PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's women's basketball team rides a five game win streak into its Big 5 opener at Temple on Wednesday. The Hawks, coming off an 84-69 win at Quinnipiac on Sunday, will face the Owls at 5:30 p.m. at McGonigle Hall, with free audio streaming provided by the Saint Joseph's Sports Network.
GAME STORIES . . .
The Hawks play their third of four straight road games this Wednesday as they travel to Temple.
• Wednesday’s game is the Big 5 opener for Saint Joseph’s and the first of two straight Big 5 games as the Hawks travel to Villanova on Saturday.
• SJU enters Wednesday second all-time in wins in the Big 5 (98-35), two behind Villanova (100), and have won a share of 15 Big 5 titles, the most recent in 2008-09.
• The Hawks hold a 41-34 edge in the all-time series against Temple, including a 49-41 overtime win last season at Hagan Arena on February 17.
• Last year’s win over the Owls snapped a 13-game losing streak for Saint Joseph’s.
• Of the last 16 meetings, 15 of the games between the Hawks and Temple have been decided by 10 points or fewer.
• Saint Joseph’s is 13-17 all-time at Temple and has lost nine straight road games in the series. The Hawks last road win was a 49-47 victory on January 26, 2003.
• Saint Joseph’s has won five straight overall and are 3-1 on the road this season.
• The Hawks are coming off an 84-69 win at Quinnipiac on Sunday as they overcame an 11-point halftime deficit.
• Sunday’s contest was the third straight game in which Saint Joseph’s defeated a team that won its league last year. Liberty was the reigning Big South champs, while the Princeton captured the Ivy League title last year and Quinnipiac won the NEC.
Series History - Saint Joseph’s vs. Temple
All-Time Series: SJU leads 41-34 *
Last Meeting: 2/17/13, SJU, 49-41 OT
Last SJU Win: 2/17/13, 49-41 OT
Last TU Win: 2/22/12, 75-65
Current SJU Streak: W-1
* - The all-time series reflects a game played during the 1973-74 season in which SJU was competing at the Division I level while Temple was not.
FAIRBANKS NAMED BIG 5 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Averaging 20.5 points per game en route to helping the Saint Joseph's to a 2-0 record, sophomore forward Sarah Fairbanks was named Big 5 Player of the Week for the week of November 18-24. In SJU’s 70-52 win over Drexel, the starting post player tallied a career-high 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting and 3-of-3 from the foul line. Fairbanks followed with a team-best 20 points, adding five rebounds and a pair of steals in the Hawks’ 77-65 win over Liberty. For the week, Fairbanks shot 62.5 percent from the floor and converted 11-of-14 from the foul line, while adding 5.5 rebounds per game.
SHIELDS NEARS 1,000 POINT PLATEAU
Senior guard Erin Shields is nearing the 1,000 point plateau for her career as she enters Wednesday’s game 37 points shy of the mark. A four-year letterwinner, Shields has tallied 963 points over 104 games, averaging 9.3 points per game for her career. Additionally, Shields passed her mother, Renie (932 points), on SJU’s all-time scoring list with a three-pointer at 10:22 mark of the first half in the Hawks’ victory at Princeton on November 26.
TRIO OF HAWKS TO SERVE AS CAPTAINS IN 2013-14
Senior Erin Shields, redshirt junior Ashley Robinson and junior Natasha Cloud are serving as team captains this season. Shields is serving as a team captain for the second straight year, while Robinson and Cloud are captains for the first time this season.
FAIRBANKS’ STRONG START
It has been a productive opening few weeks for sophomore forward Sarah Fairbanks. Earning playing time as a reserve last season, she tallied 49 points and grabbed 60 rebounds over 27 contests. Starting all seven games, Fairbanks blossomed this season having already more than doubled her scoring output of last year with 120 points as she leads SJU in scoring. Ranking as the team-leader in rebounds (49) and blocked shots (six), the Elizabethtown, Pa., native is also leading the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage (.610).
ANDREWS ADDING OFFENSIVE PUNCH
A key reserve this season, sophomore guard Ciara Andrews has proven to be a major piece to the Hawks’ puzzle in 2013-14. Appearing in all seven games and averaging 17.7 minutes per game, Andrews has already surpassed almost all her statistical totals from a season ago. Below is a comparison of Andrews’ two seasons.
Points 20 68
Rebounds 7 16
Assists 1 9
Steals 4 10
Minutes 45 124
Field Goals 8 21
Field Goal Attempts 19 41
3-PT Field Goals 0 2
3-PT Field Goal Attempts 1 5
Free Throws 4 24
Free Throw Attempts 10 25