USJ Claims Tip-Off Tournament Title For First Time Since 2011

The University of Saint Joseph women’s basketball team was clicking on all cylinders on November 13, claiming the crown in the USJ Tip-off Tournament, presented by Coca-Cola Beverages Northeast, in a 66-44 win over the Raptors of Bard College in non-conference action. The Blue Jays won the tournament for the first time since 2011, and the sixth time in tournament history. USJ also recorded twenty assists in both games this weekend; Saint Joseph hasn’t had twenty assists in consecutive games since November 19 and 21 of 2013.

The Raptors came out strong on an 8-0 run, led by senior guard Christina Kiser one of the top scorers in the nation. The Blue Jays answered though with an 11-1 run to take the lead. It would be the last lead change of the game, as USJ, behind a plethora of passes in the paint and in transition, picked apart the Bard defense en route to their second straight win. Both men’s and women’s basketball hoisted the championship plaque in their respective home tournaments in the last seven days.

Freshman guard Maya Slisz who had a double-double Friday night against Lesley, and eight points in the win over Bard Saturday, was voted the MVP of the USJ Tip-Off Tournament. Sophomore forward Olivia Heslin, also made the all-tournament team.

Maya Slisz said on winning MVP and the team’s success, “It means everything to me. Anyone on the team deserved the MVP because we played so well together this weekend. I’m just so proud of myself and my teammates. The coaches tell us to focus on defense every day and share the ball as best as we can to get everybody involved. We just have to continue to keep our energy up, rebound, box out, and get our teammates open looks to give us opportunities to put points on the board.”

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