PHILADELPHIA, PA. 2/20/2013 – The Saint Joseph’s Hawks women’s basketball team put forth a full forty minute effort easily defeating the LaSalle Explorers 68 – 31 at the Hagan Arena. The play of the Saint Joe’s team met the expectations of Coach Cindy Griffin and the game plan.
“We got off to a really good start and that set the tone and momentum for the rest of the game,” said Griffin. “Our goal was to play a forty minute game and for the most part you saw that. We wanted to rebound the basketball and we did that. We shot the basketball better than we have over the past couple of games. I was happy with our team’s output.”
The Hawks were led by senior forward Chatilla van Grinsven who registered her 12th double-double of the season. She scored 16 points on 8 – 14 shooting and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds.
“It’s definitely a credit to my teammates,” van Grinsven said. “They were looking to me and every point I score is a credit to my teammates.”
Saint Joe’s got out to an early lead scoring the first 10 points of the game with van Grinsven getting 6 of the points. LaSalle did not get their first points of the game until sophomore guard Jordan Mosley made a three at the 13:05 mark. The Hawks would balloon their lead to 30 – 13 at halftime. SJU held LaSalle to 17.2% shooting (5 – 29) in the first half. Senior guard Shanel Harrison was held to 4 points making 2 of 11 from the floor. Harrison finished the game with a team-high 12 points and 8 rebounds. Meanwhile, the Hawks would make 13 of 28 from the floor (46.4%).
In the second half Saint Joseph’s took control leading by as many as 37 points late in the half. The Hawks made 28 of 62 shots in the game (45.2%) and were credited with 18 assists. Senior guard Ashley Prim had a team-high 5 assists to go along with 11 points and 4 rebounds. Junior guard Erin Shields and sophomore guard Natasha Cloud scored 10 points each and had 3 assists apiece. None of the eleven Hawks who played in the game scored.
“To hold a team to 31 points is a big accomplishment,” Griffin said.
LaSalle drops to 8 – 18, 4 – 7 in the Atlantic 10. The Explorers still hold a spot that would get the team into the upcoming Atlantic 10 Tournament. LaSalle finishes with a 1 – 3 Big Five record. The Hawks end their Big Five campaign at 3 – 1 good for second place in the city series.
Saint Joseph’s improves to 19 – 6 overall, 10 – 1 in the Atlantic 10. SJU holds second place in the conference with three games remaining against Fordham, Massachusetts, and first place Dayton. The Hawks are in tournament mode over the next few games.
“The next game is about seeding, it’s about tie-breaker situations,” said Griffin. “We are still in the mentality of win the next one.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian