Second-half surge sees Hartford over St. Joe’s

The Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball team missed a golden opportunity to add to their win total Friday night, dropping a 72-66 decision in overtime to Hartford.

St. Joe’s was in control most of the game, leading by as much as 12 in a sloppy, turnover-ridden first half. But the Hawks suffered through a field goal drought of nearly eight minutes starting at the 11:16 mark in the second half, allowing Hartford to embark on a 19-2 to take a seven-point lead.

St. Joe’s fought back though, and a Mariame Djouara, ’10, lay-up with five seconds left to tie the game at 59 and send it to overtime.

Hartford (6-1) took up the offensive impetus again in the extra period, and took the lead on the first possession thanks to a jumper by Maria Silvia. St. Joe’s only chance to get back into the game came with 1:09 left, when Amy Gillespie, ’10, was fouled on a shot behind the arc and went to the line for three shots with an opportunity to bring the Hawks level. The senior missed all three from the line though, and Hartford did enough to from the line to hold on down the stretch.

Hartford was led by 21 huge points from Daphne Elliott, 14 of which came in the second half and overtime. Diana Delva added a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Jackie Hall added 10 points, including two clutch threes in the second half and 4-4 from the free throw line in overtime.

Djouara led the Hawks with 16 points on eight of 13 shooting, and chipped in five assists and three steals. Ashley Prim, ’13, played well against her home-state foes, as the Asonia, Conn. native had 12 points on four of six shooting in limited time due to foul trouble. Dominique Bryant, ’11, had 12 points, but only two came after halftime.

The Hawks (2-5) were without starting center Ashley Logue, ’10, due to a concussion, and got just five points from Gillespie, who was 2-10 from the field and 1-7 from deep.

As a team, the Hawks shot 46.0 percent from the field (23-50) and 33.3 from three-point land (6-18), but missed six of 14 attempts from the charity stripe. Hartford won the battle on the boards with 37-28 edge, and managed to overcome 21 turnovers, including 12 St. Joe’s steals, thanks to a lot of hustle and grit from Hartford.

St. Joe’s is back in action on Sunday with a meeting with George Mason. Gametime at the Hagan Arena is 2 p.m.

– Matthew De George ’10

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