Wagner 69 Saint Peter's 67: Points of Emphasis

Jersey City, NJ - Saint Peter’s led for most of the night. In the end the host Peacocks were unable to close it out. In a game with six ties and five lead changes, Wagner defeated Saint Peter’s 69-67 at Run Baby Run Arena. Wednesday’s game saw Wagner win their second straight, improving to 2-5. Saint Peter’s now has an identical 2-5 ledger as well.

Good start. Saint Peter’s came out strong, building a 20-13 lead after the first period. Coach Terrell Coburn’s Seahawks turned the ball over six times in their first ten possessions. For the period they had seven turnovers which (19 possessions) translates into an abysmally high 37% turnover rate. Saint Peter’s enjoyed a 105-68 advantage in offensive efficiency. Good ball movement and some nice work inside by 6’1" Fatmata Janneh were highlights in coach Jennifer Leedham’s offense in the early going.

Turnovers. Just as those empty possessions favored Saint Peter’s early, they proved to be the ultimate downfall. Wagner settled down after their rough start. For the game they had 18 turnovers (21% TO rate). Saint Peter’s was forced into 19 turnovers (22% rate). The damage was done as Wagner enjoyed a 24-16 edge in points off turnovers. In a one possession game that proved to be the difference.

Finishing. Saint Peter’s had the lead for over 30 minutes in this contest. In the final period they enjoyed a 12 point advantage. They couldn’t close it out. "Their (Wagner) press didn’t bother us as much early," Leedham said. "Late in the game the pressure wore us down."

That is something this young team is still learning. How to win. Last year they were winless, 0-30. This season there are two in the books. Regardless, they are still in the all important process of realizing what it takes to finish it out. As Leedham noted, they were bothered by pressure late. The Peacocks also struggled from the charity stripe, especially that final stanza. They shot 9 of 19 for a 47% mark.

Making plays. In the stretch Wagner came up clutch. Taleah Washington, a game high 23 point scorer had several crucial three pointers to keep the Peacocks from gaining separation. The 5’7" graduate guard hit a foul line jumper with two seconds remaining. That proved the difference as following a time out, Saint Peter’s’ Rachel Kuhl missed a last second three point attempt.

Numbers: In a 70 possession game, Wagner held a slight 100-96 advantage in offensive efficiency. Peacocks actually had a better efficiency than their recent win at LIU when they finished with an 84 OE.

Janneh paced Saint Peter’s with 21 points and was the game high rebounder with 12. Beside her inside prowess, the MAAC Rookie of the Week showed the ability to hit from outside and run the floor exceptionally well. Jada Leonard added 20. Carys Roy, another freshman, impressed for Saint Peter's. The 6’3" center scored six points with five blocked shots and eight rebounds in 19 minutes.

Wagner shot 42% from the floor, Saint Peter’s 41. Seahawks also led in rebounding 39-37.

Leedham could take positives from this setback. The second year mentor is looking for improved point guard play and overall accountability. Her message to her players and staff remains, "stay the course and don’t get frustrated."

Saint Peter’s travels to NJIT this upcoming Tuesday. Wagner visits Columbia on Sunday.