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Chelsea Woods finished with a game-high 20 points versus George Mason.
Courtesy: Sideline Photos, LLC
Women's Basketball Take Overtime Thriller Against George Mason, 57-53
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  02/21/2017

PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's women's basketball team outscored George Mason 7-3 in overtime to cap the regular season with a 57-53 win over the Patriots on Tuesday at Hagan Arena.

With the victory, the Hawks finish the regular season having won 12 of their last 14 games to move to 15-13. Posting a 12-4 record in the Atlantic 10, the Hawks are currently in fourth place, but could jump to third with a Saint Louis loss on Wednesday. SJU will host an opening round game of the Atlantic 10 Championship this Saturday at 2 p.m. with its opponent to be determined following Wednesday's final conference games.

In a defensive battle, the Hawks fell behind in the final minute of regulation, but tied the game at 50-50 on a pair of free throws by junior Chelsea Woods with 9.6 seconds to play. 

Saint Joseph's got a defensive stop to end regulation and scored the first five points of the extra frame to take a 55-50 edge on a Woods layup at 2:49.

George Mason (13-16, 6-10 A-10) would make it a one-possession game, 55-53, on a free throw by Kara Wright with 23.7 seconds left.

However, Woods added a pair of free throws to push SJU's lead to 57-53 and the Hawks' defense held the Patriots without a field goal attempt in the final moments to secure the win.

For the game, Saint Joseph's shot just 31.7 percent from the field (20-of-63) and 16.7 percent from three-point range (2-of-12), but knocked down 15-of-22 from the foul line (68.2 percent).

Individually, Woods had a game-high 20 points and added nine rebounds, while classmate Adashia Franklyn posted her second straight double-double, scoring 14 points and adding 11 rebounds. Senior Amanda Fioravanti was the third Hawk in double figures as she finished with 11 points, six rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots.

The Hawks 12 conference wins are their most since the 2003-04 season (12-4) and they finish as the lone A-10 team to go undefeated at home, 8-0, in conference play.

At the other end, the George Mason shot 31.6 percent from the field (18-of-57), 27.3 percent from behind the (3-of-11) and hit 14-of-20 from the foul line. Wright led two Patriots in double figures with 13 points.

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Game Notes: The Hawks finished with a 44-36 edge in rebounding...Sophomore Sarah Veilleux finished with nine points and four assists...Classmate Kristalyn Baisden had three points...Senior Jaryn Garner handed out four assists...Classmate Mackenzie Rule added a rebound and assist...Sophomore Alyssa Monaghan finished with two assists and a rebound...Classmate Michala Clay played a minute...SJU is now 9-2 all-time versus George Mason.

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