Saint Joseph’s 75, George Washington 69
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Scoring the final six points of the game, the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team held off a late rally by George Washington to earn a 75-69 victory Wednesday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center.
Up by as many as 16 points, the Hawks (15-4, 4-2 Atlantic 10) found themselves tied at 69-69 with under two minutes to play. Saint Joseph's kept its calm during the Colonials' push, as redshirt junior Ashley Robinson knocked down a jumper in the paint off a pass from junior guard Natasha Cloud at 1:13.
Back on defense, senior Erin Shields poked the ball away from the Colonials' Danni Jackson and followed with a pull-up jumper from the left wing to put the Hawks ahead, 73-69, with 34 seconds to play.
Saint Joseph's would get another defensive stop and sophomore forward Sarah Fairbanks would close the game out with a pair of free throws with 15 seconds to go.
Behind a strong defensive performance, the Hawks jumped out to a 31-15 advantage as they held the Colonials to just 17.2 percent shooting (5-of-29) over the opening 17 minutes.
George Washington (13-6, 4-2 A-10) would rally in the final moments of the half though, using a 13-3 run to make it a 34-28 at the half. The Colonials converted 4-of-8 from the field and converted 5-of-5 from the foul line during the run to make it a two-possession game entering the second stanza.
The Hawks held a 64-57 lead with under six minutes to play, but the Colonials used a 10-3 run over a three minute span to tie the game at 67-67. The teams would exchange baskets before the thrilling final minutes.
For the game, the Hawks shot 44.4 percent overall (28-of-63), hit 5-of-10 from three-point range and 14-of-16 from the foul line (87.5 percent).
Individually, Shields led four Hawks in double figures with 21 points and added seven assists, while Fairbanks tallied 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Senior Ilze Gotfrida tallied 12 points and had eight rebounds, while senior Kelsey Berger finished with 10 points and three rebounds. Cloud had a game-high nine assists to go with nine points and seven rebounds.
At the other end, George Washington shot 36.2 percent overall (25-of-69), 2-of-15 from three-point range (13.3 percent) and 17-of-26 from the foul line. The Colonials, which got 26 second chance points and finished with a 48-37 advantage in rebounding, were led by Jackson's 18 points.
Dayton 81, UMass 67
AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Dayton downed Massachusetts 81-67 in an Atlantic 10 road game Wednesday at Mullins Arena. Every Flyer played and 10 scored as UD won its 23rd consecutive A-10 game.
Dayton (12-4, 5-0 A-10) won its 10th consecutive game this season and stays atop the A-10 standings. Freshman Celeste Edwards led the Flyers with a career-high 17 points, while freshman Saicha Grant-Allen also posted a career-high eight points. Another freshman, Andrijana Cvitkovic scored 14 points, including a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line. Sophomore Amber Deane scored 12 points for the Flyers. UD had a season-high 10 blocked shots led by Cvitkovic's three blocks.
Kim Pierre-Louis of UMass (3-17, 0-6 A-10) led all scorers with 20 points.
Dayton shot just 38.9 percent from the floor, the third lowest this season. UD also shot just 25 percent from three-point range.
The Flyers play at Saint Joseph's Sunday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. UD's next home game is Saturday, Feb. 1 vs. George Mason at 6 p.m. The Flyers will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sport Day.
Duquesne 77, VCU 65
RICHMOND - April Robinson tied a career-high with 20 points and Raegan Moore added 21 as the Duquesne women's basketball team improved 14-6 overall and 6-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference after its 77-65 victory at VCU on Wednesday night. All five starters scored double-figures - Wumi Agunbiade and Orsi Szecsi each scored 12 and Olivia Bresnahan 10 for the Dukes who have won five straight games. Agunbiade and Szecsi each recorded game-highs with nine rebounds.
VCU's Robyn Parks scored a game-high 24 and Keira Robinson scored 16 of her 19 points in the 1st half for the Rams who fall 16-4, 4-3 A-10. Parks and Zakia Williams both pulled down nine rebounds.
The 1st half opened up with both teams exchanging 3-pointers. The score was tied at 9-9 at the first media timeout - there were four ties and each team held the lead once. Coming out of the timeout, Agunbiade scored on the traditional 3-point play followed by a Szecsi jumper to give the Dukes a five point lead at 14-9 with 14:07 remaining in the half.
The Rams would regain the lead four minutes later - 18-17 - when Williams would hit a pair of free throws at the midway point of the half. There would be four lead changes and a tie heading into the under-8 media timeout with VCU up 23-21.
A layup by Moore at the 6:25 mark of the half gave the Dukes a 26-25 lead, but VCU's Robinson answered with a 3-pointer followed by a pair of foul shots to give the Rams a 30-26 lead with 5:18 remaining. Moore's 3-pointer with 3:33 put the Dukes back up, 33-32, before a pair of Parks free throws put the game back into VCU's favor.
After a Robinson free throw, Duquesne went on a 7-0 run to take a 40-35 lead with 1:30 remaining. The Rams would close out the first half by scoring the final four points as the Dukes led 40-39 heading into halftime. In all, there were seven ties and 14 lead changes.
Parks opened up the 2nd half with a driving layup, giving the lead back to the Rams at 41-40. With the Rams up 43-41, Dukes would go on a 6-0 run to take a 47-43 lead at the under-16 media timeout. The contest would remain a 2-possession game until Moore's 3-pointer at the 8:11 mark gave the Dukes an 8-point lead at 64-56. Szecsi followed with a turn-around jumper to give Duquesne its first 10-point lead of the game at 66-56. Robinson's 3-pointer 4:52 remaining gave Duquesne one of its largest leads of the game - 12 points - at 70-58. VCU would score the next five points to cut the deficit to seven points with 3:40 left, but they would not get any closer. Szecsi closed out the game with a pair of foul shots with 55 seconds remaining.
The Dukes defense held the Rams to 26 percent shooting (8-of-31) in the 2nd half after VCU converted 47 percent (13-of 28) in the 1st half. The Rams only made 1-of-11 shots from beyond the arc in the 2nd half
St. Bonaventure 63, Rhode Island 55
KINGSTON, R.I. – St. Bonaventure defeated Rhode Island 63-55 on Wednesday evening at the Ryan Center. Four Bonnies finished in double-digits in the scoring department in the win for the Brown and White and Emily Michael posted a career-high 14 points.
St. Bonaventure led wire-to-wire to defeat the Rams by eight points tonight at the Ryan Center on the campus of the University of Rhode Island. The Bonnies had a balanced attack with four player's finishing the night with double-digit points, led by Emily Michael and Chelsea Bowker with 14 points each. For Michael, that was a new career-high as she shot 3-3 from the field including 2-2 from behind the arc. Michael's 6-7 from the free throw line was also a career-high for the sophomore guard. Bowker's 14 points were powered by a 4-7 shooting night from three-point land as she would finish the game 5-8 from the field. Katie Healy tallied 13 points, followed by Hannah Little who recorded 10 points and a team-high six boards on the night.
Rhode Island would only tie the score up once tonight, just three minutes into the game as St. Bonaventure kept the Rams at a comfortable distance for much of the game, leading by as much as 13 points in the opening minute of the second half. The Bonnies led by 10 points or more 13 times throughout tonight's contest and would finish the night shooting 20-38 (52.6%) from the field, including 11-16 (68.8%) in the second half. SBU held Rhody to just 19-52 (36.5%) shooting tonight.