SAINT JOSEPH'S HAWKS (3-4, 0-2 Big 5)
VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY WILDCATS (4-2, 1-0 Big 5)
December 2, 2018 • 2:00 p.m.
Hagan Arena • Philadelphia, Pa.
The afternoon will tip-off with the Pepsi Fan Fest and Beer Garden that will open inside the Multipurpose Room (Rec Center) at 12:30 p.m. Music, interactive games, extensive food and beverage offerings, and photo booths will remain open through halftime. FAN GUIDE
PROBABLE HAWK STARTERS
G - Alyssa Monaghan (Sr.) – 11.9 ppg, 4.1 apg
G - Kristalyn Baisden (Sr.) - 7.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
G - Katie Jekot (R-Fr.) – 7.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg
F - Michala Clay (Sr.) – 4.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg
F - Katie Mayock (Fr.) – 8.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg
Series vs. Villanova: SJU leads 27-17
SJU Streak: L-3
First Meeting: 1/28/74, SJU, 42-39
Last Meeting: 12/3/17, Villanova, 79-44
Coach Griffin vs. Villanova: 6-11
ABOUT THE HAWKS
• Saint Joseph’s returns to Big 5 play on Sunday when the Hawks host Villanova at 2 p.m.
• The Hawks are coming off a thrilling 68-61 overtime victory over Columbia on Wednesday.
• The victory over the Lions marked the second straight win for SJU and helped it improve to 3-4 on the season.
• Senior Alyssa Monaghan led three Hawks in double figures versus Columbia as she finished with 16 points.
• Sunday's matchup with Villanova is the 45th since the Hawks started playing Division I.
• Saint Joseph's is looking to break a three-game losing streak to the Wildcats.
• Sunday also marks the first matchup between the Hawks' redshirt freshman Katie Jekot and her sister, Villanova junior Kelly Jekot.
• The Hawks are currently 3-1 during a seven-game homestand. The consecutive home games matches Saint Joseph's longest since the 2015-16 season.
THE BIG 5 AND SJU
• Saint Joseph’s has captured or earned a share of 17 Big 5 titles.
• The Hawks are 110-46 all-time in Big 5 play.
• SJU is currently 0-2 on the year in the Big 5 after falling to Temple in its season opener, 58-52, and losing to Penn, 65-45
SJU UNVEILS AUTISM BREAK ROOM IN HAGAN ARENA
The break room is designed and staffed by experts at the University’s nationally recognized Kinney Center who also trained game-day leaders on how to best support families. Complete with sensory-friendly items such as stress balls, bean bag chairs, bounce boards, weighted blankets, noise-cancelling headphones and more, the break room will provide a quiet, safe space for families, children and adults with autism to enjoy a calm moment and take a break from the excitement of a Hawks game. The Break Room will open to the public on Sunday, with the game also featuring a half-time scrimmage by participants in the Kinney Center’s basketball program and family-friendly activities. More than 150 Kinney Center students and family members will attend. The Autism Break Room will also be available at basketball games on January 20, February 2 and March 2.
THE ROAD TO 1,000
Senior Alyssa Monaghan is nearing the 1,000-point plateau for her career. A four-year starter, Monaghan would become the 27th Hawks to reach 1,000 career points. She enters Sunday with 909 points.
Despite being just six games into the season, 2018-19 has already seen several Hawks play expanded roles and set new highs for single-game scoring. Below are players who have posted new single-game highs for points this year.
Whisper Fisher - 8, vs. Rider, 11/24/18
Michala Clay - 10, vs. Niagara, 11/20/18
Rachel Gartner, 7, at Drexel, 11/11/18
Lula Roig - 8, vs. Loyola Maryland, 11/25/18
Mary Sheehan - 8, vs. Loyola Maryland, 11/25/18
Saint Joseph’s hosts Auburn on Thursday at 7 p.m. The matchup is the first between the two teams since SJU's 71-69 victory over the 15th ranked Tiger in the title game of the Hawk Classic on December 29, 2007.
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