The Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball team faced off against Atlantic 10 rival Temple tonight at the Hagan Arena. Despite their best efforts at a late comeback, however, the Hawks found that they once again could not beat Temple, losing on a last-second shot by a score of 58-56.
In the first half, Temple (16-6, 5-2 A-10) opened up an early lead. What didn’t help the Hawks (11-11, 4-3 A-10) out was that they could not seem to handle the basketball tonight, missing passes and experiencing problems simply dribbling the ball. What also hurt the Hawks was that reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week Brittany Ford, ’10, tweaked something in her leg and was sidelined for most of the first half. When combined with the fact that the Hawks were out-rebounded 19-12, 8-1 in offensive rebounds, the Hawks found themselves going into halftime trailing 32-25.
Throughout the second half, the Hawks tried to make a comeback run, only to be denied by Temple’s defense. Rebounds once again proved trouble for the Hawks, as they were out-rebounded 12-23 in the second half. Despite their troubles, however, the Hawks finally managed to take the lead with 7:46 left in the game when Katie Kuester, ’12, sank a three-pointer to send the small but passionate Hagan Arena crowd into an uproar.
Kuester’s shot led to a back and forth last seven minutes for the Hawks. While they maintained the lead for most of the time, the Hawks found themselves down late when the Owls used clock management to their advantage and hit a jumper with four seconds left to go up 58-56. A botched desperation jumper by Mariame Djouara, ’10, left the Hawks on the wrong side of the final score.
Highlighting the Hawks’ efforts was Michelle Baker, ’12, who scored a team-high 12 points, two at that time crucial three pointers. Djouara and Ford also made nice showings despite limited action on the floor, scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Up next for the Hawks is a trip to Olean, N.Y. for a matchup against St. Bonaventure.
-Tom Hagan ’11