WESTON, Mass. – The University of Saint Joseph fell to the Regis (Mass.) College Pride, 67-44, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's basketball contest on the road Tuesday night at Higgins Court. Senior Rajeen Mayo (Middletown, Conn.) led the Blue Jays on the night with a team-high 13 points and three assists.
Score: University of Saint Joseph – 44, Regis (Mass.) College – 67
Records: USJ (7-8, 2-5 GNAC), RC (10-7, 8-1 GNAC)
Location: Weston, Mass. – Higgins Court
Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Neither team was able to muster much offense in the first quarter, which came to an end with the Pride ahead by a score of 11-10. The teams made only four field goals each in the opening period, with USJ senior Kayla Guest (Newington, Conn.) leading all scorers with six points.
- The Pride began pulling away in the second quarter, outscoring the Blue Jays by a margin of 21-8 while shooting 53.3 percent (8-for-15) from the floor, to take a 32-18 lead into the halftime break.
- At the half, senior Brittany Stone (West Bridgewater, Mass.) was the game's leading scorer with 10 points, followed closely by teammates Sam D'Angelo (Woburn, Mass.) and Shannon Hayes (Billerica, Mass.) with nine each.
- The Blue Jays trimmed the halftime deficit to 10 (32-22) after opening the third quarter with back-to-back buckets from freshmen Shaniyah Williams (New Britain, Conn) and Raelynn Voislow (Windsor Locks, Conn.).
- USJ would then get within 36-27 following a mini 5-0 spurt capped by a Voislow three-ball with 6:39 remaining in the period, but that would be as close as they would get for the remainder of the game as the Pride answered with an 8-0 run to separate from the Blue Jays.
- Regis took a 53-31 advantage into the fourth and final quarter and maintained a steady lead over the final 10 minutes to walk away with the 67-44 final decision.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Mayo led the Blue Jays with a team-high 13 points and added five rebounds and three assists to her stat line. Voislow and Guest each finished with eight points apiece, while Guest pulled down a team-best seven boards.
- Stone and D'Angelo both posted double-doubles for the Pride with Hayes finishing one rebound shy.
- Stone led the way with 26 points on 11-for-18 shooting and 13 rebounds to lead all players on the night in both categories. D'Angelo's double-double came on 16 points and 11 boards, while Hayes recorded 13 points and nine rebounds.
- The Pride excelled down low outscoring the Blue Jays 40-22 in points in the paint and held a 58-42 advantage on the glass.
The USJ women's basketball team will look to bounce back when they return to the hardwood next on Thursday, Jan. 25 at home against Norwich. The GNAC tilt is slated for tip-off at 5:30 p.m.