KINGSTON, R.I. - Backed by a combined 37 points from junior Chelsea Woods and senior Amanda Fioravanti, the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team downed Rhode Island, 75-49, Wednesday afternoon at the Ryan Center.
Taking control from the tip, the Hawks (8-12, 5-3 Atlantic 10) jumped out to a 17-12 edge after the first quarter.
Up by five to start the second period, Saint Joseph's used a 14-0 run over the opening 5:19 as a jumper by sophomore Sarah Veilleux put her team ahead 31-12. The Hawks continued to pull away from there as they outscored the Rams, 30-11, to take a 47-23 lead into halftime.
Rhode Island (4-16, 0-8 A-10) would get no closer than 19 points in the second half as Saint Joseph's held the Rams to just 34.6 percent shooting (18-of-52), while knocking down 52.8 percent 28-of-53) at the other end.
Individually, Woods finished with a game-high 19 points, while Fioravanti matched her career-high with 18 points and added eight rebounds, five steals, three blocked shots and two assists.
Saint Joseph's returns to action this Sunday when it hosts St. Bonaventure. Game time is set for 3 p.m. and will air nationally on American Sports Network.
Game Notes: The Hawks are now 53-8 all-time versus Rhode Island...SJU finished with a 34-32 edge in rebounding...The hawks scored 24 points off of 19 URI turnovers...Junior Adashia Franklyn added nine points...sophomore Alyssa Monaghan finished with nine points and three assists...Veilleux finished with seven points...Sophomore Kristalyn Baisden added five points...Rookie Katie Armstrong scored five points to match her career-high...Senior Mackenzie Rule had a game-high five assists to go with three points...Classmate Jaryn Garner finished with four rebounds and three assists...Senior Jazmin Horne added a rebound.