Women's Basketball

2017-18 RECORD: 18-8; GNAC: 11-5 / GNAC TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES: 17 / ALL-GNAC PLAYERS: 30

Women’s Basketball Tops Anna Maria, 66-53

Photo by: Ron Waite/Photosportacular
Photo by: Ron Waite/Photosportacular

New Haven, Conn. - Led behind two double-doubles from senior Olivia Bolden (South Windsor, Conn.) and junior Kiki Epps (Norwalk, Conn.), the Albertus Magnus College women's basketball team topped Anna Maria College, 66-53, on Thursday evening in GNAC play at the Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center.

FINAL SCORE: Albertus Magnus 66 | Anna Maria 53
RECORDS: Albertus Magnus (12-5, 6-3) | Anna Maria (2-16, 1-8)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Anna Maria opened the game with the early lead until a pair of free throws from Angelina Piccirillo (Naugatuck, Conn.) gave the Falcons a 5-4 edge. Shortly after, Albertus Magnus rallied together a 9-7 run to end the quarter with 16-11 lead.

The Falcons managed to outscore the AMCATS in the second, 24-13, heading into the locker room up 40-24.

The third period belonged to Anna Maria as the visitors outscored the Falcons 17-11 to cut the lead to 10, 51-41, entering the final 10 minutes of play. The Falcons maintained their lead in the fourth and never looked back, securing the home win, 66-53.

NOTEWORTHY

  • Bolden's 10-point performance pushes her career-point total to 1,812 ranking her second all-time.
  • At home, the Falcons improve their record to 6-1.
  • Albertus Magnus posted a season-high 23 offensive rebounds and a season-high 63 rebounds.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Albertus Magnus - 29.7% (field goal), 20% (three point) and 81.3% (free throw)
  • Anna Maria - 29.4% (field goal), 36.8% (three point) and 46.2% (free throw)
  • Junior Jill Johnson (North Haven, Conn.) and Epps paced the Falcons' offense with a team-high 16 points apiece while seniors Angelina Piccirillo (Naugatuck, Conn.) and Bolden netted 10 each.
  • Maritza Gustave led the AMCATS with a team-high 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field.
  • Franchesca Hammdon and Kristina Russo rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points apiece.
  • Albertus Magnus out rebounded the visitors 63-42 and posted a 13-8 edge in second chance points.
  • The Falcons held a 13-8 advantage in second chance points.
  • This game saw three lead changes and one tie.
  • Freshman Andreah Orr (Danbury, Conn.) led the defensive unit with two blocks along with seven points and eight rebounds.
  • Anna Maria's bench scored 19 of its 53 points.

UP NEXT

Albertus Magnus returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 27 as the Falcons host Emmanuel (Mass.) in a GNAC home tilt. Anna Maria will face Saint Joseph's (Conn.) at home on Tuesday, Jan. 30.