NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Colby-Sawyer women's basketball team fell to Albertus Magnus, 79-72, in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action Saturday afternoon.
Albertus Magnus improves to 11-5 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Colby-Sawyer dips to 10-5 overall and 0-2 in the GNAC.
Senior Lexie Hamilton led the Chargers with 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. She moved up three spots into 10th on the all-time scoring list with 1,120 points. Senior Tianna Sugars was 10-of-19 for 23 points. Junior Joslin Wainwright registered 17 points on 7-of-15 from the field.
Albertus was led by Shyla Osmond's 32 points. She added eight boards and five assists. Rah Rah Thompson had 19 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks. Kyah Nowlin contributed 12 points.
The Falcons use a strong fourth quarter to erase a five-point deficit after 30 minutes. The home team outscored the Chargers 28-16 in the fourth. A Wainwright jumper put the Chargers on top 67-63 with four minutes to play.
On the ensuing possession, Albertus Magnus tied the game when Cassie Couture completed a 4-point play. The teams then traded baskets before Osmond converted a couple of jumpers to give Albertus a 73-68 lead with less than 30 seconds to play. The Faclons staved off a Colby-Sawyer comeback to earn the 79-72 victory.
Colby-Sawyer opened the game on an 8-2 run and then later led 17-11. Thompson scored the final five points of the quarter to pull Albertus to within a point after 10 minutes.
The Chargers also won the second quarter by an identical 17-16 score to lead 34-32 at the half. Colby-Sawyer shot 53.3 percent in the second and received seven points from Sugars.
Each team shot 9-of-20 from the floor in the third quarter. Despite Albertus taking a couple of leads in the frame, the Chargers were able to increase their lead by outscoring the Falcons 22-19. Colby-Sawyer made one more three than Albertus and added a pair of free throws.
C-S Downs Rivier
At Nashua Tuesday night the Colby-Sawyer women's basketball team used a balanced attack to roll to a 69-54 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) road win at Rivier.
Colby-Sawyer improves to 11-5 overall and 1-2 in the GNAC. The Chargers host Johnson & Wales on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Senior Tianna Sugars (Oxford, Maine) led the Chargers with her 11th double-double of the season. She tallied 16 points and 14 rebounds. Sugars climbed into seventh on the all-time scoring list with 1,225 points and fifth in career rebounds with 853. Senior Lexie Hamilton (Sunapee, N.H.) flirted with a triple-double as she finished with seven points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. First-years Caitlyn Boucher (Swanzey, N.H.) and Sydney Noyes (Newbury, Mass.) contributed 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Rivier received a game-high 18 points from Cydney Lessard. Alexandra Grumblatt grabbed more than half of the team's rebounds to finish with an impressive 23 to go with 11 points. Heather Ries registered a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Joslin Wainwright (Plainfield, N.H.) opened the scoring for the Chargers and the teams would traded the first six buckets of the contest to make the score 6-6 after four minutes. Sugars then hit a trey to put the Chargers on top and they never looked back. Lessard hit a three of her own with a minute to play to pull the Raiders to within a point, but first-year Emily Parent (Oakland, Maine) responded with a three to give Colby-Sawyer an 18-14 lead after the first stanza.
The Chargers created separation in the second and third quarters by outscoring Rivier 17-8 and 15-9 to lead 50-31 after 30 minutes. Rivier got a few points back in the fourth with a 23-19 advantage in the final frame.
Colby-Sawyer scored 42 points in the paint.