Six Bears Reach Double-Figures as Women’s Basketball Earns Decisive Win Over Yeshiva

Six Bears Reach Double-Figures as Women’s Basketball Earns Decisive Win Over Yeshiva

NEW YORK — Kelly O'Donnell (Brooklyn, N.Y./St. Edmund Prep) led six players in double figures with a 20-point, 23-rebound double-double as the St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) women's basketball team (3-2, 2-0 Skyline) ran away with a 98-59 victory at Yeshiva University (3-2, 1-1 Skyline) on Tuesday night.

The Bears' 98 points were the most scored in program history and the win preserved their undefeated mark in league play.

How It Happened
The game was neck-and-neck for the majority of the first quarter as Chana Boltax drained a triple to bring Yeshiva within three (11-8) at the 3:17 mark. However, SJC outscored the hosts 13-0 for the remainder of the period, with seven of those points coming from Lauren Quesada (Westbury, N.Y./St. Francis Prep), to establish a 24-8 lead after one.

St. Joseph's put the game away in the second quarter as they pieced together a 23-4 run over the first five minutes pushing their advantage to 47-12. The Bears would go on to lead 59-27 at the break and they were powered by Quesada who scored all 14 of her points in the first half.

The second half was slightly closer, but the Bears still outscored YU 39-32 over the final two periods. Coach Flahive relied on his bench towards the end of the contest and they successfully closed things out led by eight points from Briana Gomez (West Hempstead, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) in the final frame.

For the Bears

  • O'Donnell's 20-point, 23-rebound double-double was the first 20-20 game in women's basketball history while she also chipped in six assists and two steals.
  • Senior Victoria Porcasi (Franklin Square, N.Y./H. Frank Carey) notched 15 points as well as four rebounds, three assists, and a block.
  • Quesada added nine boards, two assists, a steal, and a block to her 14 points.
  • Rookie Jamie Provino (Harrison, N.Y./Harrison) tallied the second double-digit scoring game of her career with a season-high tying 12 points (four rebounds, two assists, one steal).
  • Caitlyn Staab (Lynbrook, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) put up 10 points, six rebounds, and four blocks as all five starters reached double-figures for the first time all season.
  • Gomez dropped 12 points off the bench for her first collegiate game in double-figures (seven rebounds, two blocks).

Next Up for the Bears
Another Skyline battle on the road at Mount Saint Vincent on Thursday (Nov. 29) at 6 p.m. Live stats will be available at