Monks Stop Skid with Win over Blue Jays

Monks Stop Skid with Win over Blue Jays

STANDISH, ME - Saint Joseph's (8-10, 2-3 GNAC) halted a five-game losing streak by defeating Saint Joseph (Conn.), 68-48, in a GNAC Women's Basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Thursday evening. Megan McDevitt '12 (Cumberland, ME) scored 18 to lead the Monks in the winning effort.

Meghan Daigle '10 (Grantham, NH) netted the fifth double-double of her career with 13 points and a career-best 13 caroms, while Carolyn Freeman '10 (Scarborough, ME/McAuley) chipped in with 10 points and 7 boards for Saint Joseph's. Allison Miner '10 (Pembroke, NH) tallied 9 points and 7 rebounds and Casey Drake '11 (Lebanon, NH) dealt 5 dimes in the triumph.

For the Blue Jays, Ilaria Schiano '11 (Wallingford, CT) scored a game-high 22 points with 9 caroms and 5 assists and teammate Terese Cerins '13 (Manchester, CT) added 8 points and 6 boards in the losing bid.

Something had to give in this contest between two teams mired in losing streaks. Entering the game, the Monks had dropped five straight after defeating nationally-ranked Emmanuel College January 7th. With the loss, the Blue Jays have now lost 13 games in a row.

St. Joe's left little doubt as to which team would end its winless drought on this night, as the Royal Blue held the lead from wire to wire.

The Monks jumped out to an early lead and held an 11-2 cushion after McDevitt hit her first of three treys at the 15:19 mark. The Blue Jays chipped away with five unanswered points from Schiano, the leading scoring in the conference, in the next minute. St. Joe's answered by outscoring the visitors by a 10-2 margin over the subsequent six minutes and led 21-9 after another McDevitt trifecta with 9:58 to go in the first half.

Schiano drove the lane and converted a layup at the 7:41 mark to cut the Monk lead to single digits, 22-13, but the Royal Blue proceeded to score nine unanswered points, with four coming from Freeman, over the following four minutes and wound up carrying an 18-point lead, 38-20, into the intermission.

The Monks shot 41.9% from the field in the opening half, while the Blue Jays mustered a 25.8% effort overall. McDevitt led all scorers with 13 points in the first period.

St. Joe's led by 20 for the vast majority of the second stanza and gained a game-high 27-point lead, 57-30, after Daigle made a layup with 7:40 to play.

Monks' freshman guard Melanie Cloutier (Paris, ME) scored five points, her first collegiate output, and added her first NCAA three-pointer in the victory. Amelia Lamb '12 (Topsham, ME) made her first appearance of the season and netted two points in four minutes of mop-up duty.

St. Joe's shot 37.1% (26-70) overall, 21.1% (4-19) from three-point range, and 63.2% (12-19) from the line, while Saint Joseph (Conn.) shot 30% (18-60) from the field, 11.8% (2-17) from three-point distance and 52.6% (10-19) from the FT line in the loss. The Monks held a 53-41 advantage on the glass, with 17 offensive caroms, and registered 21 assists on 26 field goals.

St. Joe's will play at Albertus Magnus (8-10, 4-2 GNAC) on Saturday at 1:00 PM, while Saint Joseph (Conn.) will travel to Lasell (5-13, 1-4 GNAC) on Saturday for a 1:00 PM tip-off.

Newspaper Box Score
St. Joseph (Conn.) vs St. Joseph's (Me.)
1/28/10 5:30pm at Standish, Maine
At Standish, Maine
ST. JOSEPH (CONN.) (3-14, (0-6 GNAC))
Ilaria Schiano 8-18 5-9 22; Terese Cerins 3-11 2-4 8; Michelle Fillion 2-6
3-6 7; Nathalie Masterreno 2-13 0-0 5; Brie Bourgoin 2-6 0-0 4; Allison
Richards 1-3 0-0 2; Ternise Barrett 0-3 0-0 0; Danielle Feola 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals 18-60 10-19 48.
ST. JOSEPH'S (ME.) (8-10, (2-3 GNAC))
Megan McDevitt 7-13 1-2 18; Meghan Daigle 6-15 1-2 13; Carolyn Freeman 2-8
6-7 10; Allison Miner 4-7 1-2 9; Melanie Cloutier 2-3 0-0 5; Ashley Geel 1-7
2-2 4; Danyelle Shufelt 1-6 1-3 3; Allie Parent 1-1 0-0 2; Jess Bridges 1-5
0-0 2; Amelia Lamb 1-3 0-1 2; Casey Drake 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-70 12-19 68.
St. Joseph (Conn.)............   20   28  -   48
St. Joseph's (Me.)............   38   30  -   68
3-point goals--St. Joseph (Conn.) 2-17 (Ilaria Schiano 1-5; Nathalie
Masterreno 1-7; Michelle Fillion 0-3; Brie Bourgoin 0-2), St. Joseph's (Me.)
4-19 (Megan McDevitt 3-8; Melanie Cloutier 1-2; Carolyn Freeman 0-4;
Danyelle Shufelt 0-3; Jess Bridges 0-2). Fouled out--St. Joseph
(Conn.)-Allison Richards, St. Joseph's (Me.)-None. Rebounds--St. Joseph
(Conn.) 41 (Ilaria Schiano 9), St. Joseph's (Me.) 53 (Meghan Daigle 13).
Assists--St. Joseph (Conn.) 10 (Ilaria Schiano 5), St. Joseph's (Me.) 21
(Casey Drake 5). Total fouls--St. Joseph (Conn.) 21, St. Joseph's (Me.) 18.
Technical fouls--St. Joseph (Conn.)-None, St. Joseph's (Me.)-None. A-105