Basketball Seniors Play Final Home Game

Basketball Seniors Play Final Home Game

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Despite 24 points from junior Carlee Putnam (Niantic, Conn.), the University of Saint Joseph women's basketball team dropped a 73-58 contest the Suffolk University in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference game Tuesday at the O'Connell Center.

Suffolk improved to 15-9 overall and 7-3 in the GNAC. USJ dropped to 3-20 overall and 2-8 in the conference.

Chelsea Capellone (Fall River, Mass.), the reigning ECAC New England Division-III Player of the Week, had a double-double with 15 points and 17 rebounds for Suffolk. Alessandra Quadri (Sundbury, Mass.) and Georgia Bourikas (Hull, Mass.) also scored 15 points apiece for Suffolk.

Kayla Guest (Newington, Conn.), who shared GNAC Player of the Week honors with Capellone, had 12 points and nine rebounds for USJ and Rajeen Mayo (Middletown, Conn.) had 11 points and six rebounds.

USJ trailed 27-14 after one quarter and played on even terms over the final three quarters. USJ forced 18 turnovers while only committing nine and Suffolk outrebounded the Blue Jays 55-43.

St. Joseph seniors Stephanie DeJesus (Meriden, Conn.) and Lindsey Cifaldi (Wolcott, Conn.) played in their final home game and were honored before the game.

"We would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank them – and their families – for their dedication, efforts, and sacrifices as Blue Jay student-athletes and leaders," USJ coach Jack Casey said. "We wish them both the very best in the next exciting chapters on their personal life journeys, and sincerely thank them for their positive and lasting impact on our program, and on the University of Saint Joseph community."

USJ plays at Manhattanville Thursday at 6 p.m. in a non-conference game and concludes its season Saturday in a 2 p.m. game at Lasell.