PHILADELPHIA - Backed by a game-high 23 points from junior Adashia Franklyn, third seed Saint Joseph's ran past 14th seed Rhode Island, 77-51, in the First Round of the 2017 Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship on Saturday at Hagan Arena.
With the win, the Hawks (16-13) advance to the Quarterfinals of the A-10 Championship where they will face sixth seed La Salle on Friday, March 3, at the Richmond Coliseum at 7 p.m.
Leading from the tip, Saint Joseph's used a 10-0 run midway through the first quarter to open a 20-8 advantage on a layup by senior Amanda Fioravanti with 1:11 to go in the period.
Holding a double-digit edge for most of the second quarter, the Hawks took a 34-21 lead into the third period and quickly built it to 39-24 on a three-point play by Franklyn at 8:27.
Rhode Island (6-23) answered with a 10-3 run to make it 42-34 on a layup by Amari Johnson with 3:11 to go in the quarter.
Saint Joseph's responded with a flourish to end the third though to reclaim momentum. Sparked by a pair of Franklyn free throws, the Hawks closed out the quarter on a 13-3 run to open a 55-37 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
The 18-point deficit would be as close as the Rams would get in the final 10 minutes as Saint Joseph's outscored the visitors 22-14 en route to winnings its ninth straight home game.
For the game, Saint Joseph's shot 43.5 percent from the field (27-of-62), 31.3 percent from three-point range (5-of-16) and 81.8 percent from the foul line (18-of-22).
Franklyn added seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots as she matched her previous career-high for points. Junior Chelsea Woods added 17 points, six rebounds and two assists, while sophomore Alyssa Monaghan was the third Hawk in double figures with 13 points and four assists.
At the other end, Rhode Island shot 33.9 percent from the floor (21-of-62), 11.8 percent from behind the arc (2-of-17) and 63.6 percent from the foul line (7-of-11). Charise Wilson led three Rams in double figures with 13 points.
Game Notes: The Hawks finished with a 42-31 edge in rebounding...SJU turned 11 Rhode Island turnovers into 19 points...Fioravanti added six points, six rebounds and two assists...Sophomore Sarah Veilleux scored five points and had six rebounds and three assists...Senior Jaryn Garner added four points, seven rebounds and a game-high six assists...Sophomore Michala Clay scored four points and had three rebounds...Rookie Katie Armstrong scored three points...Sophomore Kristalyn Baisden added two points...Senior Mackenzie Rule had a steal...Classmate Jazmin Horne played two minutes...Junior Candace Belvedere played two minutes.