BOSTON, Mass. - Junior forward Kayla Guest (Newington, CT) recorded her second straight double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, but the University of Saint Joseph basketball team was stopped by the Wentworth Leopards, 66-52, on the road on Tuesday night inside Tansey Gymnasium. The loss evens the Blue Jays record at 2-2 on the season, while Wentworth posts its first win of the season and improves to 1-3.
Junior Rajeen Mayo (Middletown, CT) powered USJ offensively and recorded her fourth consecutive game with 17+ points finishing with a game-high 19 points in the loss. She also grabbed seven rebounds in 36 minutes of floor time. Senior Carlee Putnam (Niantic, CT) joined Mayo and Guest in double-figures with 11 points, while also dishing out five assists on the evening.
The Blue Jays and Wentworth battled back and forth in the early stages of the contest before the home team caught fire and used a 6-2 spurt to close the final minute of the opening quarter and took a 23-16 lead at the first intermission.
Wentworth continued its hot shooting, especially from behind the arc, in the second quarter to build on its lead and eventually take a 45-30 lead into halftime. Overall in the first half, the Leopards connected on 15-of-34 attempts (44.1%) from the field, including 7-of-13 (53.8%) from three.
Saint Joseph would tighten up its defense coming out of the halftime break though and opened up the third quarter with a 13-5 run to cut its deficit in half and pull within 50-43 just over halfway through the period. Mayo fueled the run for USJ with seven points over the stretch.
However, the Blue Jays could only muster three more points over the remainder of the period and trailed 56-46 heading into the final stanza.
Mayo opened the fourth quarter with a layup to get USJ back within single digits, but that would be as close as the blue and gold would get for the remainder of the game as Wentworth outscored the Blue Jays 10-6 in the final period for the 66-52 final.
Kellie Messer and Sam McGibbon led the way for the Leopards in the win scoring 15 and 14 points, respectively. Messer finished with a double-double grabbing 14 rebounds to go with her 15 points.
Saint Joseph shot 33.9% (20-59) from the floor in the game, while Wentworth hit for 36.1% (22-61), but was 9-of-19 from distance. The Leopards also converted at an 86.7% rate (13-15) from the free throw line compared to just 50.0% (11-22) for the Blue Jays.
USJ dominated offensively down low once again and held a 30-10 scoring advantage in points in the paint. Wentworth held a slight advantage on the boards outrebounding USJ 46-40.
The USJ basketball team will return to action next when they host cross-town rival Trinity on Sunday, Nov. 27. Tip-off inside the O'Connell Center is slated for 1 p.m.