Saint Joseph's senior Chelsea Woods scored a game-high 20 points as the Hawks topped Rhode Island, 64-46, Wednesday night at Hagan Arena.
Despite going scoreless for nearly four minutes to open the game, the Hawks (11-12, 6-5 Atlantic 10) responded with a 13-0 run to take a 13-2 edge on a jumper by Woods with 2:26 to go in the quarter.
Holding a 26-16 edge entering the third quarter, Saint Joseph's pulled away from the Rams in the third. Hitting 10-of-18 from the field and 6-of-6 from the foul line, the Hawks outscored Rhode Island, 26-13, as they built a 52-29 lead.
Rhode Island (3-22, 1-11 A-10) would get no closer than 18 in the final period as SJU improved to 55-7 all-time versus Rhode Island.
For the game, Saint Joseph's shot 44.1 percent from the field (26-of-59), but went just 12-of-22 from the foul line (54.5 percent) and held to 0-of-10 from three-point range.
Woods finished the game 7-of-11 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line for 20 points, and added six rebounds and two assists. Classmate Adashia Franklyn added a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double, while graduate student Amanda Fioravanti scored nine points to go with a game-high 13 rebounds.
At the other end, Nicole Jorgensen led the Rams with 19 points and 10 rebounds, but Rhode Island was held to just 29.8 percent shooting (17-of-57).
The Hawks are back in action on Saturday at Duquesne at 2:30 p.m.
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