PRINCETON, N.J. - The Saint Joseph's women's basketball team improved to 5-1 on the season with a 74-65 win at Princeton Tuesday evening at Jadwin Gymnasium. The Hawks' Erin Shields led four SJU players in double figures with a game-high 18 points.
Leading 43-40 early in the second half, Saint Joseph's quickly pulled away from the reigning Ivy League champions. Behind a 14-1 run, the Hawks opened a 57-41 lead on a jumper by Sarah Fairbanks at 14:39. The SJU defense cause four turnovers and limited the Tigers to 0-for-3 from the field and 1-for-4 from the foul line during the four minute span.
Saint Joseph's would push its lead to as many as 18 points in the final period as it shot 44.8 percent from the floor (26-for-58) overall, and converted 19-of-23 from the foul line for 82.6 percent.
In the first half, the Hawks would pull away from the Tigers to open a 29-20 advantage on a Shields' three-pointer at 8:16.
The separation wouldn't last long as Princeton (2-3) cut the score to 39-38, before SJU scored four straight points to end the half and take a 43-38 lead into halftime.
Individually, Fairbanks and senior Ilze Gotfrida each tallied 16 points for the Hawks, while Ciara Andrews tallied 10 points off the bench. Junior Natasha Cloud finished with a game-high seven assists to go with three steals and seven rebounds.
Alex Wheatley led three Tigers in double figures with 14 points as Princeton shot 47.9 percent overall (23-for-48), but shot just 14-of-25 from the foul line (56 percent) and turned the ball over 17 times.
Saint Joseph's returns to action this Sunday at Quinnipiac at 1 p.m.
GAME NOTES: Saint Joseph's finished with a 35-32 rebounding advantage...Senior Kelsey Berger added six points and three rbeounds...Freshman Jessica Pongonis added a point and a rebound...Freshman Lisanne de Jonge grabbed a rebound and had a blocked shot...Freshmen Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Geena Gomez played six minutes and one minute, respectively...Erin Shields missed her first free throw in 35 attemtps, falling one shy of the SJU record of 35 set by Ellen Shields in 1988-89.