PHILADELPHIA, PA. 11/13/2016 – The Saint Joseph’s Hawks women’s basketball team was looking to bounce back after an opening game loss. The Hawks looked ready early, but the size and inside scoring of the Bucknell Bison proved to be the difference as the Hawks fell 64 – 61 at Hagan Arena. Bucknell outrebounded Saint Joseph’s by a 49 – 27 margin. Bison forward Sune Swart led all scorers with 25 points and 10 rebounds
“If you look at the rebounding, outrebounding us by 22, and number 41 (Swart) is a tremendous player,” said Saint Joseph’s Coach Cindy Griffin. “That was definitely the difference.”
A quick start enabled Saint Joe’s to break out into an early that grew to a 23 – 10 lead after one quarter of play. The lead would reach 33 – 18 on a layup by Adashia Franklyn with 5:53 in the second stanza. A combination of good offense led by Alyssa Monaghan and tough defense kept SJU in front.
The tide turned in the second half. Bucknell went to a zone defense that limited the outside opportunities by Saint Joe’s. The Bison won the third quarter 17 – 8.
“They went zone to slow us down a little, but we got shots,” Griffin said. “But we were one and done and couldn’t get to the offensive glass.”
As the fourth quarter progressed the game got tight, but the Hawks held the lead until a reverse layup by Swart at the 2:02 mark tied it at 57. Later 2 free throws by Swart put the Bison ahead to stay with 43 second to play.
Bison forward Kaitlyn Slagus scored 17 points and took down 8 rebounds. Bucknell had a 42 – 28 advantage in points in the paint.
Saint Joe’s forwards led the way with Franklyn scoring a team-high 18 points. Chelsea Woods added 15 points.
“They played hard,” Griffin said about the forwards Woods and Franklyn. “They’re competing in an aggressive way.”
Monaghan scored 12 points all coming in the first half.
SJU forced 16 turnovers while committing 4.
Saint Joseph’s (0 – 2) will look for that initial win on Wednesday when they visit Iona.
“The game came down to two or three plays, and we have to figure out a way to win those,” said Griffin.
Written By: Glenn Papazian
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