The St. Francis Terriers have now dropped four out of their last five games and lost at home for the first time this season when they were beaten 73-62 by Wagner in Brooklyn Heights on Monday night.
Eilidh Simpson was held to under 10 points for just the third time since December as she scored nine points. Jessica Kaufman had a career-high 20 points to make up for it though and Leah Fechko finished with 11 and seven rebounds. It still wasn’t enough as the Terriers shot just 32.3 percent as a team.
“Jessica (Kaufman) had a great second half that really helped us keep the game close,” Terriers’ coach John Thurston said. “We are a team that relies on our three-point shooting, that is a big part of our success and it hasn’t been there for us in the last couple of games. When one person is making shots everyone makes them and vice versa.
“It’s something that teams go through in the course of the season. I told the team in the locker room, whether you are in the NBA or in college, teams go through some bad times. It’s how you bounce back that matters.”
There were 10 lead changes in this game and the score was tied nine times. The Terriers led by as much as four points midway through the second half and Wagner finished with an 11-point lead.
Simpson put them up 48-47 with 8:25 left to play, but Wagner went on a 10-0 run to take them out of the game. Jasmine Nwajei, from Queens, had five points, two rebounds and an assist during that run. Jordyn Peck had the other five points.
The Terriers have two more games coming up at home on Saturday against Central Connecticut (9-9 overall and 3-5 in NEC) and on Monday against Fairleigh Dickinson (1-18 and 0-8).