WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's basketball team left it all on the floor, but could not overcome the size and steady stream of scoring by the Colby-Sawyer College (CSC) Chargers, losing 62-43, in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) season finale in the O'Connell Center Saturday, as part of Alumni Day and the Hoops for Hounds Initiative.
Money was raised Saturday for the Connecticut Humane Society as part of the Hoops for Hounds Initiative. The women's basketball team collected canned goods for animals in need, and sold t-shirts to raise additional funds. USJ alumni in attendance, watching on usjbluejays.com at home, or simply out and about enjoying their weekends were also recognized Saturday with an honorary round of applause during the afternoon's contests.
Junior guard Anna Chevarella (Derby, Conn.) was the only Blue Jay in double-figures, finishing with 11 (4-9 FG). The Chargers benefited from another dominant performance from their six-foot one senior-center, Tiana Sugars (Oxford, Maine), who entered the contest in the top-five in the conference in scoring and rebounding. She finished with game-high 16 points and 14 rebounds. CSC turned defense into offense in an unselfish way, assisting on 18 of 22 field goals, many on the break, which eventually wore USJ down.
Score: Saint Joseph 43, Colby-Sawyer 62
Records: USJ (11-14, 3-8 GNAC) CSC (18-7, 7-4 GNAC)
Location: O'Connell Athletic Center | West Hartford, Conn.
COACH QUOTE [Wendy Davis]
"We did everything we possibly could to win this game. We were down a few players to injury, so we just had to play some junk defenses and get all we could. It didn't happen, but I am super excited about my team, how they played, and I am really excited about next year already."
- The Chargers scored the first six points of the game, and opened up a 16-9 lead after one. Five different players scored in the opening period for CSC.
- The Blue Jays put up their highest scoring quarter of the game, and at points of the period, it felt like a big run was coming to get back in the game. Each time the Blue Jays cut it to six or seven though, it was countered by a quick transition bucket or a play in the paint. Colby-Sawyer managed to outscore USJ, leading by 10 at the break, 35-25.
- Both teams went cold in the third quarter, but the Chargers still had the lead. They opened the fourth on an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach, started by a pair of three pointers, and capped by a pair of free-throws from Sugars.
NUMBER TO KNOW
11 – The Blue Jays finished the 2019-2020 season with 11 wins (11-14), nearly quadruple the win total from last season (3-22), finishing just shy of playoff birth in head coach Wendy Davis' second season at the helm.
- CSC had the edge in points in the paint (22-12), points off turnovers (21-11), and assists (18-9).
- The Blue Jays never led despite remaining in the game, down five to nine points throughout the contest until the fourth quarter.
- The Chargers were an efficient 12-of-16 from the foul line (75%). USJ got there as many times, but struggled to put it in (9-17, 53%).
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