Lady Saints' fourth quarter comeback falls just short

Lady Saints' fourth quarter comeback falls just short

College of St. Joseph's women's basketball team suffered a 86-83 loss at SUNY Delhi despite a stellar fourth quarter effort.

The Lady Saints trailed 23-19 after the first quarter. The Broncos squad came out of the gate blazing, finishing four layups and a foul shot to lead 9-4 within the first three minutes of action. Daija Black finished two of her own to get CSJ on the board.

With under five minutes to play in the quarter, a 3-pointer by Dymond Collins brought the Saints within three, 13-10. A Samiaya Salley layup sparked a 6-0 Bronco run but Arielys Rodriguez kept CSJ scoring with a 3-pointer of her own, making the game 19-13 with just under three minutes to go in the quarter.

Rodriguez scored the Saints' next four points, while Salleynotched a jump shot to bring the score to 21-17 with 1:48 to play. Two Camryn McDonald free throws for Delhi and an Alexius Brooks tally rounded out the quarter 23-19.

CSJ did not see the same success in the second frame of play, as they were outscored 17-9. Rodriguez led the Saints in the quarter with four points, with other single scores coming from Black, Collins and NaKeeya Goodman-Boddie. Delhi had a 40-28 advantage at the half.

Black opened the second half scoring with a made jump shot. McDonald answered with a layup a minute in, but Aliesha matched her effort on the other end of the court. Kiera Holland extended the Bronco's lead to 44-32 and teammate Erica Cornmire made a free throw, but CSJ's Jayla Laytham scored four consecutive points to keep the Saints' deficit in check, 47-35.

The teams continued to go back-and-forth throughout the quarter. Delhi outscored CSJ by one, 26-25, for a 66-53 lead going into the final frame.

SUNY's Salley opened the quarter with a 3-pointer, but Brooks responded promptly with a layup. McDonald scored the Broncos next four points, divided by a Fighting Saints free throw for a game score of 73-56. Salley made a foul shot to creep the Broncos' lead closer to twenty, but Rodriguez came up big on the other end with a 3-pointer.

With the score at 74-59, Black brought CSJ closer with a layup. Collins registered a free throw, and Delhi's Holland scored a layup off a Salley assist for a 76-62 game with seven minutes to play. Collins answered with a 3-pointer, bringing the Saints within 11. Salley and Goodman-Boddie exchanged jump shots, and Rodriguez scored a layup to extend the score to 78-69.

Katie Herba and McDonald combined for the Broncos' next three points for a 81-69 lead. CSJ remained resilient, forcing Delhi turnovers and earning themselves crucial possession in the final five minutes of play. With 4:44 to play, Madison Akins converted on a Delhi turnover with a layup. Rodriguez, Black, and Crisalida Chaplin followed suit, scoring three more layups over the next two minutes to bring the Fighting Saints within four points, 83-79, with :41 seconds to play.

Salley went 1-for-2 from the free throw line on the ensuing possession, but Chaplin notched another layup off of an offensive rebound with :23 second to play. The score was 84-81, but Herba was fouled in the Broncos' offensive end and she converted two free throws.

Black scored by way of a drive to the basket with 13 seconds to play, and CSJ took a timeout as they trailed 86-83. Out of the timeout, the Fighting Saints were able to get a 3-point shot off,  but it was off the mark and time expired before the comeback could be completed.

Black finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Rodriguez finished with a career-high 18 points. Brooks notched a double-double through 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Collins scored 11.

Salley finished with a game-high 24 points and had 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. McDonald and Holland each scored 21.

The Broncos improved to 8-3, while the Saints dropped to 3-5. CSJ has a chance at redemption tonight, Dec. 6, at home when they host Rivier College at 7 p.m.