PHILADELPHIA - A strong second half by James Madison lifted the Dukes past the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team, 85-72, Wednesday evening at Hagan Arena.
Led by 12 of junior Adashia Franklyn's career-high 20 points, the Hawks (3-9) took a 49-40 lead into the second half. But the Dukes quickly took control of the game in the third quarter.
Outscoring Saint Joseph's 15-4 for the quarter, James Madison's Precious Hall knocked down a three-pointer to give her team its first lead, 55-53, with 14 seconds left in the third period.
The Dukes, who held the Hawks to just 2-of-15 from the field in the third, traded buckets with SJU over the opening few minutes of the fourth as it continued to hold a one-possession game.
Ahead 63-61, James Madison used an 8-2 lead over a two-minutes span to open a 71-63 advantage with 4:23 to play.
Saint Joseph's would get no closer than five points from there as James Madison moved to 3-1 all-time versus the Hawks.
In a tale of two halves, the Hawks led the way in the first quarter as they ran out to a 17-4 lead. Holding the Dukes to just 2-of-6 shooting, Saint Joseph's couldn't miss over the opening four minutes as it went 7-of-7 from the field, including 3-of-3 from three-point range.
The Hawks would push their lead to as many as 17 in the half before entering the halftime ahead 49-40.
For the game, the Hawks finished 28-of-68 from the field (41.2 percent), 9-of-19 from three-point range (40.9 percent) and 7-of-10 from the foul line.
Franklyn added four assists and four rebounds to go with her team-high 20 points. Sophomore Kristalyn Baisden tallied a career-best 13 points in a reserve role, while classmate Alyssa Monaghan finished with 13 points as well. Sophomore Sarah Veilleux was the fourth Hawk in double figures, finishing with 10 points.
At the other end, James Madison got a game-high 22 points from Lexie barrier as the Dukes finished 31-of-69 from the field (44.9 percent), 6-of-15 from behind the arc and 17-of-23 from the foul line (73.9 percent).
Saint Joseph's returns to action this Saturday as it opens Atlantic 10 play at Richmond at 2 p.m.
Game Notes: Senior Amanda Fioravanti added seven points, six rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists...Classmate Mackenzie Rule scored four points and had four assists and four rebounds...Freshman Katie Armstrong added three points on her first career three-pointer...Senior Jaryn Garner added two points and two rebounds...Classmate Jazmin Horne had an assist...Sophomore Michala Clay added a rebound.