SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.—Freshman guard Kelsi McNamara delivered a clutch 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to lift the Saint Joseph's College basketball team to a 53-47 win over Wellesley at the 39th Skidmore Women's Basketball Invitational, Friday night at the Williamson Sports Center.
With the shot clock winding down, McNamara launched a deep three that beat the buzzer and put the Monks in front 50-47. St. Joe's made three free throws down the stretch and kept the Blue off the board to secure the win.
Sophomore forward Norma Waggett led the Monks with 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals. McNamara finished with nine points, four assists, three boards and three steals.
Freshman forward Chelsi Scott had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Wellesley, going 13-for-16 from the free throw line. Freshman guard Brenna Butler contributed 10 points and three steals off the bench.
The two teams went back and forth for the first three quarters. The Blue opened a five-point lead late in the third quarter after four straight points from Scott, but Emily Quirion knocked down a jumper with 14 seconds remaining to pull Saint Joseph's within three at 39-36 heading into the final frame.
The Monks opened the fourth with an 8-0 run, taking a 44-39 lead after a pair of Quirion free throws. Wellesley pulled back in front with a 6-0 run sparked by five straight points from Butler.
Waggett restored the Saint Joseph's lead with two from the charity stripe, and after Kayla Jang knotted the game at 47-47, McNamara delivered what proved to be the dagger with 2:10 remaining.
Saint Joseph's shot 17-for-53 from the field and 2-for-11 from 3-point range, while Wellesley was 13-for-48 from the floor and 3-for-15 from deep.
The Monks take on New Paltz at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, while Wellesley faces Skidmore at 4 p.m.
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Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.