PHILADELPHIA - Senior guard Jaryn Garner's jumper with 11.2 seconds left to play lifted the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team past Duquesne, 60-58, on Wednesday evening at Hagan Arena.
The Hawks' junior forward Adashia Franklyn added a career-best 23 points to go with 16 rebounds as SJU improved to 10-12 overall and 7-3 in the Atlantic 10.
In a game in which the Hawks led for only 48 seconds, it turned out that they came at the most important time.
With the game knotted at 58-58, the Hawks got a a key defensive stop on the Dukes and called timeout with 35 seconds to play.
Off the inbound, Saint Joseph's worked the ball around the perimeter as Garner received a pass on the right wing. As the shot clock counting down, Garner drove right and knocked down a jumper from the right baseline to put the Hawks ahead, 60-58, with 11.2 seconds left.
Duquesne (12-12, 5-6 A-10) went for the win on the ensuing possession as Julijana Vojinovic pulled up from the top of the arch for a contested three-point shot. The Hawks' pressure forced the shot to come up as sophomore Alyssa Monaghan grabbed the rebound in traffic to preserve the win.
In the first half, Duquesne used a 12-4 run to end the first quarter to open an 18-10 lead after 10 minutes.
The Hawks, who shot just 25.8 percent in the half (8-of-31), kept the Dukes within reach at halftime, 30-23.
Duquesne built its biggest lead of the game, 12 points, midway through the third period. Using a quick 6-0 run, the Dukes opened a 40-28 edge on a jumper by Kadri-Ann lass with 4:15 to go in the quarter.
Behind 47-39, Saint Joseph's went on an 11-2 run over a five minutes span to take its first lead, 50-49, on a free throw by Franklyn with 5:16 to go in the fourth quarter.
The lead changed hands three times and there was four ties from there leading up to Garner's game winner.
For the game, Saint Joseph's went 21-of-56 from the field (37.5 percent), 3-of-13 from three-point range (23.1 percent) and 15-of-21 from the foul line (71.4 percent). The Hawks finished with a 39-33 edge in rebounds, adding 15 second chance points.
Individually, sophomore Sarah Veilleux joined Franklyn in double figures as she scored 11 of her 14 points in the second half.
At the other end, Duquesne finished 23-of-60 from the floor (38.3 percent), 3-of-14 from behind the arc (21.4 percent) and 9-of-10 from the foul line. Amadea Szamosi led three Dukes in double figures with 15 points.
The Hawks return to action on Sunday at Saint Louis at 4 p.m. ET. The game will be nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network.
Game Notes: The Hawks improved to 42-7 all-time versus Duquesne...SJU tallied 30 points in the paint...The Hawks shot 52 percent from the field in the second half (13-of-25)...Senior Amanda Fioravanti added nine points...Monaghan finished with six points, three rebounds and her first career block...junior Chelsea Woods added six points, six rebounds and three assists...Garner added four rebound and three assists to go with her two points...Senior Mackenzie Rule had a game-high two steals...Sophomore Kristalyn Baisden played 13 minutes...Classmate Michala Clay earned a minute of playing time...Freshman Katie Armstrong played three minutes.