College of St. Joseph Women's Basketball hits the road for back-to-back games against Great Bay Community College Wednesday, Feb. 1, followed by NHTI Thursday. The Lady Saints enter the two game road trip in the midst of a three game winning streak. They have bounced back nicely after starting off the month of January with five straight losses.
CSJ has an overall record of 10-8 and a Yankee Small College Conference record of 8-4. They currently rank 13th in both the USCAA Week 7 Power Rankings and Coaches Poll. It is likely that the Lady Saints will move up in both rankings over the next week, as their last three games have yet to be calculated into the current standings.
The Herons have had a tough season so far and will be looking to catch the Lady Saints off guard. They enter Wednesday's match-up with an overall record of 4-15 and a YSCC record of 2-10. After winning their first game of the season against Unity College, they went on an eight-game losing streak to close out the month of November. They average a -25.8 point differential, which is among the worst in the USCAA.
The Lady Saints and the Herons first met back on Nov. 13. CSJ came away with a 82-31 landslide victory in large part due to a breakout performance by freshman forward Sabrina Llanes. She scored 20 points on 7-10 shooting from the field and 3-5 from three-point range. Although the Lady Saints won the first match-up with relative ease, they cannot afford to take the Herons lightly, as anything can happen going down the final stretch of the season.
The NHTI Lynx are heading into Thursday's match-up as arguably the hottest team in the USCAA. They have won their last nine games in-a-row, as well as coming out victorious in 16 out of their last 20 games played. The Lynx have an overall record of 19-6 and a YSCC record of 10-2. They have become a virtually unstoppable force since the beginning of 2017 and CSJ must be ready to compete, in order to give themselves a chance.
CSJ and NHTI met back on Dec. 7 just before the end of the first semester. Junior forward Alexius Brooks performed well, scoring 18 points and tallying 18 rebounds, but it was not enough to defeat the Lynx. NHTI won the game 86-67 with solid efforts from a number of their players. Shannon Hart scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Lynx. CSJ will look to limit her touches and force other players on the team to do more. This will be a great test for the Lady Saints, as the postseason quickly approaches.