Second-Half Rally Leads Women's Basketball Past USJ

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Pine Manor College women's basketball freshman Jayva Johnson (West Haven, Conn.), above, scored 17 points and collected 11 rebounds while Natasia Franklin (Windsor, Conn.) had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the visiting Gators defeated the University of Saint Joseph 88-76 Thursday in a non-conference game at the O’Connell Center. Pine Manor improved to 12-2 overall with the win; Saint Joseph is 7-10.

USJ went ahead early 14-1 on the way to a 36-31 halftime lead, but Pine Manor scored 57 second-half points. The teams were tied at 72 when Alexis Lee (Akron, Ohio) hit a three-pointer with 5:09 to play to give Pine Manor the lead for good as the Gators finished the contest on a 16-4 run. 

After USJ held Pine Manor to 26 percent (9-for-35) shooting in the first half, the Gators went 22-for-40 (55 percent) in the second half and had 16 fast-break points.

Heather Framski (Prospect, Conn.) led USJ with 18 points and Mary Hyde (Derby, Conn.) had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had five players score in double figures. Brianna Ferraro (Waterbury, Conn.) and Devon Diliberto (Waterbury, Conn.) had 13 point each for USJ and Lindsey Dionne (Portland, Conn.) had 10. Alexis Lee (Akron, Ohio) scored 16 for Pine Manor and Maria Vaughan (Okinawa, Japan) and Sybil Lynch (hoboken, N.J.) had 12 apiece. Vaughan was a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the contest.

Saint Joseph is at Anna Maria Sat. January 25 at 2 p.m. Pine Manor hosts Vermont Tech, Sun. Jan. 26 at 1 p.m.

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