Blue Jays Battle Wesleyan

Blue Jays Battle Wesleyan

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph basketball team had four players score in double figures, but the Blue Jays dropped a 85-61 non-conference game Sunday at Wesleyan's Silloway Gymnasium.

Wesleyan improved to 3-1 on the season; USJ is looking for its first win after six games.

Stephanie DeJesus (Meriden, Conn.) and Kayla Guest (Newington, Conn.) scored 15 points apiece for USJ, Carlee Putnam (Niantic, Conn.) had 14 and Rajeen Mayo (Middletown, Conn.) 13.

Wesleyan jumped out to a 26-10 lead after the first quarter and was on the verge of putting it away early in the second with a 31-12 advantage. But USJ made a stand and outscored the Cardinals 24-7 over a seven-minute span and pulled within 38-36 on a jumper from Mayo with 1:02 left in the half. Putnam and Guest each had eight points in the quarter for the Blue Jays.

Wesleyan recovered to lead 43-37 at the break and slowly pulled away in the second half, leading 65-49 after three and by as many as 27 in the fourth.

Putnam had a team-high nine rebounds for USJ, which was outrebounded, 56-35. Guest made five steals. Brenna Diggins (Norwell, Mass.) had a game-high 25 points for Wesleyan.

USJ next plays at Eastern. Conn., Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.