WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Despite another marvelous Melicia Mendez performance off the bench, the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's basketball team could not hold off the Hawks of Becker College (BC), falling 56-41 inside the O'Connell Athletic Center Monday night.
The Blue Jays (2-7, 0-1 GNAC) have now lost five in a row, while the Hawks (5-3, 2-1 NECC) have won four of the last five games. Sophomore forward Melicia Mendez (Hartford, Conn.) carried Saint Joe's with a career-high 19 points, once again off the bench. The story of the night was on the Hawks side, as junior guard Cassidy Harrison (Foxborough, Mass.) needed 21 points to reach 1,000 career points. She scored 22 on 8-of-15 from the field, and 3-of-3 from the free throw line. Senior forward Adriana Dowdy (East Haven, Conn.) dominated inside, grabbing 18 rebounds, to go with her 10 points and four assists. The Blue Jays shot just 23% for the game (13-56), as the Hawks defense forced tough shots on nearly every possession.
The score of the game was not indicative of how hard USJ played though. They were not outscored by more than five points in any quarter, and trailed by just eight at the half, but they could not quite get over the hump as the Hawks continued to apply pressure. That pressure forced 25 USJ turnovers, good for 24 BC points.
After a three-point bomb from Mendez, USJ was within five, 32-27, midway through the third quarter. That would be the closest they would get, as the Hawks closed the quarter on a 12-4 run, and held on in the fourth.
Saint Joe's is headed to Bard College (N.Y.) this Wednesday, December 5th, at 7:00 p.m. Becker is headed home for a matchup with Framingham State (Mass.) Tuesday, December 4th, at 5:30 p.m.