SJU Women look to stay hot Wednesday night against Duquesne

Matt Leon
February 20, 2019 - 12:40 pm
Senior point guard Alyssa Monaghan leads Saint Joseph's University in scoring this season, averaging 14.6 ppg.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Saint Joseph's University women's basketball team will look to make it five wins in a row tonight as the Hawks welcome Duquesne to Hagan Arena.

This surge for the Hawks has improved their record for the season to 10-15 overall and 6-6 in the Atlantic 10 — good for seventh in the conference. 

The last three wins specifically have been really impressive for SJU because they have all been tight games that the Hawks found a way to scratch out. The total margin of victory in the last three games for SJU has been five points (two one-point wins and one victory by three). 

Head coach Cindy Griffin spoke about why they've been so successful as of late in the nail biters.

"I think you have to start with Alyssa Monaghan, our senior point guard, who has really put us on her shoulders all year," she said. "She just needed some help with the supporting cast and different people have stepped up in different games. Whether it be free-throw shooting at the end of games or making a big shot when needed."

Monaghan leads the Hawks in scoring this season at 14.6 points per game, and she is coming off a career-high 27-point outburst in Sunday's 64-63 win over La Salle. 

Griffin spoke about some of those other players who have stepped up as of late.

"(Redshirt freshman) Katie Jekot on the wing and (sophomore guard) Mary Sheehan had a great game against George Washington," she said. "Our posts have been playing well defensively and giving us some good minutes there in (senior) Whisper Fisher and (freshman) Katie Mayock. So we've gotten a lot of production from different players at different times, really coming together and finding a groove and playing really hard. And I think that's what it comes down to this time of the year — what teams are going to fold and what teams are going to push forward."

Duquesne comes into tonight 13-12 overall and a game ahead of the Hawks in the A-10 with a 7-5 conference mark.

"They are a very explosive offense team," Griffin said. "They score a lot of points, and they get scoring from a lot of different people."

This will be the second meeting between the two teams this season. The Hawks lost at Duquesne back on Jan. 20, 81-73. Griffin is hoping her team has more success this time around.

"It's going to be challenging," she said. "We just need to continue doing what we're doing which is share the ball, stretch out the floor a little bit and certainly we can't give up 80 points tonight to win a game."

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Hagan Arena.

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