College of St. Joseph Women's Basketball came up short against the Villa Maria Vikings with a final score of 66-57 on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The Lady Saints were neck and neck with the Vikings throughout the entire game, but Villa Maria was able to make all the plays down the stretch to ensure the victory.
CSJ was led by junior forward Alexius Brooks, who came off the bench to score a team-high 13 points, while pulling down 23 rebounds. She was masterful on the glass, outworking the Vikings and fighting for position every time the ball was shot. Brooks also created many opportunities for second chance points, grabbing an impressive 13 offensive rebounds. She currently ranks second in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association in rebounds per game at 13.7.
The Lady Saints played a solid game defensively but were unable to hold down Villa Maria's sophomore forward Shaquana Owens in the second half. Owens had a subpar first half but exploded in the third quarter, scoring 15 of the Vikings 19 points. She shot 6 for 7 from the field and made all three of her attempted three-pointers in the third period alone. Owens ended up with a game-high 25 points and was the main reason for the Vikings success.
CSJ crushed Villa Maria on the boards for the entirety of the game, pulling down 70 rebounds compared to just 42 for the Vikings. The issue for the Lady Saints in this game and in previous losses was their inefficient shooting from the field. They shot just 25.3 percent, marking their worst shooting performance of the season. That partly explains the fact they had 23 second chance points compared to just two for the Vikings.
The Lady Saints are now 7-4 overall and 5-2 in the Yankee Small College Conference. For their next contest, CSJ will be traveling to Southern Maine Community College on Saturday, Jan. 14 to take on the Seawolves at 1 p.m.