RICHMOND, Va. - A pair of free throws with 16 seconds to play lifted Richmond to a 46-45 victory over the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team on Wednesday evening at the Robins Center.
Ahead by as many as eight to start the fourth quarter, the Hawks entered the final minute up 45-44 with the ball, but couldn't convert as the Spiders got a defensive rebound with :25.1 to go.
Out of a timeout, Richmond's Aniyah Carpenter drove the lane, but missed on her layup attempt. With a loose ball coming off the rim, the Hawks were whistled for a foul away from the ball.
Amy Duggan calmly made a pair of free throws to put Richmond ahead, 46-45 with :16 seconds to left to play.
Using its final timeout, the Hawks worked the ball to senior Alyssa Monaghan out of the stoppage. Driving down the right side of the lane, her floater missed off the rim as the ball bounced away as the buzzer sounded.
In a defensive matchup, SJU found itself down by 11 to start the third quarter, but blitzed back to take control of the game. Using a 21-4 run to over the final 8:42 of the period to enter the fourth up 41-35.
Saint Joseph's pushed its lead to 43-35 to start the final quater, but Richmond rallied to take a 44-43 lead on a Carpenter layup with 2:08 to play.
For the game, the Hawks went 18-50 from the field, 5-19 from three-point range (26.3 percent) and 4-10 from the foul line. Monaghan lead all scorers with 14 points and added a team-best seven rebounds, while Katie Jekot finished with 11 points as SJU moved to 6-13 overall and 2-4 in Atlantic 10 play.
Richmond (4-15, 1-5 A-10) finished the game shooting 32.8 percent (19-58), 5.9 from three-point range (1-17) and 63.6 percent from the foul line (7-11). Jaide Hinds Clarke posted a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double for the Spiders, while Daijia Ruffin added 10 points in a reserve role.
Saint Joseph’s heads to Dayton for a Sunday noon tip against the Flyers. The game will be nationally broadcast on ESPNU.
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