STANDISH, Maine – #8/11 Saint Joseph's College (Maine) put the finishing touches on an undefeated regular season Saturday afternoon with a 90-48 victory over Lasell College in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center.
The Monks (#8 in the d3hoops.com national poll and #11 in the WBCA Coaches poll) are now 25-0 overall and 12-0 in the GNAC. Lasell winds up the campaign at 7-17 overall, 2-10 in the GNAC. Saint Joseph's is the first team in GNAC women's basketball history to record a perfect regular season.
Senior Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine) registered 20 points, six rebounds and three steals for the Monks (8-for-10 from the floor, 4-for-6 from three-point land). Senior Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) tallied 20 points and nine assists; classmate Hannah Marks (Waldoboro, Maine) added 12 points; senior Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) contributed nine points and 12 rebounds; and freshman Grace Philippon (Glenburn, Maine) chipped in with 13 points.
Graduate student Breanna Muir (Wareham, Mass.) scored 10 points with seven rebounds and five assists to lead Lasell. Senior Taylor Hughey (Redding, Calif.) came off the bench to net nine points off a 3-for-3 three-point shooting effort.
The Monks held the momentum from the get-go and held a 12-2 cushion after McNamara hit a jumper at the 5:21 mark of the first quarter. Saint Joseph's led 44-14 at intermission and proceeded to claim a game-high 44-point advantage (86-42) after freshman guard Tia Day (Monmouth, Maine) netted a three-pointer with 3:20 left in the fourth frame.
Prior to the start of the game a brief ceremony was held to honor the Monks' four seniors: McNamara, Benway, Marks, and Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine). With these four players, the Monks have posted an incredible 100-13 (.885) overall record, including a 53-2 (.964) mark in conference play, with three conference championships.
(With contributions of SJC Athletic Communications)
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