NORTHFIELD, VT—The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's basketball team was outmatched by a very disciplined, and unselfish Norwich University (NU) team, falling 75-53, inside Andrews Hall Saturday afternoon.
The Blue Jays (2-14, 0-4 GNAC) have allowed 70 points or more in each of the last four games, while the Cadets (7-10, 2-3 GNAC) snap a three-game losing streak. Senior guard Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) scored a game-high 14 points, to go along with five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Senior forward Vanessa Fleury (Lebanon, N.H.) finished with a double-double (12 PTS, 11 REB). Freshman guard Cheyenne-Mone Smith (Wethersfield, Conn.) led USJ with 13 points and four rebounds. Freshman guard Lindsey Montminy (Vernon, Conn.) reached double figures with 12. The Cadets assisted on an astounding 24 of their 26 shots, and were plus 12 in the paint.
NU took control very early on, as eight players scored in the first quarter alone, and as a team, the Cadets shot 9-for-10 from the line. NU held an 11-4 lead within minutes, and maintained the lead after one, 20-8.
It seemed that every time the Blue Jays would break free for a big bucket, the Cadets would answer back with two or three of their own. Freshman guard Devona Kinsey (New Britain, Conn.) drilled a three to keep the gap at 13, 26-13 with 6:42 left in the second quarter. Just a minute later, the Cadets had already responded with back-to-back threes, these two by Oliver. Just like that, the lead was pushed to 19. The Cadets stayed consistent, and took a 43-24 lead into the half.
The Blue Jays came out with two quality possessions. Smith got to the foul line, converting one of two, and Montminy nailed a jumper on an assist from sophomore forward Shaniyah Williams (New Britain, Conn.). Just like the first two quarters though, there was always an answer, as the lead was pushed back to 21 at 53-32, midway through the quarter. The Blue Jays never gave up that massive 14-0 or 20-4 run in the first three quarters. The Cadets simply made shots at the right time to keep the gap consistent for long stretches of the game. Still, the Blue Jays fought hard; a layup by Smith cut the gap back to 19 to end an even third quarter, 59-40.
The unselfish play of the Cadets continued into the fourth quarter, finally breaking free for a big run. A 16-6 run put the game away for good, as 11 players scored for NU by game's end.
USJ is officially halfway done with their longest stint away from home all year (six games). Their fourth of six away will be on Monday, January 21 at John Jay (NY), beginning at 5:00 p.m. Norwich will play at Emmanuel (MA) on Thursday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m.