AMHERST, Mass. - Battling back from a six-point halftime deficit, the Saint Joseph's women's basketball downed Massachusetts, 84-79, on Saturday afternoon at the Mullins Center.

Saint Joseph's improved to 9-8 overall and 4-1 in the Atlantic 10 with the win, as junior Alyssa Monaghan and senior Chelsea Woods led five Hawks in double figures with 19 points apiece.

Down 46-40 to start the third quarter, the Hawks quickly battled back to tie the game at 51-51 on a three-pointer by Monaghan at the 6:10 mark.

Saint Joseph's would open a 65-58 lead by the end of the quarter as it put together a 12-3 run over the final four minutes and outscored Massachusetts 25-12 in the period.

Falling behind by as many as 11 in the final frame, the Minutewomen cut their deficit to four on a three-point play by Bre Hampton-Bey with 17 seconds to go.

Senior Adashia Franklyn would add an insurance free throw and the Hawks' defense got a final stop to seal the second-straight win for SJU.

For the game, the Hawks shot 47.7 percent from the field (31-of-65), 46.2 perent from three-point range (12-of-26) and 71.4 percent from the foul line (10-of-14). 

Individually, Woods posted her fifth-straight double-double as she added a game-high 11 rebounds to go with 19 points and five assists. Monaghan, who knocked down 5-of-8 from behind the arc, posted a team-best seven assists, while junior Kristalyn Baisden added 14 points and five assists. Junior Sarah Veilleux scored 13 points, while Franklyn finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.

At the other end, Hampton-Bey led four Minutewomen in double figures with a game-high 26 points. As a team, Massachusetts shot 49.2 percent overall (30-of-61), hit 6-of-15 from behind the arc (40 percent) and 13-of-17 from the foul line (76.5 percent).

The Hawks are back in action next Sunday, January 21, at Saint Louis at 2 p.m.

Game Notes: SJU finished with a 41-24 edge in rebounding...Graduate-student Amanda Fioravanti finished with eight points, seven rebounds and five assists...Classmate Jaryn Garner had three rebounds and atwo assists.

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