PAXTON, Mass. – Stephanie DeJesus (Meriden, Conn.) matched her career-high with 21 points and made five three-pointers as the University of Saint Joseph basketball team defeated Anna Maria College 75-65 Saturday in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference game.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for USJ, which improved to 2-15 overall on the season and 1-4 in the conference. Anna Maria is 6-11 overall and 0-5 in the GNAC.
DeJesus shot 8-for-16 from the floor including 5 of 8 on three-point attempts. She scored in double figures for the sixth game in a row and 11th time this season. Kayla Guest (Newington, Conn.) had her second consecutive double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds and shot 11-for-13 at the free throw line for the Blue Jays. Rajeen Mayo (Middletown, Conn.) scored 15 points for USJ and Carlee Putnam (Niantic, Conn.) 13. Elisha Pertillar (Windsor, Conn.) had a team-high 11 rebounds.
The Blue Jays scored the first five points of the game and trailed for only 38 seconds in the first quarter at 8-5. The first DeJesus three-pointer of the day tied the score at 8 with 4:40 left in the opening quarter and two free throws from Pertillar 43 seconds later gave USJ the lead for good. The Blue Jays led 22-13 after one quarter, 40-24 at halftime and 57-47 through three.
The teams were comparable from the field with USJ shooting 41.1 percent (23-for-56) and Anna Maria 39.3 percent (24-for-61), but USJ outscored the Amcats 21-12 at the free throw line, going 21-for-29 (72.4 percent) to AMC's 12-for-16 (75 percent).
USJ next hosts Norwich, Wednesday, Jan. 27 in a GNAC game beginning at 7 p.m.