College of St. Joseph Women's Basketball suffered their first loss of the season against Central Maine Community College with a final score of 82-62 on Sunday, Nov. 27. The loss drops their record to 4-1 overall on the season. The victory for Central Maine increases their overall record to a perfect 10-0, good enough for first place in the USCAA Women's Basketball Division II standings.
The Lady Saints were led by reigning USCAA and YSCC Player of the Week freshmen Jacobie Maupin-Alexander. She scored a game-high 19 points and also pulled down six rebounds. Junior Alexius Brooks also had a solid game for CSJ. She dominated the glass, fighting for a game-high 18 rebounds and making two blocks on the defensive side of the ball. Brooks added eight points and two steals as well, showing off her ability to affect the game in a number of ways.
The achilles heel for the Lady Saints was their turnovers and Central Maine's ability to score off those turnovers. CSJ had 11 turnovers in just the first quarter, helping the Mustangs get off to a 19-10 lead after one period of play. The Lady Saints were never able to recover, eventually turning the ball over a staggering 37 times, which lead to 35 points for Central Maine.
It was a well-rounded effort for the Mustangs, with 10 different players putting points on the boxscore, including three players reaching double-digit scoring figures. Sophomore Brooke Reynolds led Central Maine with a team-high 15 points and 10 rebounds. She was also a terror on the defensive side of the ball, coming up with a game-high five steals.
Although the Lady Saints lost the game, they still have a few things to hang their hat on. They out-rebounded and scored more points in the paint than the Mustangs. CSJ also missed 16 free throws throughout the game, going an abysmal 15 of 31 from the charity stripe. If they could have made a few more of those, they would have kept the game much closer and may have been within striking distance towards the end of the game.
The Lady Saints will be back in action when they travel to SUNY Delhi to take on the Broncos Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.