|Saint Joseph's College||Anna Maria College|
STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (17-3, 11-0 GNAC) defeated Anna Maria College (3-15, 1-10 GNAC), 82-57, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women’s basketball action at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday afternoon.
The game was close early the conference counterparts stood at a 14-14 stalemate after the first quarter and the Monks owned a 26-24 edge with 2:50 before the break. Saint Joseph’s gained some wiggle room by closing out the half with a 10-4 run, with two Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine) three-pointers and a pair of Brianne Maloney (South Portland, Maine) buckets, and headed into halftime with a 36-28 lead.
In the first 38 seconds of the third quarter, the AMCATS cut their deficit down to 36-33 with a Shannon Hofmiller (Oxford, Conn.) layup and a three-pointer from senior guard Nicole Mareiro (Acushnet, Mass.), but the SJC offense responded with a game-changing 21-6 run en route to securing a 57-39 cushion with 2:22 left in the third frame.
Sophomore forward Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) led all players with 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds.
Champagne netted 16 points off a 5-8 three-point performance with five boards and four steals.
Sophomore guard Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) tallied 10 points, 11 assists, three caroms, and two steals.
Maloney came off the bench to provide 10 points and three boards.
Sophomore guard Hannah Marks (Waldoboro, Maine) chipped in with nine points and six rebounds.
Mareiro scored 11 points with three rebounds.
Senior guard Christina Gauvin (Dudley, Mass.) posted 10 points, two boards, and a pair of assists.
Senior forward Emily Capstick (Worcester, Mass.) came off the bench to score nine points with three rebounds and two helpers.
Sophomore guard Leah Wright (Summerville, S.C.) chipped in with seven points and two caroms.