Saint Joseph's Women's Basketball Fall At Dayton, 79-68

Saint Joseph's Women's Basketball Fall At Dayton, 79-68 DAYTON, OHIO – It was a tale of two halves for the Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball team Saturday afternoon at Dayton. Leading 41-37 after shooting 48.4 percent in the first half, the Hawks couldn’t maintain that pace as they shot just 32 percent in the second stanza in a 79-68 loss to the Flyers at UD Arena. Saint Joseph’s (12-9, 2-5 Atlantic 10) fell behind 15-8 to start the game, but clawed its way back over the final 15 minutes to take a four-point advantage into the final half. Trailing by seven, the Hawks used a 13-3 run to open a 21-18 lead on a layup by freshman forward Ilze Gotfrida (Dobele, Latvia/Rigas Secondary School No. 49) with 9:16 to go in the half. The lead would trade hands six times over the next nine minutes, leading to 37-37 tie with two minutes to go. The Hawks would use back-to-back scores and defensive stops to take the lead into halftime, scoring the most points in a half this season against the Flyers’ defense. In the second half, Dayton took control early and never relinquished the lead. The Flyers outscored the Hawks 16-2 over the opening 5:49 of the half to take a 53-43 advantage on a jumper by Elle Queen. Saint Joseph’s, which turned the ball over just three times in the first half, committed nine turnovers and went 0-of-2 from the floor during that stretch, with a pair of free throws by freshman guard Erin Shields (Drexel Hill, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) accounting for SJU’s two points. Down by as many as 13, the Hawks continued to fight, cutting the Flyers’ lead to five, 64-59, on a three-point play by Shields with 2:45 to go. Saint Joseph’s scored eight-straight points in under three minutes to make it a two-possession ball game. The Flyers (14-7, 5-2 A-10) wouldn’t falter though as they answered with a layup and went on to hit 12-of-12 from the foul line to close out the game. For the game, the Hawks shot 41.1 percent (23-of-56), while connecting on 6-of-14 from three-point range (42.9 percent) and 16-of-22 from the foul line (72.7 percent). Shields paced the offense with a season-best 22 points to go with seven rebounds and three assists, while Gotfrida added 16 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Sophomore guard Ashley Prim (Ansonia, Conn./Kolbe Cathedral) was the third Hawk in double figures, scoring 13 points to go with a team-high four assists. At the other end, Dayton finished 26-of-66 from the field (39.4 percent), 6-of-16 from behind the arc (37.5 percent) and 21-of-26 from the foul line (80.8 percent). Queen, Justine Raterman and Kristin Daugherty each scored 15 points apiece for the Flyers. The Hawks have a week off in between games as they return to action next Saturday, February 5 at Rhode Island. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at the Ryan Center.

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