Saint Joseph's senior Alyssa Monaghan became the 27th Hawk in program history to reach 1,000 career points, but it wasn't enough to lift her squad as SJU fell to Saint Louis, 62-49, on Wednesday at Hagan Arena.
Entering the game 10 points shy of the career milestone, Monaghan quickly got to work as she scored her 1,000th career point on a three-pointer at 5:54 of the second quarter en route to finishing with a game-high 21 points. Going 8-14 from the floor, including 3-4 from three-point range and 2-4 from the foul line, Monaghan also finished with a game-high six assists and three steals as she moved into 25th place all-time in career scoring at Saint Joseph's with 1,011 points.
Despite Monaghan's accomplishment, the Hawks found themselves down early as the Billikens jumped out to a 9-0 lead to start the game.
Sparked by a layup by sophomore Lula Roig, the Hawks battled back to within 17-14 at the end of the quarter.
Saint Louis pushed its lead to eight on a 5-0 run to begin the second period, but Saint Joseph's answered with Monaghan reaching the 1,000-point mark during a 7-3 streak to make it 25-21.
Behind a 13-1 run that spanned into the third quarter, Saint Louis once again regained control as the visitors opened a 38-22 gap on a bucket by Kerri McMahan at 7:13.
The Hawks (4-11, 0-2 Atlantic 10) rallied late in the quarter to make it a six-point game as a layup by graduate student Ashlyn Wert brought her team to within 42-36 after 30 minutes.
That would be as close as SJU would get though as the Billikens outscored the Hawks, 20-13, in the fourth while holding them to just 4-18 shooting.
For the game, the Hawks went 19-64 from the field (29.7 percent), 6-22 from three-point range (27.3 percent) and 5-10 from the foul line.
At the other end, Jordan Frantz, who also reached the 1,000-point mark for her career in the game, led a pair of Billikens (6-9, 1-1 A-10) in double figures with a team-high 20 points as Saint Louis shot 45.1 percent from the floor (23-51), hit 4-8 from behind the arc and 12-16 from the foul line.
The Hawks return to action on Sunday when they host St. Bonaventure at 2 p.m.
Game Notes: The Hawks got a combined 21 points from their bench...SJU is now 10-6 all-time versus Saint Louis...Wert finished with four points, a block and a rebound...Freshman Katie Mayock added five rebounds and four points...Rookie Elizabeth Marsicano scored three points and had a rebound...Senior Kristalyn Baisden added four rebounds...Junior Nailah Delinois grabbed three rebounds and added an assist...Senior Whisper Fisher grabbed four rebounds and had two steals.
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