BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The College of Saint Elizabeth women’s basketball team took the 59-58 victory against St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn) at Brooklyn Technical High School on Tuesday night.
Saint Elizabeth (2-2) was led by Junior Jade Wilson who tallied 24 points to go along with six assists, both game highs. Junior Kelly O’Dell recorded a 10 point, 12 rebound double-double and senior Sabrina Jarmolinski fell one point shy of a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.
At the 13:15 mark, Saint Elizabeth took the 14-10 lead with a 3 pointer from Wilson. St. Joseph’s layup at the 10:32 mark of the opening frame gave the Lady Bears their first lead of the game which they would hold through most of the first half. St. Joseph’s assembled a 6-0 run late in the half to extend their lead to nine before carrying a 30-23 lead into the lockers.
Grant made a 3 pointer and lay-up at the start of the second half in attempt to rally back but St. Joseph’s shot 5-for-8 to push their lead to double digits, 41-30. But the tide turned quickly as the Lady Bear shots stopped falling and the Eagles went on a 9-0 run over four minutes capped by back-to-back three pointers by Wilson and Anastasia Feola to cut the lead to one, 41-40, with 11:50 left.
After the hot start to the half, the Lady Bears shooting struggled for the remainder of the frame, shooting 14 percent (4-for-29) over the final 15 minutes and finished shooting 24 percent for the half while Eagles improved their connect rate to 44 percent. Saint Elizabeth assembled another 10-1 run to take the lead back and quickly extend to eight, 55-47.
St. Joseph’s would slowly chip away to pull within two at the minute mark. After a made free throw by St. Joseph’s Ashley McQuillan, the score remained 59-58, with the Eagles up by one. With nine seconds remaining and the length of the floor to go, McQuillan put up a tough shot that was too strong. After multiple put backs by St. Joseph’s, Saint Elizabeth clinched the victory.
The Eagles play at home on Thursday, December 1 against Berkeley College at 7 p.m.