PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's women's basketball team held off a late push by Atlantic 10 leading Fordham to pick up its fourth straight win with a 47-44 victory Wednesday evening at Hagan Arena.
In a game in which no team led by more than seven, the game came down to a thrilling final few minutes of action.
Leading 45-38 with 1:30 to play, Saint Joseph's (7-11, 4-2 A-10) saw its lead cut to two, 46-44, on a three-point play by the Rams' G'mrice Davis.
After a foul sent them to the line, the Hawk failed to connect on a pair of free throws, giving the ball back to Fordham with 26 seconds to go.
Hustling back on defense, Saint Joseph's came up with a big stop as it forced a turnover with 7.8 seconds left.
A free throw by junior Adashia Franklyn pushed the lead to 47-44, while the Hawks' defense came up with one final stand, forcing an off-balanced shot by Fordham at the buzzer that didn't hit the mark.
For the game, Saint Joseph's finished 19-of-55 from the field (34.5 percent), 2-of-11 from three-point range (18.2 percent) and 7-of-13 from the foul line (53.8 percent).
Individually, junior Chelsea Woods tallied a team-best 14 points and added nine rebounds, while classmate Franklyn added a team-high 13 rebounds and four blocked shots to go with eight points.
At the other end, Fordham finished just 15-of-59 from the floor (25.4 percent), 3-of-17 from behind the arc (17.6 percent) and 11-of-16 from the foul line (68.8 percent) as it fell to 15-6 overall and 6-1 in the A-10 as the Rams dropped their first conference game of the year.
Saint Joseph's returns to action this Saturday at Dayton at 3 p.m.
Game Notes: SJU got 26 points from its bench...Senior Amanda Fioravanti added four points and three rebounds...Classmate Jaryn Garner finished with four points...Senior Mackenzie Rule had a team-high three assists...Sophomore Sarah Veilleux added eight points, four rebounds and two blocked shots...Classmate Alyssa Monaghan finished with seven points...Sophomore Kristalyn Baisden scored two points....With her nine rebounds, Woods moved up to 22nd all-time in career rebounds with 458...Franklyn moved into seventh place all-time in blocked shots with 81...The Hawks and Rams will meet again this season on February 9.