RICHMOND, Va. - The Saint Joseph's women's basketball team's run to an Atlantic 10 title came up just short as the Hawks fell to George Washington, 65-49, in the finals of the 2018 Atlantic 10 Championship on Sunday at the Richmond Coliseum.
After a back-and-forth start that saw the game tied at 10 apiece, George Washington pieced together a 10-0 run that continued into the second quarter as a three-pointer by Kelsi Mahoney made it 20-10 at the 9:12 mark.
The Hawks chipped away and got within 22-18 on a layup by Chelsea Woods.
The Colonials answered though, scoring five-straight points to push its lead to 27-18.
Entering the third quarter down 32-24, Saint Joseph's battled back to make it 36-31 on a layup by Kristalyn Baisden with 5:31 to go in the period.
However, George Washington countered with a 7-0 spurt as a layup by Neila Luma made it 43-31.
Saint Joseph's would get no closer than 10 from there though as the Hawks moved to 18-14 on the season with the loss.
Overall, the Hawks shot 47.1 percent from the field (24-of-51), but went 0-of-8 from three-point range and 1-of-3 from the foul line.
Individually, Amanda Fioravanti led the Hawks with 12 points, while Adashia Franklyn grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and added nine points. Chelsea Woods, who was named to the A-10 Championship All-Tournament Team, finished with eight points, four assists and three rebounds.
At the other end, Brianna Cummings led four Colonials in double figures with 17 points as GW finished the game shooting an identical 24-of-51, but went 5-of-12 from behind the arc and 12-of-12 from the foul line.
The Hawks, who competed in their 12th A-10 title game, are postseason eligible and await postseason tournament announcements on March 12.
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