“I was proud of our effort today against an extremely tough opponent, especially at home,” said head coach Joe Tartamella. “I thought we controlled the second half and that was the difference in the game.”
For the game, the Red Storm (13-3, 4-1) limited the Bluejays to just 23.9 percent shooting from the floor and 19.2 percent from beyond the arc.
“We knew coming in it was going to be tough, especially after Friday,” Tartamella said. “We were pretty disappointed with the way that we played against Butler and some things that occurred during that game.
Aliyyah Handford scored 18 of her game-high 22 points in the second half, shooting 8-of-11 from the floor in the latter stanza. The junior guard also pulled down nine boards and dished out three assists, narrowly missing a double-double.
Jade Walker and Danaejah Grant also reached double figures, scoring 12 and 11 points, respectively. Grant added seven rebounds, while Walker also chipped in three blocks and four assists, setting a new career-high for helpers.
The sixth-leading rebounder in the nation heading into Sunday’s contest, Amber Thompson grabbed nine boards and turned away a pair of shots. Thompson, the school’s all-time leading rebounder, tallied her 900th board during the game.
Next up for the Red Storm women is a home game at Carnesecca Arena against DePaul on Friday, January 16. Tip-off is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.