Norwich Tops USJ, 81-57

Norwich Tops USJ, 81-57

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Shyann Josler (Thetford, Verm.) scored a career-high 26 points and Heather LeBlanc (Sanford, Maine) had a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds as the Norwich University women's basketball team defeated the University of Saint Joseph 81-57 in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference game Wednesday night at the O'Connell Center.

Norwich improved to 10-8 overall and 3-3 in the GNAC; USJ is 2-16 overall and 1-5 in conference play.

Rajeen Mayo (Middletown, Conn.) scored 20 points to lead USJ and Carlee Putnam had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kayla Guest chipped in with eight points for the Blue Jays.

Josler made six three pointers on 10 attempts and added five assists and five rebounds. LeBlanc shot 7-for-11 from the floor and had 10 points and 10 rebounds at halftime. Vanessa Fleury (Lebanon, N.H.) added 12 points for the Cadets.

Norwich had a 21-6 edge on the offensive boards, leading to 19 second-chance points to none for USJ and a 61-32 total rebounding margin. The Blue Jays forced 18 turnovers to 14, resulting in a 22-11 advantage in points off turnovers. Norwich never trailed and led 22-14, 44-27 and 61-43 after each quarter.

USJ next plays at St. Joseph's College, of Maine, Saturday, Jan. 30 in a 1 p.m. GNAC game. Norwich hosts Mount Ida, also Sat. at 1 p.m. in a GNAC game.