NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Freshman Shaniyah Williams (New Britain, Conn.) exploded for a career-high 20 points, but it wasn't enough as the University of Saint Joseph was handed an 84-63 loss by the Albertus Magnus Falcons in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's basketball contest inside the Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center on Tuesday night. Williams shot a career-best from the field hitting on 7-of-14 attempts, including 4-of-7 tries from beyond the arc to lead USJ.
Score: University of Saint Joseph - 63, Albertus Magnus College - 84
Records: USJ (7-6, 2-3 GNAC), AMC (10-4, 4-2 GNAC)
Location: New Haven, Conn. - Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center
Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
HOW IT HAPPENED
- A pair of double-doubles from senior Olivia Bolden (South Windsor, Conn.) and junior Kiki Epps (Norwalk, Conn.) would power the Falcons to victory.
- Albertus Magnus jumped out to an early 28-17 advantage after the first quarter and then closed out the final 10 minutes of the first half with a 19-point lead, 49-30.
- A 16-2 run over the second half of the opening quarter helped the hosts get out to the early advantage and they would never look back in a wire-to-wire victory.
- A 6-0 run to start the second period built the AMC lead to 35-17 before senior Kayla Guest (Newington, Conn.) drained a three to halt the spurt.
- A pair of three's from the Falcons' Jill Johnson (North Haven, Conn.) wrapped around Williams' second triple of the half extended AMC's lead to as big as 49-28 in the first half.
- In the third quarter, both teams registered 16-points apiece, but the Falcons would remain on top, 65-46, heading into the fourth and final quarter.
- USJ would trim the deficit to 15 (73-58) after a Guest layup with 5:28 left to play in regulation, but that would be as close as they would get for the remainder of the contest as Albertus Magnus tightened up en route to the 84-63 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Three players finished in double figures for the Blue Jays led by a career-high 20 points from Williams, while Guest added 14 and freshman Raelynn Voislow (Windsor Locks, Conn.) chipped in with 10.
- Willams was also the leading rebounder for USJ finishing with eight boards and Voislow pulled down seven.
- The Falcons had four players post double-digit points on the evening led by 21 from Bolden and Johnson apiece.
- Epps and Kirsten Cunning (Hoboken, N.J.) joined with 15 and 12, respectively.
- 11 rebounds from Bolden and 10 from Epps accounted for the duo's double-double's in the victory.
- USJ shot 30.3% (20-66) from the field, 27.8% (5-18) from three, and 75.0% (18-24) from the line.
- AMC connected for 47.1% (32-68) from the field, 31.8% (7-22) from three, and 59.1% (13-22) from the charity stripe.
- The Falcons dominated down low outscoring the Blue Jays, 46-22, in points in the paint and held a 51-37 rebounding advantage.
- Freshman Raegon Shirling-Davis (Waterbury, Conn.) facilitated the Falcons' offense with a game-high nine assists and also grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
The USJ women's basketball team will look to bounce back when they return to action next in a 1 p.m. GNAC contest at home against Emmanuel on Saturday. Albertus Magnus next plays on Thursday against Emmanuel at 7 p.m.