Maybe the St. Joseph's women's team needs to play only ranked teams the rest of the way.
The Hawks withstood a second-half surge by No. 15 Auburn yesterday and shocked the Tigers, 71-69, to win the Hilton Philadelphia Hawk Classic at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
St. Joseph's (7-6) used a two-woman show by senior guard Amy Wold, the tournament MVP, and freshman center Sarah Acker to overcome a sensational performance by Auburn's DeWanna Bonner to win its own tournament for the first time since 2001.
In the second half, the Hawks had squandered a 15-point lead over the Tigers (12-2) by the 10-minute mark. They also almost wasted a seven-point advantage in the final minute.
The victory follows narrow losses to nationally ranked Rutgers and Wyoming. The Hawks were on a four-game losing streak before beating New Jersey Institute of Technology in the opener Friday.
Davidson (7-5) took the third-place game over NJIT, 55-48, as Alex Jonson and Blackwood's Danielle Hemerka each scored 11 points for the Wildcats. Jessica Gerald had 11 points for NJIT (2-9).
"Winning this tournament is hopefully the beginning of winning another tournament here later this season," St. Joseph's coach Cindy Griffin said with an eye to hosting the Atlantic Ten Conference tourney in March that leads to an NCAA bid.
"Great win for the program. Great win for these kids," she said.
"We finally finished out a game, which we needed to do, and it gives us a little more confidence knowing we can do it."
Wold, who made 5 of 8 three-point shots, had a team-high 17 points, while Acker added 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
The Hawks had a hot hand on the perimeter, making 10 of 15 three-point attempts. Jenna Loschiavo was 3 for 3 in that category on her way to 11 points.
Bonner scored 30 points for Auburn and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds.
Georgia 71, Florida State 62 - Tasha Humphrey scored 22 points as the No. 7 Bulldogs (11-0) survived the Seminoles (9-4) in overtime in the FIU Fun and Sun Classic in Miami.
Oklahoma State 85, Texas Southern 39 - Andrea Riley scored 20 points and the No. 24 Cowboys (12-1) wrapped up their nonconference schedule with a win against the Tigers (1-8) in Stillwater.
Connecticut 70, Hartford 24 - Maya Moore scored 21 points and Tina Charles grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds to lead the top ranked Huskies (10-0) over the Hawks (10-3) in Hartford.
Maryland 89, Richmond 59 - Marissa Coleman scored 23 points, Crystal Langhorne had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and the fifth-ranked Terps (15-1) beat the Spiders in College Park.
Brittani Shells led Richmond (7-6) with 27 points. Danielle Bell scored 10 points.
Notre Dame 82, St. Francis (Pa.) 39 - Erica Williamson scored a career-high 16 points and added eight rebounds as the No. 16 Irish (11-1) dominated the Red Flash (3-8) in South Bend, Ind.
Neumann College 79, Catholic University 63 – Brittany Whetts had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Knights (4-5) to a nonconference win over the Cardinals (5-3) in Washington.
Philadelphia University 65, Kutztown 51 - Ashley Webster and Kate Brennan each finished with 15 points for the Rams (6-4) in a nonconference win over the visiting Golden Bears (6-5).
SPC Holiday Tournament
St. Peter's 62, Penn 50 -
Carrie Biemer scored 22 points but the Quakers (3-8) fell to the host Peahens (7-4) in Jersey City, N.J. Penn will play Eastern Kentucky (6-4) today for third place. The Panthers dropped a 76-63 decision to High Point (6-5) in the first game of the doubleheader.
Blue Sky Classic
Marquette 64, Dartmouth 61 -
Krystal Ellis scored 23 points and Angel Robinson had 12 as the Golden Eagles (7-4) beat the host Big Green (1-9) in Hanover, N.H.
Arkansas 62, Delaware 49 - Lauren Ervin scored 16 points, Ayana Brereton had 15 and Charity Ford chipped in 10 as the Razorbacks (13-0) brushed aside the Blue Hens (1-10) in the first game of the tourney. Tesia Harris had 12 points for Delaware.
Elsewhere. Amanda Sepulveda hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Rider (5-7) a 45-42 victory over Princeton (3-11) in Lawrenceville, N.J. . . . Jasmine McCall scored 23 points as Wayne State (Mich.) pasted Temple Baptist, 132-13, in Detroit. The 119-point margin of victory was three points shy of the NCAA Division II record. West Texas A&M defeated National Christian, 155-33, on Nov. 29, 2001.