Women's Basketball

2016-17 RECORD: 14-12; GNAC: 9-7 / GNAC TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES: 16 / ALL-GNAC PLAYERS IN PROGRAM HISTORY: 28

Women’s Basketball Defeats In-State Rival Saint Joseph’s (Conn.)

Photo by: Ron Waite/Photosportacular
Photo by: Ron Waite/Photosportacular

Link: Box Score

New Haven, Conn. - Senior Olivia Bolden (South Windsor, Conn.) and junior Kiki Epps (Norwalk, Conn.) of the Albertus Magnus College women's basketball team recorded a pair of double-doubles as the Falcons defeated in-state rival Saint Joseph's (Conn.) by a score of 84-63 Tuesday evening at the Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center.

FINAL SCORE: Albertus Magnus 84 | Univ. of Saint Joseph's (Conn.) 63
RECORDS: Albertus Magnus (10-4, 4-2) | Univ. of Saint Joseph's (Conn.) (7-6, 2-3)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Albertus Magnus jumped out to an early 28-17 advantage and closed out the final 10 minutes of the first half with a 19-point lead, 49-30. During the opening quarter, Epps paced the offense with 11 points and nine rebounds on 4-of-7 shooting from the field while Jill Johnson (North Haven, Conn.) and Kristen Cunning (Hoboken, N.J.) shot 66.7% from behind the arc in the second.

In the third quarter, both teams registered 16-points apiece, but the Falcons would remain on top, 65-46, heading into the fourth and final quarter. Albertus Magnus put the game out of reach in the fourth en route to its fourth GNAC win of the season.

NOTEWORTHY

  • With tonight's win, the Falcons are 23-8 against the Blue Jays in the all-time series.
  • Olivia Bolden's (South Windsor, Conn.) 21-point performance pushes her career-point total to 1,759 ranking her second all-time.
  • Bolden now has a total of 973 rebounds and is just 27 shy of recording 1,000. She will be the third player in the program to accomplish this milestone.
  • Epps recorded her second double-double of the season as the junior scored 15 points and 10 rebounds.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Albertus Magnus - 47.1% (field goal), 31.8% (three point) and 59.1% (free throw)
  • Saint Joseph's (Conn.) - 30.3% (field goal), 27.8% (three point) and 75% (free throw)
  • Along with Bolden and Epps, Johnson and Cunning also scored in double figures with 21 and 12 points, respectively.
  • Saint Joseph's (Conn.) had three players score in double figures, including a team-high 20 points from Shaniyah Williams.
  • The Falcons posted a 20-12 edge over the Blue Jays in points off turnovers.
  • Albertus Magnus dominated in the paint, 46-22, and in second chance points 17-6.
  • Johnson led the Falcons in steals with four and in assists with two.
  • Freshman Raegon Shirling-Davis (Waterbury, Conn.) paced the offense with a career-high nine assists to go along with 13 rebounds, two steals and two points.
  • Freshman Andreah Orr (Danbury, Conn.) and Bolden led the defensive unit with two blocks each.
  • The Falcons out-rebounded the visitors, 51-37.
  • Both teams had 21 turnovers.
  • Kayla Guest was the next Blue Jay to score in double-figures with 14 while Raelynn Voislow rounded out the scorers with 10 points.

UP NEXT
Albertus Magnus returns to the court on Thursday, Jan. 18 as the Falcons face Emmanuel (Mass.) in a 7 p.m. GNAC tilt. Saint Joseph's (Conn.) will face Emmanuel (Mass.) on Saturday, Jan. 20.