St. Francis ladies no longer leaders in the NEC after loss to Bryant

Jaymee Veney and St. Francis fell just short as they lost their lead in the NEC. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Jaymee Veney and St. Francis fell just short as they lost their lead in the NEC. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Things couldn’t have looked better for the St. Francis Terriers as they had a great non-conference record early and started off their Northeast Conference schedule with the program’s first ever 3-0 record. A week later and they are dropped two out of their last three and have lost control of the conference.

That’s not to say that anyone is panicking as they only lost to Mount St. Mary’s, a team that they had previously beaten, in double-overtime and then lost a close game to Byrant 61-58 at the Chace Athletic Center in Rhode Island on Monday.

They had their chances to win this one though. After Bryant led for nearly the entire first half, the Terriers tied the game early in the second before they took the lead. Bryant battled though as the two teams went back and forth before eventually being tied at 46-46 with 7:04 left to play.

That was the turning point though as Breanna Rucker hit a pair of free throws, followed by a three by Courtney Schissler as Bryant grabbed a five-point lead that it would not relinquish.

Both Jaymee Veney and Jasmin Robinson finished with 13 points and six rebounds. No other Terriers scored in double digits including Eilidh Simpson, who had at least 11 points in eight of her last nine games.

The Terriers are now 13-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play. They are off again until Saturday afternoon when they will head to Central Connecticut.


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