NEW LONDON, N.H. - The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's basketball team fell to the Colby-Sawyer College (CSC) Chargers, 70-49, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) contest inside the David L. Coffin Field House on Tuesday evening.
The Blue Jays (2-12, 0-2 GNAC) have now lost 10 straight games after the solid 2-2 start. The Chargers move to 9-4 on the year and 1-0 in the GNAC. Teamwork was on display Tuesday night as all five Charger starters scored nine or more points, led by junior guard Kristen Donaghey (Franklin, Mass.), who finished with a double-double (15 PTS, 10 REBS). Junior guard and captain Lexie Hamilton (Sunapee, N.H.) was phenomenal all-around with 13 points, 13 assists, six steals and four rebounds. Freshman guard Silvana Barcomb (Middletown, Conn.) once again carried the Blue Jays with extra effort off the bench, scoring a team-high 14 points.
USJ got into trouble early, shooting just 3-for-14 from the field, and turning the ball over seven times. Saint Joe's could only score six points on the Charger defense, while junior center and captain Tianna Sugars (Oxford, Maine) scored six early points of her own. The Blue Jays trailed 15-6 after one.
Saint Joe's was not done, in fact they battled back to trim the lead to seven, 33-26 at the half. They did it by making eight out of 12 shots from the floor, including two threes from sophomore point guard Raelynn Voislow (Windsor Locks, Conn.).
Despite 10 second-half points from Barcomb, the Blue Jays ran out of steam, as the speed and strength of the Chargers wore the starters down. CSC outrebounded USJ 13-6 in the quarter, and took a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter, 49-37.
CSC kept their feet on the gas pedal throughout the fourth quarter, with six players scoring in the period alone, good for seven baskets on five assists. The Chargers pulled away for good and took home the victory, outscoring the Blue Jays by 16 in the paint.
USJ will be back in action on Saturday, January 12 in another GNAC battle at Saint Joseph's (Me.) beginning at 1:00 p.m. Colby-Sawyer next plays on Thursday, January 8 in a GNAC contest at Johnson & Wales with tip-off slated for 5:30 p.m.