The Saint Joseph's women's basketball team battled back to tie Villanova midway through the fourth quarter. But the Wildcats answered with a 12-0 run to close out the game and earn a 47-35 victory over the Hawks in a Big 5 matchup on Sunday at Hagan Arena.
The Hawks, who got a team-best 16 points from senior Alyssa Monaghan, moved to 3-5 on the season and 0-3 in Big 5 play.
Down by six early in the fourth quarter, Saint Joseph's fought back to tie the game at 35-35 on a three-pointer from the wing by junior Nailah Delinois with 6:30 to play.
Villanova (5-2, 2-0 Big 5) answered back with a three-pointer by Grace Stant that helped spark the Wildcats' 12-0 run.
Saint Joseph's defense stopped the Wildcats the next three possessions, but the Hawks' couldn't convert at the other end leading to two consecutive turnovers of their own translating to back-to-back three-pointer by Villanova. The Wildcats closed out the game holding SJU to 0-7 from the field and caused a pair of turnovers over the final 4:26.
For the game, the Hawks shot 27.7 percent from the field (13-of-47), 18.8 percent from three-point range (3-of-16) and 85.7 percent from the foul line (6-of-7). SJU finished with a 32-30 edge in rebounds, but turned the ball over 15 times, leading to 14 Villanova points.
Freshman Katie Mayock added nine points and six rebounds, while redshirt freshman Katie Jekot finished with a game-high eight rebounds to go with a team-high three assists and two points.
Villanova's Adrianna Hahn led all scorers with 17 points as the Wildcats finished the day shooting 37 percent from the floor (17-of-46), hit 8-of-24 from behind the arc and 5-of-8 from the foul line.
Saint Joseph's returns to action on Thursday when it welcomes Auburn to Hawk Hill for a 7 p.m. tip at Hagan Arena.
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