WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's basketball team had no answers for the all-around play of Albertus Magnus College (AMC), who led from start to finish, winning 86-65, inside the O'Connell Center Tuesday afternoon.
The Blue Jays (3-19, 0-9 GNAC) have lost five straight, while the Falcons (19-3, 7-2 GNAC) have made it six of their last seven. Junior guard Shyla Osmond (New Haven, Conn.) was lights out on both ends, leading the Falcons with 26 points (10-15 FG), seven rebounds and five assists. Freshman forward Cheyenne-Mone Smith (Wethersfield, Conn.) had a career-high 28 points (12-18 FG) and 12 rebounds, good for her second double-double of the season, carrying the load offensively, converting often in transition.
AMC took a 27-8 lead in a hurry, as Osmond scored inside and out. When she wasn't drilling jumpers, she was dishing dimes to open teammates, like senior guard Kristin Cunning (Hoboken, N.J.), who nailed a three-pointer in the first. USJ struggled to stop them in their 2-3 zone, just a little bit late to close out on the perimeter. The Falcons held serve, 32-13 after one.
The Blue Jays did a nice job of responding, as offensive play from freshman forward Lindsey Montminy (Vernon, Conn.), sophomore guard Anna Chevarella (Derby, Conn.) and Smith trimmed the gap to 14, 33-19, with 6:45 left in the second.
Albertus Magnus answered right back with a 17-9 run to finish the half, as their twin towers in junior center Rah Rah Thompson (Bridgeport, Conn.) and sophomore center Andreah Orr (Danbury, Conn.) ruled the paint, scoring at will, while also cleaning up the glass. USJ trailed 50-28 at the half.
The Blue Jays were unable to do too much more with the gap. Too many turnovers gave the Falcons plenty of chances to keep in front, even when the Blue Jays trimmed the lead down. At least four or five times, the lead went down to 17 points thanks to the never give up attitude Saint Joe's has, but they could get no closer, as the Falcons controlled the pace, forcing USJ into 26 turnovers (twice as many as AMC), and made eight threes on the night.
USJ will play their second of a four-game homestand to end the season on Saturday, February 9, against Emmanuel (MA), in the 'Pink Game' at 1:00 p.m., inside the O'Connell Center, on the campus of USJ. Albertus Magnus will also play on Saturday at 1, as they travel to Regis (MA).