wales University and has now defeated the Wildcats in four-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2015-16 season.
Saint Joseph’s plays at Simmons College on Thursday in a GNAC contest slated to begin at 7:00 PM.