BOSTON, Mass. – Senior forward Kayla Guest (Newington, Conn.) poured in a career-high 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to post her career-best seventh double-double of the season, but the University of Saint Joseph was nipped by the Simmons College Sharks, 70-57, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's basketball contest on the road Tuesday evening at Moore Gymnasium inside the Holmes Sports Center.
Score: University of Saint Joseph – 57, Simmons College – 70
Records: USJ (8-15, 3-12 GNAC), SC (3-18, 3-12 GNAC)
Location: Boston, Mass. – Moore Gymnasium
Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Sharks owned a 45-40 lead at the end of three quarters, but the Blue Jays reeled off six unanswered points to begin the final period, including four free throws from Guest, to take a 46-45 edge with 7:56 left in the game.
- It was the visitors' last lead of the night though as Simmons countered with seven straight points, capped by a three-pointer from junior guard Francesca Corsinetti (Johnston, R.I.), to take a 52-46 margin with 5:41 showing on the fourth quarter clock.
- Guest later knocked down a jumper in the paint to keep Saint Joseph within five (57-52), but an 8-1 run, paced by four points from junior forward Lauren Brandau (Madison, Conn.), gave the Sharks a 65-53 cushion with 91 seconds left in the contest.
- Senior Forward Presley Silva (Wilmington, Mass.) later banked in a three-pointer with seven ticks left on the clock to close out the game and give the home team a 70-57 victory.
- Simmons scored 12 of the game's first 14 points in the opening quarter as part of an 18-6 run, fueled by a pair of trifectas from freshman guard Carli Koffinke (Franklin, Mass.) and five points from Silva.
- Senior guard Rajeen Mayo (Middletown, Conn.) knocked down a three-pointer with 1:08 remaining in the first period to pull the Blue Jays to within 18-9 at the close of the first quarter.
- The trey sparked momentum that extended into the second quarter as the Blue Jays reeled off 11 unanswered points, including nine from Mayo, to give them a 20-18 lead with 5:53 left in the second quarter.
- Silva later hit a jumper for the final points before halftime to give the Sharks a 27-26 lead with 27 seconds left before the end of the quarter.
- Guest later drained her only three-ball of the night to knot the tilt at 31-31 for the Blue Jays with 7:30 to play in the third period.
- Corsinetti answered with a pair of three-pointers to give Simmons a 37-31 margin at the 5:53 mark and the Sharks maintained their lead at 45-40 to end the quarter and set up the fourth quarter rally.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Guest led all scorers with a career-high 32 points, including a perfect 11-11 from the free throw line and added 10 rebounds, three assists, and three steals to lead the Blue Jays.
- Mayo scored 15 points, grabbed six rebounds, handed out four assists and came up with a pair of steals for USJ.
- Silva posted a monster double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds and became the school's career steals leader in the final home game of her career to lead Simmons.
- Simmons dominated the glass, owning a 47-31 rebounding advantage, and shot 41.5% (22-53) from the floor while holding Saint Joseph to 30.5% (18-59).
- Silva matched her career high for rebounds and came up with seven steals to give her 177 for her career to move past Lauren Kreckie's (2006-09) former mark of 174. She also tied her personal-best total with seven blocked shots and added three assists for the Sharks.
- Corsinetti netted a season-high 17 points on 5-6 shooting from the floor, including 4-5 from three-point range to go with two rebounds, a steal, and an assist in 24 minutes off the bench.
- Koffinke chipped in with 11 points, three boards, and two assists, while Brandau contributed with eight points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a pair of blocks.
The University of Saint Joseph women's basketball team next heads to Chicopee, Mass. on Thursday, Feb. 15 to take on Elms College for a 7 p.m. tip-off, while the Sharks close out the 2017-18 campaign on Saturday, Feb. 17 when they travel to New Haven, Conn. to take on GNAC foe Albertus Magnus College at 1 p.m.