Though the score was tied at 14 after one quarter, College of St. Joseph's women's basketball team ran away with a 72-48 victory against UMaine-Machias on Sunday, Dec. 3.
CSJ forced Machias to commit 42 turnovers throughout the contest, and registered 32 points off of those turnovers to seal the win.
Freshman Aliesha Thomas led the Lady Saints with 18 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists. Sophomore Daija Black scored 16 points and distributed four assists, while also pulling down three rebounds. Freshmen Dymond Collins and Arielys Rodriguez netted 13 and 10 points, respectively, in the win.
Machias' seven-player squad could not keep up with the CSJ's pressure after the first quarter. CSJ cracked down on defense in the second quarter and limited the Clippers to just four points while registering 17 of their own en route to a 31-18 halftime lead. Thomas had 10 points by the time the whistle blew for half.
Thomas and Collins each notched eight points in the third quarter. Arielys Rodriguez scored seven points in the fourth and Black netted six. The Lady Saints outscored the Clippers 41-30 after halftime.
Machias was led by Caitlyn Lyons (15 points, six assists) and Alicen Brooks (15 points, four assists). With the loss, they are 4-6 overall.
CSJ improved to 3-4 on the season. They face SUNY Delhi next in New York on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m.