HAMDEN, Conn. - Behind a dominant second half performance, the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team downed Quinnipiac, 84-69, Sunday afternoon at the TD Bank Sports Center. Shooting 68.6 percent from the field and holding the Bobcats to just 29.4 percent shooting in the second half, the Hawks overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to outscore Quinnipiac 53-27 and improve to 6-1 on the season.
Trailing 42-31 to start the second half, Saint Joseph's took full control out of the lockerrooms using a 16-2 run to make a 47-44 game on a three-pointer by Erin Shields at 16:39.
Quinnipiac (3-4) would never regain the lead as the Hawks continued to overwhelm the Bobcats, extending their lead to as many as 17.
The Hawks opened aggressively in the first half, opening a 17-9 lead on a layup by Erin Shields at 12:22.
Quinnipiac would answer to take a 25-21 lead at 4:34 as a three-pointer by Maria Napolitano capped a 16-4 run.
Saint Joseph's would tie the game at 25 on a fast break jumper by Ciara Andrews, but the Bobcats would dominate the final four minutes. Behind a 17-6 run, Quinnipiac took a 42-31 lead into halftime as it hit 6-of-7 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the foul line, while limiting the Hawks to just 3-of-6 from the field and caused two turnover in the final moments of the first period.
Individually, senior Ilze Gotfrida tallied a season-best 20 points and added nine rebounds, while Shields finished with 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Sophomore Sarah Fairbanks added nine rebounds, four assists and 17 points, with Ciara Andrews chipping in with 12 points off the bench. Junior Natasha Cloud added nine points and a career-best 13 assists, tying for the sixth most in a single game in team history.
As a team, the Hawks shot 59.1 percent overall (39-of-66), 41.7 percent from three-point range (5-of-12) and hit 1-of-2 from the foul line. Saint Joseph's finished with a 39-31 edge in rebounding and outscored the Bobcats 52-30 in the paint.
At the other end, Jasmine Martin led four Quinnipiac players in double figures with 15 points. As a team, the Bobcats shot 40.3 percent from the floor (27-of-67), 31.6 percent from behind the arc (6-of-19) and hit 9-of-11 from the foul line (81.8 percent).
Saint Joseph's returns to action this Wednesday at Temple at 5:30 p.m.
GAME NOTES: Saint Joseph's snapped a 17-game home winning streak by Quinnipiac...Senior Kelsey Berger finished with two points, two assists and two rebounds...Freshman Lisanne de Jonge added three points a rebound, a blocked shot and an assist...Freshman Jessica Pongonis had four rebounds and two points...Freshman Kathleen Fitzpatrick added a rebound...Freshman Geena Gomez played two minutes.