NEW LONDON, Conn. — The winning streak ends at two for the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's basketball team, who were outscored 48-24 in the second and third quarters by Mitchell College (MC), and ultimately fell, 70-46, inside the Yarnall Athletic Center Tuesday night in non-conference action.
Freshman forward Alexis Perrone (Frankfort, N.Y.) backed up one good performance with another despite the loss, scoring a team-high 11 points in 30 minutes off the bench on 5-of-7 shooting. She had the Blue Jays only three of the game (1-11). Freshman forward Meredith Forman (Bristol, Conn) added seven points on 3-for-4 from the field and three rebounds. Sophomore forward Amina Wiley (New Rochelle, N.Y.) had a monster game for MC: 16 points (7-13 FG), 13 rebounds and three steals. Senior guard Kelsey Hernandez (New Britain, Conn.) dropped a game-high 18, including 2-for-5 from downtown. The Mariners were plus 13 in the second quarter to take a commanding 16-point halftime lead. The Blue Jays could not make a miracle happen this time, as the lead ballooned to 27 heading to the fourth.
Score: Saint Joseph 46, Mitchell 70
Records: USJ (4-3), MC (2-3)
Location: Yarnall Athletic Center – New London, Conn.
- The Blue Jays hung around in the first quarter thanks to five quick points from Perrone, including the team's only three. USJ trailed, 11-8 after one.
- The Mariners suddenly caught fire, opening the quarter on a 9-0 run, and ending it on a 12-3 run. Seven players combined for 28 second-quarter points for MC, good enough for a 39-23 halftime lead.
- The Blue Jays were fresh off a 19-point third-quarter comeback, but this time it was too much to handle, as the Mariners outscored USJ 20-9 in the third. Wiley scored seven of her 16 in the quarter, putting the game away with still a period to play.
NUMBER TO KNOW
23 – The Blue Jays are shooting just 23% from three on the season (20-86), second-lowest in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). Perrone is 6-for-13 (46%), while the rest of the team is at 14-for-73 (19%).
- Mitchell turned 23 USJ turnovers into 26 points. Saint Joseph only turned 21 MC turnovers into eight points.
- Mitchell shot an impressive 51% from the floor (27-53) and 43% from deep (6-14), both a season-high.
- 25 of the Blue Jays' 46 points came off the bench.
The Blue Jays will look to bounce back as they complete a two-game road trip on Tuesday, December 2 against Becker College. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Leicester Gymnasium.
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