The fifth-seeded College of St. Joseph Women's Basketball team faces No. 4 University of Maine at Augusta in the opening round of the YSCC Elite 8 Tournament on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. The tournament is being hosted by Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Maine.
The Lady Saints enter the tournament with an overall record of 11-12 and a conference record of 9-5. They currently rank thirteenth in the USCAA Power Rankings and fifteenth in the Week 9 Coaches Poll. The Saints have struggled down the stretch of the regular season, losing their last four games. They look to turn things around heading into the YSCC Tournament and hope to upset the UMA Moose in the first round.
It will not be an easy task, as the UMA Moose come into the Elite 8 with an overall record of 14-10 and a YSCC record of 10-4. They currently rank No. 4 in the USCAA Power Rankings and No. 7 in the Week 9 Coaches Poll. UMA is coming off a blowout victory against Unity College this past Sunday, in which they outscored Unity 74-23. They have been a solid team all year but seem to be playing even better heading into the conference tournament.CSJ and UMA met back on Jan. 22 and it was not the outcome CSJ was hoping for. The Moose took advantage of the Saints poor shooting and ended up winning the game 64-46. CSJ's achilles heel for that game and for a majority of this season was their inability to shoot the ball accurately. They shot just 25 percent from the field and went 0 for 5 from three-point range. They will need to shoot the ball much more efficiently and do it as a collective unit if they wish to get past the first round against UMA. The Saints will also have to try containing senior forward Jamie Plummer who has been a leader for the Moose all season. She scored 16 points and tallied 14 rebounds in their first meeting of the year and is capable of putting her team on her back. It the Saints can limit her success and force other players to beat them, they give themselves a fighting chance.