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Women’s Basketball Thrashes on Canisius

Steve Morano

The Mount St. Mary’s women’s basketball team opened a home doubleheader for the entire basketball program on Saturday, Feb. 10 against Canisius College and did not disappoint. The Mountaineers won 70-56 against the Golden Griffins for their second win in a row after beating Rider University 64-43 on Feb. 8. In the game against Canisius, senior, Jessica Tomasetti scored 29 points for a new personal best in total points for a game. Her offensive performance outlined a solid team performance as they dominated Canisius in every category in the stats sheets as well as on the court.

After a slow start to the game as the teams traded stellar defensive performances, the Mount held out a 16-9 lead over Canisius to end the 1st quarter.

The second half, however, was very grueling as the Golden Griffins held a high player coverage to start the quarter. But the Mount prevailed against heavy defensive pressure as they held a slight three-point lead going into half time up 37-34.

Canisius still held on throughout the 3rd quarter as they continued a good defensive performance while keeping up the scoring. However, five minutes through the quarter, the Mountaineers began to pull away, as Tomasetti along with fellow senior, Isabella Hunt, began to dominate in the paint, helping the Mount to create a 11-point lead at the end of the quarter with the Mount leading 55-44.

The game was truly put away in the first few minutes of the last quarter as the Mount’s defense finally began to wear at the Golden Griffins while keeping up a high level of offensive pressure. While keeping a 15-point lead throughout the quarter, the Mount secured their second win in a row while beating Canisius 70-56.

The team on the stat sheet performed well, as they kept a field goal percentage of 46.8% and a free throw percentage of 90% with three players, junior, Jo Raflo, redshirt junior, Jada Lee as well as Hunt and Tomasetti having points in double digits during the game.

With this win, the Mount moved to 6-7 on the season while hitting a good form of play going into the last quarter of the regular season. “Taking care of business today versus Canisius, we got one step closer to our goals, so I like what our team is doing right now. They are fighting for something and any time you are fighting for something, the energy is a little bit different, and I am loving every bit of it.” Added head coach Antoine White after the game.


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