Saint Joseph’s Opens GNAC Play with 62-35 Win Over Norwich

Saint Joseph’s Opens GNAC Play with 62-35 Win Over Norwich

STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (8-6, 1-0 GNAC) rallied from a four-point halftime deficit to defeat Norwich University (3-9, 0-1 GNAC), 62-35, in what was the 2020 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women's basketball opener for both programs at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday afternoon.


The Cadets increased their lead to 24-19 early in the third quarter but could not solve the Monks' full-court press and fell behind quickly as a result. Thanks in large part to the effective press, Saint Joseph's mounted a 29-3 run spanning eight minutes and held a 48-27 cushion after senior guard Julia Quinn (Fryeburg, Maine) notched a three-point play with 8:05 remaining.

The Monks' defensive efforts in the second half resulted in 14 Norwich turnovers and held the Cadets to a 4-for-23 shooting performance in the third and fourth frames combined.


The Monks scored 24 points off 28 Cadet turnovers overall and held a 32-7 lead in bench points in the victory…St. Joe's outscored Norwich by a 44-13 margin after the break.


  • Junior guard Cassandra Stapelfeld (Brookline, N.H.) netted 16 points with five assists, five steals, and a pair of rebounds
  • Sophomore guard Kaleigh Walsh (Windham, N.H.) came off the bench to score 11 points with five boards, two assists, and a pair of steals in 19 minutes
  • Freshman Bri Jordan (Gray, Maine) added nine points and six caroms
  • Junior forward Jordan Jabar (Waterville, Maine) chipped in with eight points, six rebounds, and three steals and was 4-for-4 from the floor
  • Sophomore guard Grace Philippon (Glenburn, Maine) contributed with eight points, rive rebounds, and two assists


  • Junior guard Riley Bennett (Hopkinton, N.H.) led the Cadets with 15 points and added four rebounds
  • Senior forward KristieAnn DeSilvio (Chelmsford, Mass.) pulled down 10 rebounds with three points
  • Junior guard Kailynne Frederick (Adams, Mass.) hauled in a game-high 11 boards
  • Junior guard Julia Vigorito (Malden, Mass.) tallied eight points and five rebounds, including four on the offensive glass


With the win Saint Joseph's improves to 13-6 all-time versus Norwich University and has now defeated the Cadets in seven-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2014-15 campaign.


The Monks play at Colby-Sawyer College in GNAC action on Wednesday at 7:30 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