WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The University of Saint Joseph basketball team will host the 20th Annual USJ Tip-Off Tournament this weekend inside the O'Connell Athletic Center beginning on Friday evening at 6 p.m. when the Blue Jays take on the Fighting Saints of the College of St. Joseph in the tournament opener. The other two teams in the tournament are Fitchburg State and Newbury College who will matchup in the second game on Friday night. Please see the official USJ Tip-Off Tournament homepage for a complete tournament schedule as well as rosters, schedules and statistics for each team.
The Blue Jays will look to capture its first Tip-Off Tournament championship since 2011 when they defeated Albright in the final 68-56. Since the title run in 2011, USJ has finished runner up three times (2012, 2013, 2014). In the history of the tournament the Blue Jays have won the tournament a total of five times, including a three-peat from 2009-2011.
University of Saint Joseph: (1-0, 0-0 GNAC)
The Blue Jays return six players from their 2016-17 roster, including three starters, led by seniors Rajeen Mayo (Middletown, Conn.) and Kayla Guest (Newington, Conn.). Guest and Mayo were second and third in scoring on the team last year netting 14.7 and 13.5 ppg, respectively. Guest is also the leading returning rebounder after pulling down 7.0 rpg in 2016-17.
The College of St. Joseph: (1-1, 0-0 YSCC)
The College of St. Joseph returns five players from its 2016-17 roster. Alexius Brooks is the leading returning scorer and rebounder for the Fighting Saints who averaged 12.0 ppg and a team-best 13.5 rpg a season ago.
Fitchburg State University: (0-1, 0-0 MASCAC)
Fitchburg State returns eight players from its 2016-17 roster. Sophomore Emma Thomson is the Falcons leading returning scorer at 9.6 ppg last season. Senior Michaela McTomney pulled down 6.7 rpg in 2016-17 for FSU as the teams leading returning rebounder.
Newbury College: (0-1, 0-0 NECC)
Newbury returns five players from its 2016-17 roster, including its two returning scorers Destiny Spears and Savanaah Olsen. Spears averaged 18.5 ppg and Olsen averaged 17.2 ppg. Spears and Olsen are also the Nighthawks two leading returning rebounders at 11.6 rpg and 10.9 rpg, respectively.
The winners of Friday night's contests will play in the championship bout slated for approximately 3 p.m. on Saturday, while the losers will meet at 1 p.m. in the consolation game. Following the conclusion of the championship game an All-Tournament Team and MVP will be named in addition to the presentation of the championship and runner-up trophies.