CSJ’s playoff push continues with convincing win at VTC

CSJ’s playoff push continues with convincing win at VTC

College of St. Joseph's women's basketball team traveled to Vermont Technical College on Wednesday, Feb. 13 and won 96-61. The victory is the team's ninth win in ten games.

The contest was neck-in-neck throughout the first quarter. The Knights led for the first three minutes of play thanks to buckets by Gabrielle Norwood and Quanisha Ferrol. CSJ attempted a quick shot style to get into the game but were unsuccessful until NaKeeya Goodman-Boddie swished a 3-pointer off a pass by Sabrena Eye.

Jayla Latham subbed into the game and quickly got on the board with a layup, giving CSJ a 5-4 lead with 7:21 on the scoreboard. Goodman-Boddie then extended the Fighting Saints' lead to 7-4 after stealing the ball on the defensive end and completing the play with a layup. The two teams traded baskets for the remaining time in the quarter before an assist by Goodman-Boddie and layup by Daija Black gave the Lady Saints a 17-15 lead going in to quarter two.

Layups by Black and Eye got CSJ off to a 4-0 start in the second frame. One minute in, Eye collected and offensive rebound and was fouled on the put-back to earn a trip to the foul line. She went 1-for-2, giving the Saints a 22-15 advantage. Norwood got the Knights going at the other end of the floor with a layup assisted by Sabreana Hardemon. A 9-2 run by the Saints, including two more 3-pointers by Goodman-Boddie, put CSJ up 31-19 for their biggest lead of the game.

A 6-0 run by VTC closed the gap to 31-25 before Alayah Sweeney layed the ball up off a pass by Goodman-Boddie. A minute later Sweeney stole the ball and had a fast break to push the Saints' lead back to 10 points, 35-25. The next three minutes saw several exchanged free throws by both teams. The first half ended with yet another Sweeney steal, layup and assist and by Goodman-Boddie for a 41-31 lead for CSJ.

After outscoring the Knights 24-16 in the second quarter, the Fighting Saints outdid their effort in the third quarter, putting up 28 points to VTC's 16. CSJ was led by Eye, who had 7 points and 4 rebounds in the third frame. Madison Akins went 3-for-3 from the foul line and had a layup for 5 points, and Goodman-Boddie had another 3-pointer and two foul shots for five points. LaShaunte White had 4 points off the bench for the Fighting Saints.

In the fourth quarter, CSJ put up an impressive 27 points while limiting the Knights to 14 - their lowest scoring quarter of the game. White shot 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-3 from 3-point range for 10 points in the quarter. Goodman-Boddie had 6 points and Black had 5 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. The Lady Saints shot 53 percent from the field and 67 percent from three in the fourth quarter.

Goodman-Boddie finished the game with a season-high 22 points. She shot 5-for-5 from the 3-point line, 5-of-6 from the foul line and had 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Eye finished with a double-double of 18 points, 13 rebounds. Black also had a double-double, recording 13 rebounds, 12 points. Sweeney had 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals and White had 14 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals off the bench for CSJ. The Knights were led by Norwood with 17 points, 7 rebounds and Hardemon with 13 points, 6 rebounds. VTC dropped to 13-15.

The Fighting Saints improved to 12-11 on the season and 9-1 in the second semester. CSJ plays next on Saturday, Feb. 16 at SUNY Delhi at 1pm.