OLEAN, N.Y. - The Saint Joseph's women's basketball team earned a gutsy 70-64 victory at St. Bonaventure on Wednesday evening at the Reilly Center.
Falling behind 60-57 with less than three minutes to play after leading by as many as 18, the Hawks composed themselves and battled back. Sparked by back-to-back layups by junior Kristalyn Baisden, the Hawks regained the lead, 61-60, at the 1:40 mark.
Following a free throw by senior Chelsea Woods and a defensive stop, Baisden struck again, this time with a dagger three-pointer from the wing to give her team a 65-60 lead with 35 seconds to play. Saint Joseph's allowed the Bonnies to get no closer as the Hawks improved to 7-7 overall and 2-0 in the Atlantic 10.
In the first half, the Hawks jumped out to a 36-19 lead at the half thanks to staunch defense that held St. Bonaventure to just 17.9 percent shooting (5-of-28).
Building a 40-22 lead early in the third quarter, Saint Joseph's saw its advantage completely erased by the end of the period. Down 40-22, St. Bonavenutre (5-10, 0-2 A-10) went on a 25-8 run over a seven minute span to take a 49-48 lead on Mariah Ruff's fifth three-pointer of the quarter.
The Hawks would enter the fourth tied at 50 before fighting back in the final minutes to earn the win.
For the game, SJU shot 36.6 percent from the field (26-of-71), 25.9 percent from three-point range (7-of-27) and hit 11-of-20 free throws. The Hawks also got 25 second chance points as they finished with a 52-34 edge in rebounding.
Individually, graduate student Amanda Fioravanti posted her first double-double of the season as she finished with a team-high 16 points to go with a game-high 13 rebounds. Baisden scored 15 points, while Woods finished with a 14-points, 11-rebound double-double and added a team-best three assists. Junior Alyssa Monaghan was the fourth Hawk in double figures ash she scored 13 points and matched her career-high with eight rebounds.
At the other end, Ruff led all scorers with 31 points on 11-of-22 shooting, including 8-of-15 from behind the arc. As a team, St. Bonaventure shot 36.7 percent overall (22-60), 37 percent from three-point range (10-of-27) and hit 10-of-12 from the foul line.
The Hawks are back in action this Sunday when they host Dayton at 2 p.m.
Game Notes: SJU is now 40-13 all-time versus St. Bonaventure...Senior Adashia Franklyn finished with nine rebounds and six points...Freshman Mary Sheehan had a season-best six points and added two blocks, a rebound, an assist and a steal...graduate student Jaryn Garner had two rebounds and an assist...Junior Michala Clay grabbed a rebound.
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