NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The Norwich University women's basketball team fell in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play to the #8/11 ranked Monks of Saint Joseph's College of Maine on Thursday evening, as the Monks prevailed by a 72-49 final score.
Things were all Norwich at the start of this one, as the Cadets utilized a 14-2 run to build up a 22-14 lead over the perennial conference powerhouse. The Monks showed up in the second quarter, however, outscoring Norwich by a back-breaking 28-5 margin in the quarter and holding Norwich scoreless over the last six minutes to take a 42-27 lead into halftime. It was all Saint Joseph's the rest of the way, as the Monks outscored Norwich 30-22 in the half to cruise to the 72-49 victory.
Mary Casamassa (Wexford, Pa.) and Riley Bennett (Hopkinton, N.H.) led the way for Norwich with 13 points apiece, while Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) pulled down six rebounds and handed out seven assists. Norwich was hamstrung by turnovers, committing 21 that the Monks turned into 26 points.
Julia Champagne and Hannah Marks led the Monks with 15 points each, with Champagne adding in seven rebounds and three steals and Marks recorded a pair of blocks with six boards.
The loss drops Norwich down to 8-15 overall and slides their conference record to 3-8. Their final game will take place on February 16th, when they host the Rivier Raiders for both team's season finale. Norwich will hold a ceremony honoring their seniors before the game.