Patchogue, N.Y.- The St. Joseph's College women's basketball team dropped a Skyline Conference matchup to the United States Merchant Marine Academy 85-54 this evening at the Danzi Center. The Golden Eagles fall to 4-8 overall, 1-5 in Skyline action. The Mariners improve to 10-3 on the season, 6-2 in conference play.
Senior Andrea Iavarone recorded a team high of 16 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Jami Candenas finished in double figures with 11 points while adding five boards.
USMMA saw all five starters put up double-digit points with Kaleigh D'Arcy posting a game-high 23. Shelby Peterson turned in a double-double performance with 15 points and 10 rebounds as well as Tichina Carmon with 14 points and 12 boards.
The Eagles held a one-point lead (8-7) at the six-minute mark in the opening quarter following an N'Dea Maddox layup, but USMMA came back with nine unanswered and closed out the quarter leading 20-9.
The second frame saw much of the same with the Mariners going on a 15-7 run through the first five minutes of play. They extended their lead to as many as 28 (48-20) before heading into the break ahead 48-22.
The Mariners came out of the locker rooms shooting 71.4 % from the field in the third quarter building a 74-49 advantage. Despite outscoring USMMA 15-11 in the fourth, the Golden Eagles could not catch the Mariners ultimately falling 85-54.
As a team, SJC finished shooting just shy of 35% from the field, 28% from long distance with the Merchant Marines knocking down 56.3% from three-point range, 46.6% overall. The Mariners dominated the post outscoring (32-22) and outrebounding (44-35) the Eagles.
The Golden Eagles return to the Danzi Center Tuesday, January 16th as they host the Knights of Mt. St. Mary's. Tipoff is set for 7:00 pm.