After a rough 0-2 start on the road, the Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball team finally got its chance to open up the Michael J. Hagan, ’85 Arena with a bang. With a notably smaller but nevertheless spirited crowd than the men’s opener, the Hawks tipped off their first game in the new arena with their first win of the season over University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 77-55.
The Hawks got off to a slow start, and an 8-1 run by UMBC to open the game left the Hawks in need of an early rally. The Hawks fought their way back into the game, keeping it within reach until they were able to take the lead with 13:02 left in the first half thanks to a Sportscenter Top-10-worthy layup by Mariame Djouara, ’10. Rebounds by both Djouara and Ashley Logue, ’10, combined with ball-handling miscues by the Retrievers, helped the Hawks maintain a lead that got as large as seven points. Sloppy play near the end of the half, however, allowed UMBC to inch back into the game and cut the Hawks’ advantage to just three, 34-31, at the half. Continue reading