SAINT JOSEPH'S WOMEN'S BASKETBALL DOWNS LAFAYETTE, 69-43
PHILADELPHIA – Led by redshirt senior forward Chatilla van Grinsven's (Helmond, Netherlands/Dr. Knippenberg College) third double-double of the season, the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team defeated Lafayette, 69-43, on Wednesday evening at Hagan Arena. van Grinsven recorded a season-high 19 points, 15 coming in the second half, to go along with 11 rebounds in the win.
Entering the second half with a 30-22 lead, the Hawks went on a 21-2 run that was capped with a layup by junior forward Ashley Robinson (Warrington, Pa./Archbishop Wood) to extend Saint Joseph's lead to 51-24 at 11:47. With 1:32 remaining in the game, junior guard Kasie Parker (Oviedo, Fla./Lake Howell) drained a three for the game's final points to give the Hawks their second biggest lead of the game at 69-43.
At the start of the first half, Saint Joseph's jumped out to a 4-0 run on a layup by redshirt sophomore Natasha Cloud (Broomall, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) and a pair of converted free throws by senior guard Ashley Prim (Ansonia, Conn./Kolbe Cathedral). With a 19-14 lead at the 7:26 mark, the Hawks would extend their lead to as many as 10 and not trail by more than seven as they headed into halftime with the 30-22 advantage.
For the game, Saint Joseph's held the advantage over Lafayette by shooting 42.9 percent (27-of-63) from the floor and 78.6 percent (11-of-14) in free throws. The Hawks dominated the second half, recording 39 points on 47.2 percent shooting from the floor while limiting the Leopards to 7-of-23 attempts (30.4 percent). On the defensive end, SJU caused 28 turnovers while boasting a season-high 17 steals.
Individually, junior guard Erin Shields (Drexel Hill, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) added 10 points for Saint Joseph's. Prim filled up the box score with nine points, six rebounds, and four assists while Cloud posted four points and a team-best five assists. In her first game of the season, Robinson posted eight points and grabbed three boards.
The Leopards saw Danielle Fiacco post a double-double with a team-best 11 points and 13 rebounds.
The Hawks return to action this Saturday, December 8 as they host cross-city rival Villanova at Hagan Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.