College of St. Joseph Women's Basketball was defeated by top-ranked Southern Maine Community College 83-52 on Saturday, Jan. 14. The Lady Saints played with effort but shot only 33.3 percent from the field, giving them virtually no chance to contend with the rock solid SMCC SeaWolves.
Freshman point-guard NaKeeya Goodman-Boddie led the way for CSJ, scoring 13 points and pulling down a team-high eight rebounds. She also led the team in assists, tallying four total throughout the game. Her one issue was at times trying to do too much, which led to five turnovers.
Senior forward Imani Stephenson also had a solid performance for the Lady Saints. She scored 13 points and secured six rebounds coming off the bench. She shot the ball with confidence and ended going 50 percent from the floor.
One of the main problems for CSJ was their inability to stop SMCC's offensive attack throughout the majority of the game. The SeaWolves were able to shoot 52.5 percent from the field and a staggering 63.6 percent from three-point range. They were led by freshman guard Alicia Ruth, who made seven three-pointers on just eight attempts and ended up with a game-high 22 points.
Other than the large shooting discrepancy, CSJ held their own against SMCC. The Lady Saints had just four less rebounds than the SeaWolves and only one more turnover. SMCC was able to accumulate twice the assists as CSJ's, but that was also mostly due to the stellar shooting display put on by the SeaWolves.
The Lady Saints play their next game at Fisher College on Jan. 19 at 5 p.m.