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.