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Saint Joseph's, Saint Louis & Rhody Pick Up Wins

Release: 12/11/2013
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference
– Desirae Ball scored a game-high 15 points and Sadie Stipanovich hauled in a career- and game-high 14 rebounds to lead Saint Louis past Southeast Missouri State 52-34 Tuesday night at Chaifetz Arena.

Ball scored 12 of her 15 points in the first half as the Billikens (4-6) built a 34-9 cushion at intermission. Stipanovich, who tied the Saint Louis season high for rebounds, led SLU to a 44-35 advantage on the glass. She was aided by Olivia Jakubicek, whose nine rebounds included a career- and game-high five offensive boards, and Denisha Womack, who pulled down seven rebounds.

Erin Nelson scored nine points, while Jakubicek and Jamesia Price tallied game highs of five assists and three steals, respectively.

Patricia Mack led SEMO (3-8) with seven points and eight rebounds. Olivia Hackmann and Allyson Bradshaw scored seven points apiece.

Hackmann’s basket on SEMO’s first possession gave the Redhawks their only lead. It was one of only two field goals the visitors would score in the first half.

Nelson scored seven points and Jakubicek collected six during an 18-3 flurry that put Saint Louis in front 18-5. Mack’s 3-pointer with 17:11 remaining accounted for the lone SEMO points during the run, and it was the last field goal the Redhawks would register until the 15:18 mark of the second half.

Ball recorded nine of her 12 first-half points as the Billikens outscored the Redhawks 16-2 over the final 11:24 of the opening period. In the second half, her third 3-pointer of the game with 15:00 left gave SLU its largest advantage, 41-13.

PHILADELPHIA - Senior guard Erin Shields became the 22nd player in Saint Joseph's women's basketball history to reach 1,000 points for her career as she helped the Hawks top Hofstra, 73-60, Tuesday evening at Hagan Arena. Shields, who reached the milestone at 5:21 of the first half, finished with a game-high 20 points in helping SJU to its eighth straight win.

Leading wire to wire, the Hawks (9-1) took control from the tip running out to a 19-7 lead on a jumper by Shields at 11:18. Saint Joseph's defense caused fits for Hofstra early, holding the Pride to 3-of-14 from the field and causing four turnovers over the opening eight minutes.

Hofstra (4-4) cut the Hawks' lead to eight, 25-17, but SJU built the edge back to double figures by halftime, taking a 33-23 advantage into the second half.

Saint Joseph's didn't allow hofstra an opportunity to get momentum in the second half as it used a 14-2 run to begin the stanza, opening a 47-25 gap on a layup by Natasha Cloud at 15:54.

The Hawks would hold the Pride at a 20-point distance for much of second half, with Hofstra only finally cutting into the deficit with under three minutes to play.

For the game, Saint Joseph's shot 41 percent from the floor (25-of-61), 38.9 percent from three-point range (7-of-18) and hit 16-of-20 from the foul line. The Hawks also finished with a 43-38 advantage in rbeounding and cause 17 turnovers.

Individually, sophomore Sarah Fairbanks added 15 points, while Cloud posted her second double-double of the year, scoring 11 points to go with 11 rebounds and eight assists.

At the other end, Hofstra hit 20-of-60 from the field, 7-of-22 from behind the arc (31.8 percent) and 13-of-22 from the foul line (59.1 percent). Andreana Thomas' 14 points led two Pride players in double figures.

The Hawks return to action on Saturday, December 21 at Syracuse at 1 p.m.

Rhody shot 60.7% (17-28) from the floor and close to 80.0% (14-18; 77.8%) from the FT in the second half, outscoring UMass Lowell, 52-39.

The Rams trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, after a UMass Lowell bucket in transition made it 29-19 with 3:38 to play.  URI would trail, 31-25 at the break.

Thanks to a 15-1 run early in the second half, Rhody pulled away and never looked back.  Tayra Melendez scored 24 of her career-high 29 points in the final 20:00 of play, connecting on 9-of-10 from the floor.

While Melendez's career-high in scoring was impressive, the sophomore from Mattapan made all eight of her 2 pt. FG attempts in the second half and was 8-of-11 from inside the arc for the game.  She also tied her season-high in assists (5).

Kerry Wallack registered her second double-double of the season - with 18 points and 11 rebounds.  She hit back-to-back 3-pointers during the Rhody 15-1 second half run, which helped propel the Rams to victory.

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