Jan. 8, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's women's basketball team opens its Atlantic 10 schedule this Saturday as the Hawks welcome Fordham to the Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena. The game, which is followed by Saint Joseph's men's team against Fordham, is set for a 1 p.m. start.
GAME STORIES . . .
The Hawks enter their matchup against the Rams with a 23-4 all-time record in A-10 openers.
Three of SJU's four losses in Atlantic 10 openers have come at home (1/16/93 - George Washington, L, 80-77; 1/9/07 - Temple, L, 59-53; 1/11/09 - Temple, L, 58-53).
Saturday's matchup is the first of two Jesuit Basketball Spotlight games the Hawks will play this season (Jesuit Basketball Spotlight notes available in the media room).
Saint Joseph's, which will also face Xavier later this season (Feb. 10), is 54-24 against fellow Jesuit institutions.
The Hawks enter Saturday's contest with a 28-3 edge in the all-time series versus Fordham, and haven't lost to the Rams since the 2004-05 season.
In its previous doubleheader with the men, Saint Joseph's fell to Seton Hall, 74-67 in overtime, on December 22, 2008 at the Palestra. Saint Joseph's men went on to defeat Cornell, 71-67, later that evening.
The Hawks are coming off a season-best nine three-point field goals at Maryland on Sunday, led by senior Amy Gillespie's trio of three pointers.
Series History - Saint Joseph's vs. Fordham
All-Time Series: SJU leads 28-3
Last Meeting: 2/18/09, SJU, 68-52
Last SJU Win: 2/18/09, 68-52
Last FOR Win: 2/4/05, 47-43
Current SJU Streak: W-7
Saturday's matchup between the two Jesuit universities is the 32nd meeting between the Hawks and Rams with SJU holding a 28-3 edge. The Hawks have posted a 14-2 mark at home versus the Rams, but their last loss to Fordham came at Hawk Hill (2/4/05 - L, 47-43). SJU won last year's meeting, 68-52, at Rose Hill Gym behind 16 points and nine rebounds from Ashley Logue.
LAST TIME OUT: SJU DROPS HARD-FOUGHT CONTEST AT MARYLAND
Saint Joseph's capped the road portion of its non-conference schedule with a hard-fought loss at Maryland, 79-69 on Sunday. Senior guard Amy Gillespie's 16 points helped spark a second-half surge that made it a single digit game for the majority of the second half before the final outcome.
TIME TO SHARE
Playing time has been spread equally over the first 14 games of the season for Saint Joseph's. Currently, 10 of 11 Hawks are averaging more than 10 minutes per game, with nine of them having started at least one game. In contrast to last year, senior Amy Gillespie's team-leading 27.7 minutes per game is more than five minutes below last year's leader in minute per game, Mary Kate McDade (32.8)
GRIFFIN CLOSES IN ON CAREER MILESTONES
Saint Joseph's head coach Cindy Griffin is within striking distance of two career milestones in 2009-10: her 150th win at SJU and her 200th career win. Griffin enters Saturday's game with 147 wins on Hawk Hill and 195 career wins at Loyola (Md.) and Saint Joseph's.
FORD NAMED TO PRESEASON A-10 ALL-CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM
SJU's leading scorer (10.6 ppg) and second-leading rebounder (4.6 rpg), senior forward Brittany Ford, was named to the Preseason All-Conference Third Team. An A-10 All-Conference Honorable Mention as a junior, Ford was SJU's most efficient player in 2008-09, shooting 48.4 percent, while ranking among the A-10 leaders in scoring (12.2 ppg), and blocks (1.0 bpg).
FOUR HAWKS EARN ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM ACCOLADES THIS YEAR
Senior guard Amy Gillespie and sophomore forward Kelly Cavallo earned Florida International Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team honors, while freshman guard Ashley Prim earned Hawk Classic MVP with senior forward Ashley Logue garnering All-Tournament Team accolades. At FIU, Gillespie led the Hawks in scoring (27 points) in the two games, while Cavallo posted a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) in SJU's win over the Golden Panthers and followed that with a career-best 15 points vs. St. John's. Named the Hawk Classic MVP, Prim averaged 12 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contests, while becoming the first SJU rookie guard to post a double-double in over two decades, scoring a career-high 18 points to go with 11 rebounds in the title game vs. Boston University. Logue averaged 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game at the Hawk Classic in earning her first individual honor.
DJOUARA ECLIPSES 1,000-POINT PLATEAU
Averaging 11.1 points per game for her collegiate career, senior guard Mariame Djouara surpassed the 1,000-point mark during the 2008-09 season. Before transferring to SJU, she was a two-year starter at South Plains College, amassing 768 points over 63 games. In her two seasons with the Hawks, Djouara has tallied 400 points, brining her career total to 1,168 points. She eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau with a 21-point performance at Saint Louis on Jan. 24, 2009.
THE UPS AND DOWNS OF WINS AND LOSSES
Offense has been the biggest difference between wins and losses this year for the Hawks. In Saint Joseph's six victories this season, the Hawks have shot 41.9 percent from the field (145-of-346) and averaged 70.0 points a game. In its eight losses, Saint Joseph's struggled to score, shooting just 35.9 percent from the floor (131-of-364) and averaging 57.3 points per game. Additionally, opponents are averaging 71.3 ppg in wins over the Hawks and just 50.8 ppg in losses.
FORD AMONGST SJU'S ALL-TIME BLOCKS LEADERS
Senior forward Brittany Ford enters Saturday's game fourth all-time in SJU history with 85 career blocks. Ford, who has averaged 0.90 blocks per game over 94 career contests, is seven rejections behind third place (Erica Pollock - 92) and 11 behind second place (Dale Hodges - 96). Current assistant coach, Stephanie McCaffrey (nee Graff) set the all-time record in blocks with 175 from 2000-04.
SAINT JOSEPH'S CLAIMS SEVENTH HAWK CLASSIC TITLE
Saint Joseph's claimed its seventh Hawk Classic title this past December as SJU topped Brown and Boston University for the 19th Annual Hawk Classic title. In the opener, SJU posted their best team effort of the season as all 11 Hawks scored in a 65-36 win over the Brown Bears. In the title game, SJU got 18 points and 11 rebounds from Hawk Classic MVP Ashley Prim as the Hawks downed the Terriers, 71-58. With the two wins, Saint Joseph's improved to 27-11 all-time at the Hawk Classic with its previous six torunament titles coming in 1993, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2007.
BRYANT, GILLESPIE AND LOGUE TO SERVE AS CAPTAINS IN 2009-10
Seniors Amy Gillespie and Ashley Logue and junior Dominique Bryant are serving as captains for the Hawks during the 2009-10 season. The trio are each in their first year of captaincy.
Freshman forward Ashley Robinson is red-shirting the 2009-10 season after suffering a leg injury during the preseason.
Saint Joseph's caps its non-conference schedule on Tuesday when the Hawks host Big 5 rival Penn. Game time is set for a noon tip as SJU hosts its annual kids' day game.