STANDISH, Maine – Julia Champagne had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the St. Joseph's College Monks to a 69-41 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference women's basketball game Sunday evening.
With the win, St. Josephs' College improves to 4-1. The win is the third straight for the Monks who retain the Costello Cup for the third straight season. It is the seventh time in the 28-game series that the Monks have won the cup, which is named in honor of the late Dr. Richard "Doc" Costello, former USM Athletic Director and long-time basketball coach. The Huskies lead the Costello Cup series 21-7. The loss drops Southern Maine to 0-5 on the season.
Champagne was one of four players in double-figures for the Monks, and finished the game shooting 8-for-10 from the field and 2-for-3 from three-point range for the game-high total. Emily Benway had 13 points and six rebounds, while Kelsi McNamara and Regan McFerran each scored 11 points.
Senior Emily Nicholson (Quispamsis, New Brunswick/Kennebecasis Valley) led Southern Maine with 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals. Junior Kimberly Howrigan (Farifield, Vermont/Bellows Free Academy) added eight points, while classmate Alexa Srolovitz (Montreal, Quebec/New Hampton School (NH)) added seven points.
SJC broke open a close game in the second quarter to pull away from the Huskies. Led by Champagne and Benway's five second-quarter points, the Monks outscored USM 22-13 in the quarter to take a commanding 37-24 lead at the half, and did not relinquish its lead the rest of the way.
For the game SJC shot a solid 40.3 percent from the field (27-for-67) in the win. Conversely, Southern Maine struggled from the floor making 12-of-52 (23.1 percent). The Monks outrebounded USM 45-34, grabbing 14 offensive boards in the win led by four from McFerran.
Southern Maine returns to action on Tuesday (5:30 p.m.) when it takes on nationally-ranked Bowdoin College.