Women's Basketball Loses at Saint Joseph's (Me.) in the GNAC Quarterfinals

Women's Basketball Loses at Saint Joseph's (Me.) in the GNAC Quarterfinals


FINAL SCORE: Saint Joseph's (Me.) 64 | Albertus Magnus 61
TEAM RECORDS: Saint Joseph's (22-4) | Albertus Magnus 14-12

STANDISH, Maine – The Albertus Magnus College women's basketball team saw its season come to an end with a 64-61 setback at Saint Joseph's (Me.) on Tuesday evening in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament Quarterfinals at the Harold Alfond Center.


Albertus Magnus opened the game with a 3-0 lead following a three from Liz Falcigno (Wallingford, Conn.) just 12 second in until the Monks found themselves ahead 6-5, causing the Falcons to call a timeout to regroup. Following the break, Saint Joseph's extended its lead to 13, 20-7, thanks to a 14-2 run sparked by a layup from Emily Benway. Albertus closed out the first quarter with a 8-3 run to cut the hosts' lead to within four, 23-19.

The Falcons continued their run into the second quarter as back-to-back baskets from Olivia Bolden (South Windsor, Conn.) tied the game at 23-all before the visitors took its first lead of the game, 32-30, following a jumper from Kiki Epps (Norwalk, Conn.) with 3:47 left to play. Albertus would end the first half holding a 34-32 lead over the top-seeded Monks.

Coming out of the break, both teams traded points and went through three ties until Albertus found themselves up six, 48-42, following a free throw from Jill Johnson (North Haven, Conn.) at the 2:39 mark. However, Saint Joseph's would go on a 5-2 run to cut the Falcons' lead top three, 50-47, entering the final 10 minutes of play.

Saint Joseph's came out with fire in its eyes as the hosts opened the final quarter with a 11-0 run to regain the lead, 58-50, four minutes in. Bolden cut the lead to within two, 60-58, after a nice feed from Johnson, but the Monks secured the win, 64-61.


  • Albertus finished the first half shooting an impressive 48.3 percent from the field while the Monks shot only 39.4 percent.
  • The Falcons outshot the Monks in the second quarter 15-9.
  • Bolden scored nine of her 14 first half points in the first quarter.
  • Kelsi McNamara and Julia Champagne totaled 21 of the Monks' 32 points.
  • The Monks held a 20-6 edge in rebounds, but the Falcons led the hosts 14-12 in points in the paint.


  • Johnson led the Falcons in the third quarter with six points, but only tallied two assists in the fourth.
  • Albertus held a 12-9 edge in rebounds in the third, but the Monks out-rebounded the visitors in the fourth, 9-7.
  •  Regan McFerran went 2-for-2 from three-point range in the third for the hosts.


  • Bolden finished the game with 22 points, 14 rebounds, a steal and a block while Johnson and Angelina Piccirillo (Naugatuck, Conn.) added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
  • Albertus finished the game with 36 rebounds, nine steals and three blocks as well as shot 41.1 percent from the field.
  • Saint Joseph's led the Falcons in rebounding, 41-36, and in points off turnovers 20-8.
  • This game saw eight ties and seven lead changes.
  • Kelsi McNamara led the Monks with a team-high 18 points while Julia Champagne and Emily Benway added 13 points a piece.