Balanced Attack Helps Saint Joseph’s Top Colby, 85-73

Balanced Attack Helps Saint Joseph’s Top Colby, 85-73

WATERVILLE, Maine – Senior Julia Quinn (Fryeburg, Maine) led five players in double digits with 16 points to help Saint Joseph's College (5-2) defeat Colby College (3-4), 85-73, in a non-conference women's basketball game on Thursday evening.


With the game tied at 31-apiece at the start of the third quarter, Colby mounted a 13-3 run which was capped by an Alisha Aube (Westbrook, Maine) three-pointer with the hosts ahead by 10 (44-34) with 6:08 remaining in the penultimate period. Over the subsequent two minutes, St. Joe's responded with nine unanswered points, a stretch that included a pair of threes from Quinn and cut the visitors' deficit down to 44-43.

The Mules held a 55-53 edge after the teams essentially swapped scores for the remainder of the third frame and jumped out to a five-point margin when Brooke Guiffre (Wellesley, Mass.) drilled a shot from downtown 29 seconds into the fourth quarter. The Monks went on to score seven straight points over 90 seconds to claim their first lead, 60-58, since late in the second stanza and the matchup stood at a 65-65 stalemate after Ainsley Burns (Barrington, R.I.) connected for a three-pointer with 6:25 on the clock.

Saint Joseph's was able to put the game away with what was perhaps the team's most impressive run of the season thus far, as the Royal Blue posted a 16-3 surge that included a 7-for-7 free-throw shooting effort and saw the Monks claim an 81-68 cushion with 48 seconds left. The SJC defense held the Colby offense to just 1-for-8 shooting from the floor, including an 0-for-4 line from downtown, during the late run that elapsed nearly five minutes.


The Monks tied the program's single-game record by making 57.9% (11-19) of their three-point attempts in the victory – SJC posted the exact same line in a win at Occidental College on December 30th, 2018…St. Joe's went 24-for-31 (77.4%) from the FT line while Colby was 10-for-16 (62.5%) from the charity stripe…The Monks also held advantages in points in the paint (26-12) and bench points (28-20) and committed a season-low 11 turnovers in the victory…Saint Joseph's scored 32 points in the fourth quarter, the most netted by the team in any quarter so far this season.


  • Quinn was 5-for-7 from the field, including a 3-for-4 effort from three-point range, with four rebounds and a pair of assists; her 16 points in tonight's win is a career high
  • Junior Cassandra Stapelfeld (Brookline, N.H.) was 5-for-5 from the FT line with 14 points
  • Sophomore Alyson Fillion (Bedford, N.H.) added 13 points, six rebounds, and two assists
  • Junior Jordan Jabar (Waterville, Maine) contributed 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists
  • Freshman Bri Jordan (Gray, Maine) came off the bench to score 10 points with five rebounds
  • Freshman Jayne Howe (Pembroke, Mass.) tallied nine points, four boards, four assists, and two steals
  • Sophomore Kaleigh Walsh (Windham, N.H.) chipped in with nine points and four rebounds in 11 minutes


  • Burns led all players with 19 points and added four boards and three assists
  • Aube netted 15 with four rebounds and three assists
  • Guiffre and Keagan Dunbar (Middlebury, Vt.) scored 11 points apiece


Saint Joseph's improves to 15-14 all-time versus Colby College and has now defeated the Mules in five-consecutive meetings, the Monks' longest winning streak in the history of the series.


The Monks are back on the road on Saturday with a game in Lewiston versus Bates College (2:00 PM).




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Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. We are inclusive of all faiths, including no faith. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 other countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives. Learn more at