STANDISH, Maine – The Saint Joseph's College (2-1) women's basketball team defeated Husson University (0-1), 79-61, in what was the Monks' 2015-16 home-opener at the Harold Alfond Center on Thursday night.
The Monks trailed by as many as seven points early in the first quarter, but closed out the first frame with a 17-7 scoring run, claiming a lead that would not be relinquished for the remainder of the contest.
LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH'S
- Senior center Morgan Cahill (Yarmouth, Maine) netted a game-high 28 points with six rebounds and four assists and drained 10 of 11 free throw attempts on the evening
- Freshman guard Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) tallied 18 points, six assists, three boards and a pair of steals
- Sophomore guard Emily Quirion (Augusta, Maine) scored 11 points off a 4-6 shooting effort, including a 3-4 performance from beyond the arc
LEADERS – HUSSON
- Kenzie Worcester (Washburn, Maine) paced the Eagles with 13 points and added four assists and three caroms in the loss
- Chandler Guerrette (Presque Isle, Maine) added 12 points with four dimes and four boards
- Victoria McIntyre (Mars Hill, Maine) chipped in with 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds
- Husson sophomore Kylie Richards (Corinna, Maine) opened the game scoring with a pair of free throws 1:14 into play
- The Monks' first bucket at home this season was scored by sophomore Brianne Maloney (South Portland, Maine), who knotted the game with a layup off an Emily Kehoe (Perkinsville, Vt.) pass 20 seconds later
- Trailing 5-4 after SJC freshman Hannah Marks (Waldoboro, Maine) netted a three-pointer at the 5:14 mark, the Eagles mounted an 8-0 run, which was capped by a Worcester layup at 1:20 later, to secure a 12-5 lead
- A trio of freshmen helped the hosts jump back into play, as Marks, McNamara, Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) and Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine) all scored to knot the contest at 16-16 with 1:38 left in the first quarter
- The Eagles countered with a three-pointer from Guerrette, but Cahill connected on a layup and McNamara made a pair of shots to make it a 22-19 game heading into the second stanza
- Saint Joseph's began the second quarter with a 10-2 scoring outburst as Cahill accounted for all the offense during the stretch, which saw the hosts claim a 32-21 cushion with 6:35 before the break
- The Eagles answered with a 17-6 run of their own, cutting the Monks' lead down to 38-36, a score that stood heading into intermission
- Husson tied the contest at 38-38 on their second possession of the third period, as McIntyre tapped in a layup off a Worcester feed with 8:54 left in the third
- St. Joe's proceeded to post a 13-3 run, with Cahill capping the surge with a layup off a McNamara pass, making it a 51-41 game with 4:49 left third quarter
- The Eagles cut their deficit down to single digits with a Maegan True (Holden, Maine) bucket 21 seconds later, but the Monks outscored the visitors by a 10-2 during the remainder of the third frame, as Cahill closed the run with a traditional three-point play, which lifted the hosts to a 61-45 lead heading into the final stanza
- Saint Joseph's proceeded to hold no less than a 14-point cushion for the remainder of the contest
- The Monks held a game-high 22-point lead (78-56) when junior guard Abbie Eastman (Norway, Maine) made a pair of freebies at the 2:28 mark
Rebounding (OFF-DEF): Saint Joseph's 32 (7-25), Husson 30 (9-21)
Assists: Saint Joseph's 23, Husson 19
Turnovers: Husson 23, Saint Joseph's 18
Steals: Saint Joseph's 10, Husson 7
FG%: Saint Joseph's 50% (27-54), Husson 40.4% (21-52)
3FG%: Saint Joseph's 46.7% (7-15), Husson 35% (7-20)
FT%: Saint Joseph's 85.7% (18-21), Husson 60% (12-20)
Points off TO's: Saint Joseph's 21, Husson 14
Points in the paint: Saint Joseph's 32, Husson 20
Second chance points: Saint Joseph's 8, Husson 4
Bench points: Saint Joseph's 31, Husson 11
With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 39-31 all-time versus Husson University, a team the Monks defeated by an 82-78 margin in double-overtime in Bangor last season.
Saint Joseph's plays at Maine Maritime Academy in a 1:00 PM start on Saturday while Husson is off until Tuesday, December 1st when the Eagles host Maine-Farmington in a conference contest slated for a 5:30 PM tip-off.
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.