The Lady Bears (8-5) got double-doubles from both Taylor Raccuglia (Brooklyn/Bishop Kearney) and Samantha Retas (Brooklyn/Bishop Kearney).
Raccuglia tallied 17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and also blocked a career-high-tying five shots. Retas chipped in 10 points and snagged 10 boards.
Kelly McNamee (Glendale/Mary Louis) scored a team-high 18 points and dished four assists and Megan Moran (Syosset, N.Y./St. Dominic’s) came up one rebound shy of a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds in the win.
Despite coming into the game winless, the NCAA Tournament qualifiers in 13 out of the last 14 years made it a competitive game throughout, but it was the Lady Bears who led most of the game, an 8-0 run over four minutes giving St. Joseph’s a 23-16 lead at 9:27 in the first half and they would never trail again