PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's senior guard Katie Kuester scored a season-high 20 points with 17 coming in the first half and added a team-high five assists to lead the Hawks to a 72-51 win over Duquesne Saturday afternoon at Hagan Arena.
Duquesne (13-3, 5-2 A-10) jumped out to the game's first lead, opening a six-point gap early.
After a slow start, hitting just 1-of-5 from the field, the Hawks rallied to take their first lead, 15-14, on a pair of free throws from sophomore forward Ashley Robinson at 10:29.
Saint Joseph's (14-6, 4-2 A-10) then went on a 19-8 run as Kuester added nine points on three three-pointers and junior guard Ashley Prim sunk two free throws and a jumper to take the Hawks to 37-27 at the half.
In the second half, Saint Joseph's put the game away with a 16-2 run as back-to-back jumpers by Samira van Grinsven made it 58-37 with 7:46 left.
For the game, the Hawks shot 53.7 percent from the field (29-54) and knocked down 7-8 from the foul line. Saint Joseph's had four players in double figures as Michelle Baker scored 13 points and added 3 assists. van Grinsven scored all 10 of her points in the second half while Prim also added 10 points. Senior forward Kelly Cavallo pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
Saint Joseph's held the edge on rebounds, 38-33, and shot 7-of-15 from beyond the arc (46.7 percent).
Duquesne, which shot 21-of-61 from the floor (34.4 percent), had a team-high 17 points from Alex Gensler. Saint Joseph's returns to action on Wednesday, February 1 when the Hawks host crosstown rival Temple at 2 p.m.