St. Joseph's upsets Dayton to reach final

Posted: March 12, 2013

St. Joseph's is headed to the Atlantic Ten women's title game.

Chatilla van Grinsven had 19 points and 10 rebounds as the fourth-seeded Hawks (22-8, 11-3) posted a 61-54 upset of the top seed, No. 11 Dayton, in the conference semifinals Sunday at Hagan Arena.

The Hawks, who lost by 73-66 at Dayton on March 3, will face third-seeded Fordham in Saturday night's final at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The loss snapped a 15-game winning streak by the Flyers (27-2), who hadn't lost since Dec. 30 against Bowling Green. Dayton had beaten 22 straight conference foes, including last season's tournament title run, going back to a Feb. 11, 2012, loss to St. Bonaventure.

St. Joseph's never trailed against Dayton and led, 35-24, after van Grinsven scored 13 first-half points. Dayton got to within 52-51 with 2 minutes, 45 seconds remaining, but van Grinsven hit a jumper half a minute later, and Erin Shields (Archbishop Carroll) tacked on six free throws in the final 1:11.

Shields finished with 12 points, while Ilze Gotfrida added 10. Ashley Prim grabbed 13 rebounds.

Fordham 66, Temple 55 - Natasha Thames had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Rateska Brown also had 15 points, and Victoria Macauley added 14, but the Owls (14-18, 5-9) fell to the Rams (24-7, 12-2) in the later semifinal at Hagan Arena.

Fordham has won eight straight, including a 70-65 overtime home win over St. Joseph's on Feb. 24.

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