Women’s Basketball Has Record-Breaking Performance in Win over Sarah Lawrence


BRONXVILLE, N.Y. — With five Bears scoring in double figures, St Joseph's College (Brooklyn) women's basketball's 111-62 win over Sarah Lawrence College (0-7, 0-6 Skyline) on Thursday evening set a new program record for points scored in a single game, scoring over 100 points for the first time in team history.

Draining seven trifectas on the night, senior Victoria Porcasi (Franklin Square, N.Y./H. Frank Carey) moved into first place on the Bears all-time three-pointers made, now sitting at 215 makes overtaking the former record of 212 three-pointers set by Michelle Softy from 2002-06.

Adding to the list of firsts, sophomore Kelly O'Donnell (Brooklyn, N.Y./St. Edmund Prep) recorded the first known triple-double in team history finishing with a game-high 29 points, 14 rebounds, and a career-high 10 assists.

How It Happened

The Bears (5-3, 4-1 Skyline) got off to a 10-0 run to start the game and never turned back taking a 27-12 advantage into the second quarter with Porcasi making all three of her attempts from behind the arc to pull within one of tying the record.

Sarah Lawrence would score 16 points in the second stanza attempting to cut into the Bears' lead but the navy and gray fired back, ending the last three minutes of the quarter on an 11-0 run, capped off by an O'Donnell putback buzzer-beater to cap a 33-point quarter—their highest of the season—to take a 60-28 lead into the lockers. O'Donnell completed her double-double by the break and needed just three dimes to turn the triple-double.

The Bears broke open the game even further in the third period that featured Porcasi's record-breaking three-pointer at the 3:57 mark.

The final frame saw the Gryphons play up to the Bears' pace but still being outscored by five. Deserae Sequeira (Clark, N.J./Arthur L. Johnson) would score back-to-back baskets to break the previous single-game high of 98 and to send the Bears past the century mark with over six minutes remaining in regulation.

Lauren Quesada (Westbury, N.Y./St. Francis Prep) would reach double-digit points in the fourth to record her fourth double-double game of the season. O'Donnell dished out three assists to complete the first triple-double game and just the fourth triple-double recorded in Division III women's basketball this year.

For the Bears

  • O'Donnell led all scorers with 29 points, 14 rebounds, a career-high 10 assists, and three steals.

  • Porcasi added 23 points and seven rebounds, shooting 8-for-14 (57 percent), and 7-for-10 from three-point land.

  • Quesada led the team in rebounds, pulling down 19 caroms with 14 points while Caitlyn Staab (Lynbrook, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) nabbed a season-high 16 points.

  • Freshman Briana Gomez (West Hempstead, N.Y /Kellenberg) rounded out five Bears in double-digit scoring with 12 points, matching her career- and-season high.

Next Up for the Bears

Winners of four of their last five, the Bears head out to Patchogue, N.Y. to take on sibling rivals St. Joseph's College (Long Island) (2-7, 1-2 Skyline) on Saturday (Dec. 5) in the second game of a doubleheader with the men. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. with links to live stats and video at SJCBears.com.

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