Mount Saint Mary Powers Past St. Joseph’s-Brooklyn


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BROOKLYN – Morina Bojka led four players in double-figures and tallied a season-high 33 points on Saturday as the Mount Saint Mary College Women’s Basketball teamed cruised to a 96-72 Skyline Conference road win at St. Joseph’s-Brooklyn.

Saturday’s win gives the Mount three straight victories and moves in to 3-1 on the season and 2-0 in Skyline Conference play. The win is the 11th over the Bears in the last 13 meetings in the series since the start of the 2013-14 season.

First Quarter
The Knights broke the game open early, outscoring the Bears 29-8 in the first period.
Mount Saint Mary shot 52.2-percent from the floor in the opening 10 minutes and connected on three triples.

The Knights opened the game on a 16-0 run highlighted by nine points from Bojka.
The Mount did not allow a field goal until the midway mark of the quarter.
Toriana Tabasco pushed the Mount in front by 21 points with a conversion in the final 40 seconds of the period.

Second Quarter
The Mount converted at better than 43-percent from the floor in the second stanza and knocked in two more three-pointers.

Bojka pushed the lead to 31-8 with a jumper inside the first minute of the second period.
St. Joseph’s would not be able to pull closer than 21 points leading into halftime.

Mount Saint Mary grabbed a half-high 31-point lead, at 50-19, on a Bojka conversion with 1:11 left before halftime.

The Knights closed the period with a pair of Asia Rivera free-throws to carry a commanding 54-24 lead into the halftime intermission.

Third Quarter
The Knights cooled to 38.1-percent shooting in the third period, but connected on three of their seven three-point field goal attempts.

The Knights lead would not get smaller than 23 points throughout the third stanza.

The Mount Saint Mary advantage ballooned to a game-high 37 points on a Rivera bucket in transition that pushed the Knights in front 80-43 with 11 seconds left in the period.

Fourth Quarter
Mount Saint Mary maintained a lead of at least 24 points throughout the final period.

The Knights reached 90 points on a Brooke Leahy triple midway through the quarter that gave the Knights a 90-59 advantage.

Mount Saint Mary converted at 30-percent in the final stanza and knocked in its final two three-point field goals.

For The Knights
Mount Saint Mary reached as many as 96 points for the first time since scoring 101 against Yeshiva on November 21, 2019.

11 different players found the scoring column for the Knights in the win.

Bojka scored at least 30 points for the third time in her career and missed matching her career-high of 35 by two points.

Bojka finished the game shooting 12-for-17 from the floor, 2-for-3 from three-point range and 7-for-10 from the free-throw line. She added seven rebounds, two assists and seven steals to the winning effort.

Tabasco and Lauren Desrats each scored a season-high 11 points in the win. Tabasco collected eight rebounds and swiped four steals with Desrats adding two assists.

Rivera scored a season-high 10 points off the bench for the Knights and finished the game with three assists and five steals.

Katie Smith dished out seven assists, matching the game-high in the category.

Annie Keenan provided six points and five rebounds.

For The Bears
St. Joseph’s was led by 21 points from Emma Kiley who added six rebounds and four blocks.

Kelly O’Donnell produced 13 points and handed out five assists.

Alexis Breen and Jamie Provino each scored 11 points with Breen joining Smith with a game-high seven assists.

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