WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's basketball team dropped a back-and-forth battle to fellow Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) and intrastate foe, the Albertus Magnus College (AMC) Falcons, 64-58, inside the O'Connell Center Tuesday night in exhibition action.
Three players scored in double figures for the Falcons, including freshman forward Natasha Rivera (Ansonia, Conn.), who logged a double-double (18 PTS, 12 REB). She also had a game-high five blocked shots. Freshman forward Jordan Ouellette (Bristol, Conn.) led the way for USJ with 13 points in 19 minutes of action off the bench on 6-of-11 shooting from the field. The Blue Jays led by two at the break, but the high-tempo play of the Falcons gave them the push they needed in the third quarter to take the lead. Back-and-forth action ensued into the final period, before AMC put together a 9-1 run midway through the fourth to pull out in front for good. The Blue Jays, who entered Tuesday's contest shooting just 5-of-30 from three-point land, shot 5-of-14 Tuesday night, but 26 turnovers gave too many extra opportunities to the visitors.
Score: Albertus Magnus 64, Saint Joseph 58
Location: O'Connell Athletic Center | West Hartford, Conn.
NUMBER TO KNOW
50 – The Falcons shot just 50% from the foul line (15-30 FT), including 8-of-17 in the fourth quarter, giving the Blue Jays a fighting chance. USJ simply ran out of time, cutting an 11-point lead to six before the final buzzer.
- AMC held the Blue Jays under 60 points. This is the third game in a row USJ has not eclipsed the 60-point-mark.
- The Blue Jays had a season-high 18 offensive rebounds, but just 10 second-chance points.
- Rivera scored 10 of her 18 in the third quarter, equaling the Blue Jays team total for the period.
The Blue Jays will face the Falcons once more in a rematch of Tuesday's battle, this time down in 'The Nest' in New Haven, Conn., on Thursday, March 18. Tipoff between the Blue Jays and Falcons is slated for 6:00 p.m.
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