The College of St. Joseph Women's Basketball team came up just short against the SUNY Delhi Broncos on Tuesday, Feb. 14, losing the game by a final score of 76-69. The Lady Saints were down by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, but they continued to fight their way back into the game down the stretch. In the end, they were unable to make enough plays to get over the top of the Broncos.
CSJ was led by junior forward Alexius Brooks, who put together yet another monster performance. She was virtually unstoppable throughout the contest, scoring a game-high 22 points and outworking the Broncos on the glass for a staggering 27 total rebounds. Twelve of her boards came on the offensive side of the ball and led to a number of second chance points for herself and the rest of the Saints players. Brooks was also ultra-aggressive on defense, coming away with six steals. Her one downfall was committing a team-high seven turnovers, but most of them came from being overly aggressive as opposed to just simply being careless.
The Broncos put together an all-around team performance that the Lady Saints were unable to match. They had five players score double-figures compared to just two for CSJ. SUNY Delhi got a huge lift from freshman forward Diana Echols, who came off the bench to score 14 points while securing 14 rebounds. She was a load to deal with on the interior, scoring all of her points within the painted area.
The Lady Saints played from behind for the large majority of the game, never gaining the lead after midway through the first period. They did not shoot the ball particularly well, hitting on just 35 percent of their shots from the field compared to 40.6 percent for the Broncos. CSJ had their chances to make a few runs but missed far too many layups that could have helped tighten the score. Both teams did a poor job of protecting the ball, committing 50 turnovers collectively, which led to 51 points off turnovers overall.
The Lady Saints will be back in action when they face the University of Maine at Augusta in the opening round of the YSCC Elite 8 Tournament on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. The tournament is hosted by Southern Maine Community College.