PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's women's basketball team extended its win streak to three games as the Hawks topped rival La Salle, 75-55, Saturday afternoon at Tom Gola Arena.
Saint Joseph's (6-11, 3-2 Atlantic 10) got a game-high 18 points from sophomore Sarah Veilleux as she led four Hawks in double figures.
Falling behind early, SJU battled back with a strong end to the first quarter and carried momentum into the second to take control of the game. Behind a 21-4 run that spanned both quarters, the Hawks went from losing 12-8 to taking a 29-16 lead on a steal and layup by junior Chelsea Woods with 5:57 to go in the second quarter.
Ahead by as many as 14 in the third period, the Hawks had their lead cut to five, 54-49, on a layup by Amy Griffin with 8:42 left in the fourth quarter.
After trading baskets, Saint Joseph's began to pull away from the Explorers for good. Using a 9-0 run, the Hawks opened a 65-51 edge on a pair of free throws by Alyssa Monaghan. Saint Joseph's defense held La Salle to 0-for-5 from the floor and caused one turnover during the near three minute stretch.
La Salle (9-8, 2-3 A-10) got no closer than 65-55 from there as SJU scored the final 10 points of the game to improve to 43-10 all-time versus the Explorers.
For the game, the Hawks went 24-of-55 from the field (43.6 percent), 6-of-10 from three-point range, and 21-of-25 from the foul line (84 percent).
Junior Adashia Franklyn posted her fourth double-double of the season, adding 10 points to go with 11 rebounds and three blocked shots. Woods finished with a game-high five assists and four steals to go with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Monaghan finished with 10 points and four assists.
At the other end, Amy Griffin led La Salle with 16 points as the Explorers finished the game 24-of-63 from the field (38.1 percent), 7-of-11 from the foul line (63.6 percent) and held without a three-pointer as they went 0-of-5.
Saint Joseph's returns to action on Wednesday as the Hawks host Fordham at 7 p.m.
Game Notes: The Hawks finished with a 40-35 edge in rebounding...SJU had 20 assists on 24 field goals...Woods is now tied for 24th all-time in career rebounds with 449...Senior Amanda Fioravanti had seven points, eight rebounds and four assists...Senior Mackenzie Rule added five points...Sophomore Kristalyn Baisden scored five points...Senior Jaryn Garner tallied three points, three assits and three rebounds...The Hawks and Explorers will meet again this season on Febreuary 12 at Hagan Arena.