RICHMOND, Va. - Shooting 71.4 percent in the third quarter, the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team pulled away from host VCU and held on for an 80-70 victory at the Siegel Center on Wednesday evening
Playing in their final road contest of the season, the Hawks got a 19-point, 10 rebound double-double from junior Adashia Franklyn and the first career double-double from sophomore Sarah Veilleux, a 17-point, 11-rebound, as SJU improved to 13-13 overall and moved to 10-4 in the Atlantic 10.
Tied 33-33 at the half, the Hawks quickly took control in the third quarter. Ahead 38-37, Saint Joseph's used a 16-1 run over a four minute span as a layup by junior Chelsea Woods put her team up 54-38 at 3:14.
VCU (13-14, 6-8 A-10) cut the Hawks' lead to eight late, but SJU finished the game going 9-of-10 from the foul line to seal the victory.
For the game, Saint Joseph's went 28-of-57 from the field (49.1 percent), 9-of-18 from three-point range and 15-of-19 from the foul line (78.9 percent).
At the other end, the Rams went 25-of-56 from the floor (44.6 percent), 6-of-10 from behind the arc and 14-of-23 from the foul line (60.9 percent). Keira Robinson led three VCU players in double figures with 19 points.
The Hawks are back in action on Saturday at 2 p.m. versus Davidson. Saint Joseph's will honor its senior class with a postgame ceremony.
Game Notes: The Hawks finished with a 35-30 edge in rebounds...Senior Amanda Fioravanti had six points and six rebounds...Sophomore Kristalyn Baisden had a point and four assists...Senior Jaryn Garner finished with three assists, three steals and two rebounds...Freshman Katie Armstrong played two minutes...SJU won both matchups versus VCU this season, downing the Rams 64-58 earlier this year.