College of St. Joseph's women's basketball team defeated New Hampshire Technical Institute 81-69 on Friday, Dec. 7 and fell to the University of Maine-Fort Kent (UMFK) 75-34 on Saturday, Dec. 8.
The Fighting Saints got back on the winning track on Friday against NHTI with the help of 43 percent shooting from the field. Sophomore point guard Madison Akins nearly recorded a triple-double, she posted 13 assists, 9 points and 9 rebounds in the victory.
CSJ built a 17-6 lead after the first quarter and carried that momentum throughout the contest. Daija Black had six points in the first frame. The Lynx did not outscore the Saints in any quarter, with the closest being a 23-21 third quarter.
CSJ also had stand-out performances by sophomores Sabrena Eye and Rachel Bruneel. Eye finished with a game-high 23 points and six rebounds. Bruneel scored a career-high 22 points and had seven rebounds and one steal. Melissa Martel led the Lynx with 23 points, six assists and three rebounds.
CSJ outrebounded NHTI 60-31 and edged the Lynx in second chance points 17-6. The Saints improved to 3-9 with the victory. The Lynx dropped to 5-4 with the loss.
On Saturday, the Saints fell to 3-10 with a loss to UMFK. The Bengals improved to 7-1 on the season. UMFK utilized their size and aggressive defense to cause CSJ to struggle to make shots. The Saints made just one 3-pointer throughout the contest and shot 23 percent from the field as a team.
Four players on the Bengals squad scored double figures. Tajaheray McMahan scored a game-high 25 points and had seven steals. Trinity Washington recorded a quadruple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.
NaKeeya Goodman-Boddie led the Fighting Saints on the boards with nine rebounds and had three steals, four points and one assist. Daija Black had a team-high nine points and five rebounds. Crisalida Chaplin finished with seven rebounds, five points, one assist and one steal. Rachel Bruneel and Jayla Latham recorded six rebounds apiece.
CSJ will play their next game after the winter recess on Jan. 5 at home against SUNY Delhi (5pm).