RUTLAND — College of St. Joseph had a relatively slow week in sports going into Winter Break. They played in just two games on Dec. 19, but against worthy opponents. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams traveled to Berkeley College (N.Y.) to play against Knights. The Lady Saints were able to handle Berkeley with relative ease and are now 7-1 overall on the season, and remain undefeated in YSCC play. The men’s team was not as fortunate and fell to the Knights, moving them to 8-4 on the season. Here is a closer look at the two match-ups.
The Lady Saints earned their fifth victory in row, defeating the Berkeley Knights with a final score of 71-43. They were led in scoring by Mookie Kennedy, who was able to accumulate 21 points throughout the contest. Kennedy leads the YSCC, averaging 24.5 points per game. Regina Steele also carried CSJ, as she has all season long. She filled up the stat sheet, highlighted by her 20 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals. Jazz Laracuente had one of her biggest games of the season as well. She was one rebound and one assist away from recording a triple-double. She also added 15 points for the game. It was a well-rounded win for the Lady Saints as they look to take the same type of effort into the rest of the season.
The College of St. Joseph men’s basketball team was not as fortunate when they faced the Berkeley Knights. The Knights took an early lead and never took their foot off the gas in a game that ended with a final score of 61-86. The Fighting Saints had difficulties securing the ball from start to finish. They committed a season worst 32 turnovers, which led directly to the Knights scoring 39 easy points. The Saints know that they have to have better control of the ball going forward and will be cleaning that up in the weeks to come. Kyle Houston led CSJ with 12 points. Chris Conway was able to put up 8 points and a team high 6 rebounds. The Saints can learn from this tough loss and hopefully get back to their winning ways, playing team defense, and sharing the ball on offense to lead to easy scores.