A halftime chiller in women's basketball remained a Big Five thriller until the finish Sunday afternoon when St. Joseph's held off Villanova, 46-43, at Hagan Arena.
"Join the club: I've been dealing with this for three games," Villanova coach Harry Perretta yelled to St. Joseph's coach, Cindy Griffin, about the 12-11 lead held by the Wildcats (5-5, 1-1 Big Five) at halftime.
The Hawks (6-3, 2-0) began connecting in the second half, but the win was not secured until junior-college transfer Samira Van Grinsven scored with eight seconds remaining.
Michelle Baker, who had a team-high 15 points, provided the deciding point when she scored with 2 minutes, 42 seconds left in the game for a 44-36 lead. The Wildcats, however, went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to a point with 28 seconds left.
"We got the looks we wanted in the first half; we just couldn't make them," Griffin said of the Hawks' 20 percent effort from the floor.
Villanova was not much better at 23.8 percent.
Drexel 66, Seton Hall 43 - Tyler Hale posted her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Dragons (6-1) topped the visiting Pirates (5-6) in a nonconference game.
Penn State 95, Maine 41 - Freshman Maggie Lucas of Narberth and Germantown Academy scored 22 points for the Nittany Lions (9-2) in a lopsided win at home over the Black Bears (1-7).
Boston College 84, Rutgers 75 - A rally from a 28-point deficit in the second half by the Scarlet Knights (6-4) fell short in a nonconference loss to the Eagles (10-0) in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
West Chester 64, Bowie State 56 - Alex Lennon scored 19 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead West Chester over visiting Bowie State in the 25th Annual Carol Eckman Memorial Classic.
In the nation: No. 3 Stanford (6-0) beat Fresno State, 77-40, for its 50th consecutive home win. . . . No. 7 Texas A&M rolled over visiting Texas Christian, 91-66. . . . No. 15 Michigan State beat visiting Iona, 85-51. . . . Jessica Breland scored 24 points and keyed a late run that helped No. 12 North Carolina defeat visiting UNLV, 78-66. . . . No. 5 Duke routed previously unbeaten Oklahoma State, 73-45, in Stillwater, Okla.