WASHINGTON, D.C. - Backed by a career-high 14 points from sophomore Mary Sheehan, the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team downed George Washington, 41-38, at the Charles E. Smith Center on Sunday.

In a battle between two of the top defenses in the Atlantic 10, the Hawks pulled away over the final 5:17 to improve to 8-15 overall and 4-6 in conference play.

Ahead 32-24 entering the fourth quarter, Saint Joseph's saw its lead cut to one, 32-31, on a layup by Kayla Mokwuha.

The Hawks answered back as Sheehan connected on one of her game-high four three-pointers to push the lead to 35-31.

George Washington (8-16, 5-6 A-10) got back-to-back baskets though to tie it at 35-35 on a putback by Mokwuha at 5:35.

Redshirt freshman Katie Jekot followed quickly with a layup to help SJU regain the lead, 37-35, at 5:17.

Defense took over from there as neither team scored over the next two minutes, leading to another Sheehan three-pointer at 3:00 to make it 40-35. 

George Washington cut the Hawks' lead to 40-38 and got the ball back with under a minute to play, but Saint Joseph's got a stop and senior Whisper Fisher grabbed the defensive rebound.

Senior Alyssa Monaghan eventually was fouled and hit one of two to make it 41-38, but the Colonials got the ball back with :03.9  to go.

George Washington was fouled on the ensuing inbound, but failed to connect at the foul line as Jekot grabbed the rebound to end the game.

For the game, SJU went 16-48 from the field, 6-24 from behind the arc and 3-6 from the foul line.

Individually, Sheehan passed her previous career-high of eight points that she set earlier this year versus Loyola Maryland as she finished the game going 5-9 from the floor, including 4-7 from three-point range, and added three rebounds. Monaghan finished with eight points to go with a game-high seven assists, while rookie Katie Mayock chipped in with eight points, three rebounds and two blocked shots.

At the other end, Mokwuha led all scorers with 16 points as the Colonials finished the game shooting 31.3 percent from the field (15-48), 14.3 percent from three-point range (1-7) and 63.6 percent from the foul line (7-11).

The Hawks return home to host Massachusetts on Wednesday. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Game Notes: SJU is now 31-31 all-time versus the Colonials...Senior Kristalyn Baisden scored seven points and added two assists...Jekot grabbed a team-high six rebounds to go with two points...Sophomore Lula Roig scored two points and had five rebounds...Senior Whisper Fisher matched her career-high with four blocked shots and grabbed four rebounds.

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