WEST HARTFORD, Conn.— The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's basketball team matched the play of Lasell College (LC) for three quarters, but it was the second quarter that put them in a hole, one that they could not get out of in the end, losing 75-62, inside the O'Connell Center Wednesday night.
The Blue Jays (3-21, 0-11 GNAC) have lost seven straight, while the Lasers (7-16, 2-9 GNAC) have won two of their last three. Graduate Student Breanna Muir (Wareham, Mass.) recorded a double-double (17 PTS, 10 REBS, 6 ASSTS, 3 STLS), while sophomore guard Peyton Young (Douglas, Mass.) scored a game-high 18 points on an efficient 7-for-12 from the field. Freshman forward Cheyenne-Mone Smith finished two points shy of a 20-20 game, and two steals shy of a triple-double (18 PTS, 20 REBS, 8 STLS). Freshman guard Silvana Barcomb (Middletown, Conn.) added in 17.
The Blue Jays won the rebound margain 52-40, but had 28 turnovers, tied for the second most this season. The Lasers also shot 46% from three on the night (11-24), which ultimately made the difference.
USJ led 17-16 at the end of the first quarter, finishing the quarter on a 12-4 run. Sophomore guard Anna Chevarella (Derby, Conn.) scored a quick five points, while Barcomb and Smith carried the rest.
The Blue Jays held serve in the first minute of the quarter, taking a 20-19 lead on a Barcomb bomb from deep. The Lasers then took total control, scoring 12 straight points over the next three minutes, as five different players scored, including junior guard and three-point threat D'Asia Allen (Providence, R.I.), who scored a much-needed 14 points off the bench overall (all of her shots were from three-point range). Allen sank a cold-blooded three with one second left in the quarter to push the lead to 10, 40-30 at the half. Muir and Young both made critical shots in the run as well.
The three-point shot was key in keeping the Lasers in front. The Blue Jays, despite making plenty of shots in the quarter, could not get a run going to chip away. Both teams split the third, as Allen, Muir and Young all scored for LC, while Barcomb and Smith continued to contribute on the offensive end. The Lasers led after three, 56-46, maintaining a double-digit lead for nearly the entire 10 minutes.
LC had an answer for every basket in the fourth, as Smith and sophomore point guard Raelynn Voislow (Windsor Locks, Conn.) led the offensive charge. It just wasn't enough, as the Blue Jays were unable to get stops down the stretch to cut into the lead, despite nearly matching LC overall in the other three quarters. Young and Allen blossomed the lead to 14, 67-53 midway through the period. It was a matter of playing even the rest of the way.
USJ will close out the season at home against Regis (MA) on Saturday, February 16 at 3:30 p.m. Lasell also plays Saturday, as they travel to St. Joseph's (ME) for a matchup at 1:00 p.m.