College of St. Joseph's women's basketball team lost on the road 88-49 at Fisher College on Wednesday, Nov. 28.
A slow first quarter and rough fourth plagued CSJ in the loss. Fisher stormed out to a 12-0 lead after five minutes of play. Daija Black made a 3-pointer to get CSJ on the board with 5:16 remaining in the first quarter. The Falcons responded with 10 straight points, with the help of 3-pointers by Piper Mali and Shaniah Hazard.
The Fighting Saints took a timeout and after the break, Rachel Bruneel drove to the basket and drew a foul. She made both free throws. The Falcons missed a shot on their next possession, while Bruneel converted against for CSJ with a 3-pointer off a NaKeeya Goodman-Boddie pass. Jayla Latham made a jumper for CSJ in the final 30 seconds and the quarter ended with Fisher leading 28-10.
Latham scored the next three points of the game off a layup and free throw in the first 20 seconds of the second quarter. Jenny-Lynn Eggers fouled Latham while she was in the act of shooting. Hazard responded with a layup for the Falcons before Goodman-Boddie netted her first jump shot of the game. O'Neal and Kellie Gaston then scored layups for the Falcons to make the game 34-15.
CSJ seemed to be warmed up by the second quarter, as they scored 19 points to the Falcons' 22. LaShaunte White had two 3-pointers in the second frame. The Saints competed in the third quarter, as well, putting up 18 points to Fisher's 20. In the fourth, Black hit a jumper to open the quarter, and CSJ would not score again for the remainder of the contest. They were outscored 18-2 in the final frame.
The Falcons shot 43 percent from the field, 39 percent from three and 78 percent from the foul line to earn the victory. CSJ struggled to get shots to fall, posting 25 percent shooting from the field and 22 percent from the 3-point line. Six players reached double digit scoring for the Falcons, led by Vivian Lara with 19 points and Misha O'Neal with 18.
Black led the Fighting Saints in scoring with 12 points. She also had six rebounds, two steals and an assist. Latham and White each had eight points.Goodman-Boddie recorded seven points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals and Sabrena Eye also had seven points.
CSJ plays next on Friday, Nov. 30 when they host Davis College at 5pm at Mill River Union High School, which is located at 2321 Middle Road, in North Clarendon, Vt.