College of St. Joseph's women's basketball team played United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division II second-ranked Central Maine Community College (CMCC) on Saturday, Jan. 26 and fell 75-51. The loss broke the Fighting Saints' previous five-game win streak.
The Lady Saints forced CMCC into 28 turnovers, which is the most the Mustangs have committed in a single game all season long. CSJ shot 21-for-61 (or 34 percent) from the field as a team and CMCC shot 27-for-70 (39 percent). The Fighting Saints tallied just one 3-pointer all game, where the Mustangs recorded 9 total threes. CSJ shot 8-of-16 (50 percent) from the foul line and CMCC shot 12-of-16 (75 percent).
The Fighting Saints outscored CMCC in the paint 30-24 and were edged just slightly in rebounds, 33-36. Second chance points were also close, with the Mustangs scoring 11 and CSJ scoring 10. CMCC had 14 assists as a team and CSJ had 9. CMCC forced CSJ into 40 turnovers on the game, resulting in 41 points scored off turnovers. CSJ scored 19 points off 28 forced CMCC turnovers.
Alayah Sweeney led the Saints with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Sabrena Eye had 9 points, 4 rebounds and Jayla Latham recorded 7 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. Madison Akins had a game-high 6 assists to go along with 5 rebounds, 3 points and 2 steals.
The Mustangs had three players record double figures: Alex Bessey scored a game-high 17, Brooke Reynolds had 16 and Natalie Thurber scored 10. CMCC improved to 16-2 on the season.
CSJ (8-11) returns to action when they host Fisher College on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 5pm. A men's match-up will follow at 7pm.