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Basketball Edged by Mount Ida Thursday Night, 70-62

Basketball Edged by Mount Ida Thursday Night, 70-62

NEWTON, Mass. – Senior Kayla Guest (Newington, Conn.) recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds, but a fourth-quarter fury by the Mount Ida College Mustangs propelled them past the University of Saint Joseph, 70-62, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference women's basketball contest inside the Athletic Center on Thursday night. 

THE BASICS
Score: University of Saint Joseph – 62, Mount Ida College – 70
Records: USJ (8-11, 3-8 GNAC), MIC (12-8, 5-6 GNAC)
Location: Newton, Mass. – Athletic Center
Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The host Mustangs trailed the visiting Blue Jays by a 53-47 margin heading into the final 10 minutes of action, but Mount Ida used a 10-2 run over the first 5:33 of the frame to grab a 57-55 lead on two made free throws from sophomore Valerie Martin (Derry, N.H.) with 4:27 remaining.
  • Saint Joseph answered by scoring seven of the game's next 12 points to take a 62-60 edge on junior Kenya Anselme's (Hartford, Conn.) three-pointer with 1:42 left.
  • Martin forged the game's 14th and final tie of the night with a lay-in 18 seconds later and then a steal and lay-in by senior Imani Bumpus (Dedham, Mass.) gave the hosts the lead for good with 41 seconds to play in regulation.
  • The Mustangs scored the final eight points of the contest and iced their triumph with six combined free throws from Martin and senior Breanna Muir (Wareham, Mass.), as Mount Ida improved to a perfect 9-0 on its home floor this season.
  • Mount Ida held a slight, 37-36, edge at the halftime break, but saw the Blue Jays use a 17-10 third-quarter scoring advantage to take their six-point edge into the final stanza.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Guest recorded her sixth double-double of the 2017-18 season finishing with 23 points, 11 rebounds and a game-high six steals in the setback for USJ.
  • Classmate Rajeen Mayo (Middletown, Conn.) added 11 points and four assists, while junior Diamond Wallen (Hartford, Conn.), along with freshmen Anna Chevarella (Derby, Conn.) and Melicia Mendez (Hartford, Conn.), each had six points for the Blue Jays.
  • Ansleme chipped in with five points, while freshman Shaniyah Williams (New Britain, Conn.) grabbed nine boards.
  • The visitors shot 34.8 percent (24-69) from the floor overall and connected on 37.5 percent (6-16) of their attempts from beyond the arc.
  • Saint Joseph held a slim 40-39 overall rebounding advantage on the evening that included a 16-9 edge on the offensive glass.
  • Martin led the way for Mount Ida notching a double-double with a game-high 24 points and game-high 15 rebounds to go with four assists.
  • Muir added 19 points, including four three-pointers, and a pair of assists in the win for the Mustangs.
  • Senior Jaime Moscato (Taunton, Mass.) added nine points, four rebounds, and four steals, while sophomore Alisa Benson (Middletown, R.I.) poured in eight points and grabbed five boards off the bench.
  • Bumpus chipped in with six points, seven caroms, three steals and a pair of assists for the hosts, who also received three rebounds from senior Patricia Liotta (Hampton Bays, N.Y.).
  • The Mustangs shot 41.5 percent (22-53) from the field and held a 21-8 scoring advantage from the foul line in the contest, as Martin and Muir combined for 18 of those points from the charity stripe.

UP NEXT
The University of Saint Joseph women's basketball team is back on the hardwood next when it entertains Saint Joseph's (Maine) in a GNAC clash on Saturday afternoon in West Hartford, Conn. that begins at 1 p.m. Mount Ida hosts Suffolk in a GNAC outing on Saturday afternoon at the Athletic Center that also tips-off at 1 p.m.