WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) women's basketball team kept knocking on the door, but couldn't quite get over the hump, falling to a tall and talented Connecticut College (CC) Camels team, 56-44, inside the O'Connell Center Saturday morning in an exhibition contest.
Junior guard Emily Tripp (Westport, Mass.) led the way for the Camels with a double-double (19 PTS, 10 REB) on an impressive 7-for-11 from the field. She also had three assists and two steals. Sophomore guard Amanda Fudge (Middletown, Conn.) was the high-scorer for the Blue Jays, dropping 11 points and grabbing four boards. The Camels led pretty much throughout, capitalizing on crisp ball movement against the 2-3 zone of USJ. USJ had a few runs in them, cutting the gap to single digits, but each time, the Camels stayed disciplined, and either crashed the glass for a big putback, or hit a timely three to stay afloat.
Score: Connecticut College 56, Saint Joseph 44
Location: O'Connell Athletic Center | West Hartford, Conn.
COACH QUOTE [Wendy Davis on today's effort]
"That [Conn. College] team is a very good basketball team. We were within eight to 12 points pretty much the whole game. Honestly, for us, I think that is pretty good. 44 points though is not enough to win a basketball game. We need to find a way to get our scorers going."
NUMBER TO KNOW
1 – The Blue Jays made just one three-pointer (1-10 3FG) to seven for the Camels (7-21 3FG). Timely threes were the name of the game for CC, particularly in the second half.
- The Camels outscored the Blue Jays 16-9 in the second quarter to take a 12-point halftime lead.
- USJ shot a season-best 11-of-13 from the foul line.
- CC had 14 assists on 19 made baskets.
- USJ grabbed a season-high 15 offensive rebounds.
The Blue Jays will be back in the OC on Tuesday night, March 16th, when they host intrastate fellow Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) rival, Albertus Magnus College. Tipoff between the Blue Jays and Falcons is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
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