Saint Joseph's senior Chelsea Woods became the 26th player in women's basketball history to reach 1,000 career points as the Hawks topped Richmond, 81-72, Wednesday afternoon at Hagan Arena in front of hundreds of area school children as part of Education Day.
Backed by 20 points, 11 rebounds and six assists from Woods, and a game-high 25 points from junior Sarah Veilleux, the Hawks controlled the momentum for a majority of the game as they improved to 8-8 overall and 3-1 in the Atlantic 10.
After a fast-paced first quarter that had four lead changes and five ties, Saint Joseph's held a 25-19 edge as it scored the final seven points of the period.
Leading 29-24, the Hawks began to pull away from Richmond midway through the second as they used a 7-0 spurt to open a 36-24 advanatge on a layup by graduate student Jaryn Garner with 6:05 to play in the period.
Saint Joseph's pushed its lead to as many as 17 in the second quarter, but the Spiders battled back to make it 54-47 in favor of SJU on a jumper by Alex Parson with 1:08 to go in the third quarter.
Sparked by a layup by Veilleux, the Hawks went on a 12-0 run to open a 66-47 gap with 8:28 left in the game. Woods capped the run as she reached the 1,000-point milestone for her career on a fast-break layup off a feed from junior Alyssa Monaghan.
Slowly chipping away at Saint Joseph's lead, Richmond would get no closer than the final score.
For the game, Saint Joseph's shot 45.6 percent from the field (21-of-68), 41.7 percent from three-point range (5-of-12) and hit 14-of-20 from the foul line.
Joining Veilleux and Woods in double figures was senior Adashia Franklyn who finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and three assists, while Monaghan matched Woods with a game-high six assists and had seven points and five rebounds.
Saint Joseph's head coach Cindy Griffin also reached a milestone on Wednesday as she recorded her 150th A-10 win. Griffin is 298-221 over 17 seasons at Hawk Hill and 150-96 in conference games.
At the other end, Micaela Parson led Richmond with 21 points, while her sister, Alex, added 18 points. As a team, Richmond shot 38.2 percent from the field (23-of-68), hit 35.3 percent from behind the arc (6-of-17) and went 14-of-16 from the foul line.
The Hawks are back in action this Saturday at Massachusetts at 2 p.m.
Game Notes: SJU finished with a 49-29 edge in rebounding...The Hawks had 21 second-chance points...Graduate student Amanda Fioravanti added nine points, four rebounds and had three assists...Garner finished with four points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals...Junior Michala Clay added two points and an assist...Freshman Lula Roig scored a point...Freshman Mary Sheehan added a rebound...Junior Kristalyn Baisden played 10 minutes...Senior Avery Marz played a minute...Woods now has 1,005 career points and ranks 26th all-time.
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