By John Manley
Did anybody see this coming? Anna Maguire came off the bench to score a game-high 23 points in St. Peter’s 72-56 loss to Yale in New Haven, Connecticut last Tuesday in women’s basketball. Maguire, a 5-6 sophomore out of Belfast who was buried deep on the bench in her freshman year, made eight of 15 shots from the field, including seven of 12 outside the three-point perimeter. That was one three-pointer shy of the program record. She also got credit for four rebounds. Her scoring output represents a career high. The Peacocks dropped to 4-5 on Friday when they fell, 69-45, to visiting Fullerton State. Maguire’s 12 points paced St. Peter’s. She made four of 11 shots from long range.
Whitney Moia registered game highs in rebounds (13) and blocks (6) as MidAmerica Nazarene defeated Mount Mercy, 73-60, in Olathe, Kansas on Saturday. The Dublin senior also scored seven points, hitting three of nine field goal attempts and one of two free throws. The Pioneers are 10-1.
Jordan Blount erupted for a career-high 27 points to lead Illinois-Chicago past Illinois State, 94-75, at home last Wednesday. Blount, a 6-8 junior from Cork, canned 11 of 16 field goat attempts, including one of three from the Loop, and four of seven from the charity stripe. He also got credit for seven caroms and five steals. Blount then scored 20 points in Saturday’s 84-72 road loss to Colorado. He shot 9-of-12 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the foul line. He also got credit for six rebounds and two steals. The Flames are 4-6.
[An interview with Jordan Blount can be found on this webpage.]
Sean Gilmore achieved his first double-double of the season in Colby’s 92-76 victory over Maine-Farmington on the road last Tuesday. Gilmore, a 6-7 junior from San Francisco, scored 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor and 2-of-2 from the foul line. He also had 10 rebounds and a team-high five assists, all in 19 minutes off the bench. He then played 20 minutes of Colby’s 86-69 victory over Bates and left the arena as the game’s high scorer. He scored 20 points, hitting nine of 14 shots from the floor, including one of two from Kennebunkport, and he made his only free throw. Gilmore is a product of the Irish national basketball program. The Mules are now 8-2.
Derrick Okunpolor scored six points and brought down five caroms as Molloy ran roughshod over LIU-Post, 97-68, on the loser’s floor last Wednesday. Okunpolor, a 6-5 senior who is a Belfast native, connected on three of seven shots from the floor.
Harvard ripped Dartmouth, 9-0, in Cambridge, Massachusetts last Wednesday with Hannah Craig coming through at no. 7 for the Crimson. The Belfast sophomore took care of Junnat Anwar, 11-9, 13-11, 11-6.