Walker’s Double-Double Not Enough in 68-61 Loss to USJ

Photo by Ron Waite
Photo by Ron Waite

Despite 22 points and 19 rebounds from Kendrea Walker (New Haven, Conn.), the Albertus Magnus women's basketball team fell to the University of Saint Joseph 68-61 on Wednesday night in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action.

With the loss, the Falcons fall to 15-4 on the year and 5-3 in GNAC play, while Saint Joseph improves to 11-6 overall and 4-3 in league action.

The Falcons shot 36.5% from the field in the contest and struggled from behind the arc, hitting just 3-of-21, for a 14.3% showing. Saint Joseph shot 41.1% from the field, including a 7-of-18 showing from three-point land. The Blue Jays were led by Mary Hyde, who finished with 20 points on 50% shooting.

The Blue Jays opened the contest with a 12-4 run before jumping out to a 25-10 advantage. Albertus used a 20-3 run capped by an Olivia Sutherland (Wallingford, Conn.) three pointer to cut the Saint Joseph lead to two at 30-28.

Saint Joseph went into the break with a 37-30 lead thanks to a 6-of-12 showing from behind the arc in the opening frame. The Falcons held a 24-20 rebounding advantage in the half as well, led by nine rebounds from Walker.

The Falcons put together another run to cut the Blue Jays' lead to three at 43-40 five minutes into the second half as Taylor Jagoe (Milford, Conn.) connected on a layup for her lone bucket of the night.  Saint Joseph extended its lead back up to 10 and went on to take the eventual seven-point GNAC victory.

Nicole Acerra (East Haven, Conn.) was one of three Falcons in double-figures, joining Walker, as she scored 10 points, while adding five assists. Annie Sutila (Bridgeport, Conn.) tallied 10 points and six rebounds as she shot 2-of-15 from behind the arc, while Annie Raucci (Milford, Conn.) added nine rebounds and eight points. Sutherland chipped in with nine points.

Albertus will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 2 when the Falcons travel to Nashua, N.H. to take on Rivier University in a 2:00 p.m. contest.