PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's women's basketball team picked up its second straight win as the Hawks held off VCU, 64-58, Wednesday afternoon at Hagan Arena.
Playing in front of a raucous 1,462 fans as part of SJU's annual Fieldtrip to the Fieldhouse promotion for area school children, the Hawks battled back from an early deficit, 9-6, to take a 17-11 lead after the opening quarter. Sparked by a three-pointer from sophomore Alyssa Monaghan, Saint Joseph's ripped off 11-straight points over a three minute period to regain its early lead.
In the second quarter, the Hawks (5-11, 2-2 Atlantic 10) pushed their lead to as many as nine, 25-16, on a three-pointer by sophomore Sarah Veilleux. But VCU countered with a 9-3 run to end the period to make it 28-25 at halftime.
The Rams (9-9, 2-3 A-10) continued to push SJU in the third quarter, cutting their deficit to one four times.
Falling behind by eight with under five minutes to play, VCU rallied to make it a one-possession game, 56-54, on a Curteeona Brelove layup with 1:53 to play.
Off an offensive rebound by Fioravanti, junior Chelsea Woods connected on a three-point play with under a minute to go to put SJU up 59-54.
Monaghan and Veilleux combined to go 5-of-6 from the foul line to close out the victory.
For the game, the Hawks went 22-of-59 from the floor (37.3 percent), 5-of-17 from three-point range (29.4 percent) and 15-of-19 from the foul line (78.9 percent). Saint Joseph's took advantage of its 34-32 edge in rebounding as it converted 12 offensive rebounds into 16 second chance points.
Individually, Monaghan posted a game-high 17 points, while junior Adashia Franklyn added 12 points to go with a game-high nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Woods was the third Hawk in double figures, adding 10 points in a reserve role.
At the other end, VCU finished 22-of-53 from the field (41.5 percent), went 2-of-4 from behind the arc and 12-of-16 from the foul line. GG Goodhope led four Rams in double figures with 16 points.
Saint Joseph's returns to action Saturday at rival La Salle. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
Game Notes: The Hawks are now 6-5 all-time versus VCU...Tthe two teams meet again this year on February 15 in Richmond, Virginia...Fioravanti added a game-high five assists to go with eight points and eight rebounds...Veilleux scored nine points and had three rebounds and two assists...Sophomore Kristalyn Baisden scored six points and grabbed two steals and three rebounds...Senior Mackenzie Rule had two points and two steals...Classmate Jaryn Garner added two rebounds.