Redshirt freshman Katie Jekot led the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team in scoring for the second straight game, but it wasn't enough as the Hawks fell to VCU, 65-47, on Sunday at Hagan Arena.
Coming off a career-best 24 points at Dayton last Sunday, Jekot paced SJU with 15 points and added four rebounds and a pair of steals, while senior Alyssa Monaghan returned to the lineup to add 11 points and four assists as the Hawks moved to 6-15 on the year and 2-6 in Atlantic 10 play.
After a slow start to the game that saw the Hawks hold a 5-3 edge, VCU closed out the period on a 10-2 run to open a 13-6 edge.
Behind a 6-0 run early in the second quarter, Saint Joseph's cut the Rams' lead to 17-16 on a jumper by Lula Roig at 4:56, but VCU pushed its lead back to five.
Ahead 28-23 to start the third quarter, VCU scored the first six points of the period to up its lead to 35-23 on a basket by Tera Reed with 8:36 left in the quarter.
A pair of Monaghan free throws capped a 6-0 run for the Hawks to make it 35-29, but that is as close as they'd get as the Rams' held Saint Joseph's to just 7-24 shooting (29.2 percent) in the second half as they pulled away for the win.
For the game, SJU shot 35.4 percent from the floor (17-48), 31.3 percent from three-point range (5-16) and hit 8-12 from the foul line. Roig finished with eight points and four assists in a reserve role.
Reed led VCU (16-6, 8-1 A-10) with a game-high 18 points as the Rams finished the game shooting 41.5 percent (22-53) overall, knocked down 5-15 from behind the arc and 16-24 from the foul line.
The Hawks return to action Wednesday as they host Davidson at 7 p.m.
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