PHILADELPHIA - Behind a season-best 52.5 percent shooting, the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team topped Massachusetts, 81-50, Saturday afternoon at Hagan Arena.
Led by a career-high 18 points from sophomore Kristalyn Baisden and an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double from junior Adashia Franklyn, the Hawks (4-11, 1-2 Atlantic 10) took control from the tip as they ran out to a 19-11 lead after the opening quarter.
The Minutewomen (7-10, 1-3 A-10) cut their deficit to just four, 21-17, with 7:29 to play in the second quarter, but Saint Joseph's answered back with a 13-2 run as Basiden capped the spurt with one of her game-high six three-pointers.
Massachusetts cut the Hawks' lead to nine, 34-25, with under a minute to play in the half, however Saint Joseph's got back-to-back three-pointers from rookie Katie Armstrong and sophomore Alyssa Monaghan to give the hosts a 40-25 lead after 20 minutes.
Coming off a hot end to the stanza, the Hawks carried the momentum into the third quarter as they scored the first 14 points. A pair of free throws by Franklyn capped a 20-0 run that spanned two quarters to give SJU a 54-25 lead.
The Hawks went on to outscore UMass 31-6 in the third quarter and pushed ahead by as many as 46 in the fourth en route to picking up their first conference win of the year.
For the game, SJU went 31-of-59 from the field, including 12-of-19 from behind the arc (63.2 percent) and 7-of-11 from the foul line (63.6 percent).
Joining Baisden and Franklyn in double figures were Monaghan with 12 points and junior Chelsea Woods with 10 points. Senior Amanda Fioravanti had a game-high six assists to go with eight points and seven rebounds.
At the other end, Massachusetts was held to 17-of-53 from the field (32.1 percent) and 4-of-14 from three-point range (28.6 percent). Maggie Mulligan led Massachusetts with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Saint Joseph's returns to action on Wednesday when the Hawks host VCU on their annual Fieldtrip Day for area youth. Game time is set for 11:30 a.m.
Game Notes: The Hawks are now 48-10 all-time versus UMass...SJU finished with a 35-30 edge in rebounds...The Hawks had a season-high 21 assists...Senior Mackenzie Rule scored five points and had four assists...Armstrong chipped in with five points and two assists...Sophomore Michala Clay had five points, four rebounds and two assists...Senior Jazmin Horne added an assist...Classmate Jaryn Garner finished with two rebounds.