Saint Joseph’s Wins Second Straight in Women’s Basketball

December 15, 2020 –

The Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball team won their second consecutive game defeating the Monmouth Hawks in dominating fashion 80 – 52 at the Hagan Arena. Graduate transfer guard Alayna Gribble led the way setting her Hawk Hill career-high with 19 points making five three-pointer and was 7 of 8 overall.

“We had the same type of energy we did the first game,” said Saint Joseph’s Coach Cindy Griffin. “We were a little more patient on offense, the ball moved, and we got better shots, and we made a lot of shots.”

Saint Joe’s established themselves early going on an 11 – 0 run over five and a half minutes, and held a 29 – 9 lead after one quarter. At intermission the SJU lead was 45 – 23. In the third quarter Gribble put it away with a 7-point run of her own as Saint Joseph’s grew the lead to 29 points.

Alexis Santarelli, another graduate transfer, scored in double digits for the second time in two outings netting 11 points. Ten of the twelve SJU players scored as the hosts converted over half of their field goal attempts. Katie Jekot handed out a game-high 6 assists, one shy of her career-high. As a team Saint Joe’s had 20 assists on 32 baskets.

On the boards Saint Joseph’s got 45 caroms to 30 for Monmouth. Every SJU player had at least one board and Gabby Smalls led all players with 10.

Monmouth (0 – 4) had three players score in double figures led by Jen Louro with 12. Jania Hall and Gabrielle Wener added 10 points each. Lucy Thomas scored 9 point and added a team-high 7 rebounds. But as a squad Monmouth converted 17 of 59 (28.8%).

I was pleased with our defensive tenacity in taking Monmouth out of their flow,” Griffin said.

Saint Joe’s (2 – 0) opens Atlantic 10 play on Saturday against city and conference rival La Salle. Griffin looks for the team to continue to improve.

“I was happy with the way we improved from game one to game two,” said Griffin.

This was career-win number 380 for Cindy Griffin.


Written By: Glenn Papazian


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