PHILADELPHIA - Led by sophomore Alyssa Monaghan's team-high 21 points, the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team downed Davidson on Senior Day, 69-54, at Hagan Arena on Saturday.
Honoring the Hawks' senior class of Amanda Fioravanti, Jaryn Garner, Jazmin Horne, Mackenzie Rule and managers Broghan Heron and Deja Wiggins in a postgame ceremony, the hosts picked up their third straight win to improve to 14-13 overall and 11-4 in the Atlantic 10.
Jumping out to a 26-14 lead midway through the second quarter on a layup by Chelsea Woods, the Hawks soon saw their lead chipped away. Behind a 10-0 run that spanned into the third quarter, the Wildcats made it a 26-24 contest on a jumper by Rachel Piles 12 seconds into the period.
Ahead 31-28, Saint Joseph's built its lead back to 10, 38-28, as Monaghan scored seven-straight points.
Davidson (6-21, 4-11 A-10) would get no closer than six from there as the Hawks capped the fourth quarter going 13-of-17 from the foul line to seal the victory.
For the game, Saint Joseph's shot 34.4 percent from the floor (22-of-64), connected on 7-of-20 from behind the arc and knocked down 18-of-26 from the foul line (69.2 percent).
Monaghan led four Hawks in double figures as she matched her career-high with 21 points and added a game-high four assists. Junior Adashia Franklyn posted her second straight double-double as she finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds to go with three blocked shots. Fioravanti scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Woods chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds.
At the other end, Davidson shot 38.3 percent from the field (23-of-60), but were held without a three-pointer (0-for-5) and shot 47.1 percent from the foul line (8-of-17). Justine Lyon led two Wildcats in double figures with a game-high 23 points.
The Hawks are back in action Tuesday as they host George Mason in their regular season finale at 7 p.m.
Photos from today's game will be available for sale at the SJU Hawks Photo Store.
Game Notes: The Hawks were out rebounded 44-43, but finished with 15 second chance points...Sophomore Kristalyn baisden added eight points and two assists...Classmate Sarah Veilleux had eight rebounds and two points...Sophomore Michala Clay added a blocked shot...rule added two steals...Horne played three minutes.