BRONX, N.Y. – Freshman forward Gabby Smalls went off for a career- and game-high 12 rebounds in a strong defensive effort and added six points, but the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team ultimately suffered its first loss of the season to Seton Hall, 55-39, in a neutral-site game played at Fordham's Rose Hill Gym on Sunday afternoon. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 1-2 while the Pirates improve to 4-1.
Freshman forward Claire Melia led the Hawks in scoring for the third consecutive game, recording seven points in 16 minutes off the bench.
How It Happened
• Saint Joseph's turned the ball over eight times in the first quarter to see Seton Hall jump out to a five-point edge, 15-10, after the first 10:00.
• Still trailing by five early in the second quarter, Melia made a lay-up to pull the Hawks to within three, 17-14, at the 8:36 mark, but that would be the closest SJU would get for the remainder of the game as Seton Hall tore off on a 20-8 run to close out the half.
• Coming out of the halftime break with a 37-22 lead, Seton Hall continued to shut the Hawks out from three (0-for-4 in the third quarter) and went up by 18 points at the 7:26 mark for its biggest lead of the game. Sophomore guard Katie Jekot, who played a team-high 31 minutes, made a play of note during SHU's run, battling hard for a defensive rebound and holding onto the ball despite hitting the ground hard at the 9:31 mark.
• Freshman guard Lauren Ross hit a shot in the paint with 1:03 to go in the third to close SJU's deficit to 12, 45-33, entering the fourth.
• The Hawks shot just 3-for-11 (27.3%) in the fourth as the Pirates pulled away for the 55-39 win.
Behind the Boxscore
• The Hawks were shut out from beyond the arc, going 0-for-12 in three-point attempts, and turned the ball over 23 times; Sacred Heart scored 16 points off of SJU turnovers.
• Senior Nailah Delinois earned the starting nod for an under-the-weather Melia.
• Ross came off the bench at the 7:34 mark of the second quarter to make her collegiate debut. The freshman guard scored four points in 16 minutes of play.
• Sophomore forward Elizabeth Marsicano made her season debut at the 1:54 mark of the first quarter.
Saint Joseph's returns home to host Penn (3-0) in Big 5 action this Wednesday, November 20. Opening tip at Hagan Arena is set for 7:00 p.m.