The St. Joe’s women’s basketball team traveled to La Salle last night where they looked to get back to .500 against a struggling Explorer team. After a second half comeback and an outstanding performance by Brittany Ford, ’10, the Hawks (10-10, 3-2 A-10) managed to leave La Salle with the victory by a score of 45-39.
In the first half of play, the Hawks could not find any semblance of an offensive rhythm. After 20 minutes, the Hawks had scored only 11 points, seven of which were scored by Ford. What saved the Hawks from being left with an insurmountable deficit was that the Explorers (5-16, 0-6 A-10)weren’t able to find rhythm themselves, with the exception of a late 11-1 run to end the half that gave La Salle a 19-11 lead.
Down eight points to the Atlantic 10 basement dweller, the Hawks would need a serious turnaround to get the victory. With a combination of Ford and key scores by Mariame Djouara, ’10, the Hawks quickly gained the lead in the second period. With less than nine minutes left in the game, the Hawks pulled a complete 180, leading the Explorers by 10. In the final minutes of the game, the Hawks were able to prevent another Explorer run and win by a final score of 45-39. Ford finished with a team-high 15 points and two blocks while Ashley Prim, ’13, finished with 8 points and seven rebounds. Up next for the Hawks will be an afternoon matchup against George Washington at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hagan Arena.
-Tom Hagan ’11