KINGSTON, R.I. - Outscoring Rhode Island 22-12 in the fourth quarter, the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team rallied for a 55-48 victory over the Rams on Sunday afternoon at the Ryan Center.
Led by senior Alyssa Monaghan's game-high 22 points, the Hawks improved to 7-7 in the Atlantic 10 and 11-16 overall as they enter the final week of the regular season.
Fighting back from as many as 13 points behind, Saint Joseph's entered the fourth quarter down 36-33 and quickly tied it behind three points by Monaghan.
After trading baskets, Rhode Island retook the lead, 40-38, but that was the last time the Rams would be ahead.
Using a 7-0 run, the Hawks opened a 45-40 edge on a pair of free throws by Kristalyn Baisden with 4:13 to play.
Rhode Island (7-19, 2-12 A-10) cut the SJU lead to 45-42, but the Hawks rattled off six straight points as Monaghan beat the shot clock with a three-pointer from the corner at 1:52 to make it 51-42.
The Rams would get no closer than five from there as the Hawks picked up their third consecutive road win.
For the game, Saint Joseph's shot 34 percent from the field (16-47) and 28.6 percent from three-point range (6-21), but shot 89.5 percent from the foul line (17-19), including 13-15 in the fourth quarter. And with the 21 three-point attempts, the Hawks upped their season total to 526, surpassing the single-season record of 511 set by the 1997-98 team.
Individually, Baisden added 13 points to go with a team-high three assists and three steals, while sophomore Mary Sheehan grabbed a team-best six rebounds and scored 10 points.
Nicole Jorgensen led Rhode Island with a 21-point, 11-rebound performance as the Rams finished the game shooting 33.3 percent from the floor (18-54), 13.3 percent from behind the arc (2-15) and 83.3 percent from the line (10-12).
The Hawks cap the road portion of their schedule on Wednesday as they head to George Mason for a 4 p.m. matchup with the Patriots.
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