St. Joe's women crush Purchase by 39
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Emma Kiley of Whitestone goes up for a jump shot. (Photo: St. Joe's Athletics)
Emma Kiley of Whitestone goes up for a jump shot. (Photo: St. Joe's Athletics)
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In their first meeting on the hardwood since the first round of last season's Skyline Conference Women's Basketball Championship, the St. Joseph's College women's team cruised past Purchase College, 85-46 on Saturday afternoon.

The 39-point margin of victory stands as the Bears' largest win this season.

Jamie Provino and St. Edmund Prep product Kelly O'Donnell led the way for the Bears (7-4, 5-1 Skyline) in the opening 10 minutes, scoring seven of the first nine points of the game.

The Panthers (2-7, 1-3) found a rhythm to take their first and only lead of the game at 11-9 with 5:21 left in the quarter. The Bears retook the lead on a Provino three-pointer as it began a run of 14-straight points to wrap up the period with a 23-11 lead.

The Bears held on to the advantage throughout the second quarter. With the help of freshmen Emma Kiley, an Archbishop Molloy grad and Whitestone resident, Alexis Breen and junior Kaitlyn Stenz from Monsignor McClancy, the Bears saw their lead grow to as many as 16 with 2:23 to go before the intermission.

SJC entered the half up 38-26 despite Purchase scoring five of the final six points in the period.

The Bears continued to distance themselves from the Panthers in the second half. Kiley's 12 points in the third quarter were more than Purchase scored as a team.

O'Donnell and Samantha Wilber also provided the scoring for St. Joseph's in the period as the trio went 11-of-15 shooting. The Bears took a 62-36 lead into the fourth quarter.

Breen poured in 10 of her 12 points of the game in the final stanza. O'Donnell scored five points in the period while Lisa LoSchiavo and McClancy grad Gina Hopkins scored their first points of the game, as the Bears closed with another 14-point run.

Kiley led all scorers with 22 points to go along with eight rebounds, three steals, and as many blocks.

Meanwhile, O'Donnell netted 20 points and was a rebound away from a double-double as she pulled down nine boards. She also dished out three assists and picked up a pair of steals.

The Bears will make another trip to Purchase on January 8, this time to take on Manhattanville College.

Comeback falls short

Despite a game-high 25 points from Frank Reali and a double-double from Hollis native and St. Francis Prep alum Stephane Etheart, the men's basketball team (4-6) fell on the road to Kean University (4-8), 75-62, on Saturday afternoon.

Both teams remained close early and were tied at 14-all at the midway point of the first half before the Cougars drained three trifectas to score nine unanswered, which extended into a 16-4 run over five minutes.

But Reali and Etheart brought the Bears back within reach heading into the locker room, combining to score all 10 points in a 10-3 spurt to close the half trailing 33-28.

St. Joseph's remained within one or two possessions for most of the second stanza and took the lead briefly, 44-43, at the 13:46 mark on a Reali triple that capped five unanswered, but the hosts responded with seven straight to move back on top for good.

A Chris Edwards three-pointer pulled SJC back within three, 50-47, with just under 10 minutes to play, but the hosts slowly outscored the Bears 15-7 over the next six minutes to build another double-digit advantage.

Reali would nail back-to-back triples to cut the deficit to five, 67-62, but Kean countered with field goals on the opposite end and scored the final eight points of the contest to end any hopes of a comeback.

Reali drained five three-pointers and went 8-of-9 from the free-throw line for his game-high 25 points. He also swiped three steals and grabbed a pair of rebounds.

Etheart recorded his seventh double-double of the season (2nd in Skyline) by way of 18 points and 14 boards, also swiping four steals.

The Bears now set their focus to conference play, heading to Farmingdale State (5-6, 1-1) for a South Division matchup on January 8.

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