March 18, 2016 |
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Arena overlooks what, decades ago, the locals termed the "fast water" of Spokane Falls, formed 15,000 or so years ago when Glacial Lake Missoula flowed down into the valley and slowly began to cut through the rocks. These days, suspension bridges overlook the majesty of the raging waters, the largest in-city waterfall in America. If there is one thing Saint Joseph's would like to do in Friday night's NCAA game against glacial Cincinnati, it is play fast, like that water headed over the falls, play in the open court, play as few times as possible against the Bearcats' set defense.
March 11, 2016 |
I T WAS just 3 1/2 minutes, but it was those moments in a game Saint Joseph's eventually would lose when coach Phil Martelli believed his team had a chance to be very good. The Hawks trailed Villanova, 52-37, at Hagan Arena on Dec. 1. After those 210 seconds, they trailed just 54-49. "I wanted to see how we would react to getting so far behind," Martelli remembered. "During that game, I said, 'There's something here.' " After the game, Martelli told his team they could be the best team in the Atlantic 10. They were close enough.
March 4, 2016
RHODE ISLAND 81, SAINT JOSEPH'S 76 The Hawks scored the first nine points of the game but couldn't hold the lead and the Rams eased to a Atlantic 10 second-round win in Richmond, Va. Charise Wilson had 24 points and eight assists to lead URI (12-17), which will face second-seeded Saint Louis in a quarterfinal. Ciara Andrews scored 20 points to lead four players in double figures for the Hawks (14-15). Chelseas Woods had 16 points and 17 rebounds, Sarah Fairbanks went for 14 and 11 and Amanda Fioravanti added 12 points for SJU.
February 12, 2016
SAINT JOSEPH'S 61, FORDHAM 51 Ciara Andrews scored 16 points and the Hawks pulled away from the visiting Rams late in the Atlantic 10 Conference game. Sarah Fairbanks added 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists and Chelsea Woods chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds for SJU (11-12, 5-6), which rode a 16-8 fourth quarter to the victory. G'mrice David had 19 points and seven rebounds and Danielle Burns scored 12 for Fordham (12). LA SALLE 66, MASSACHUSETTS 57 Amy Griffin scored 20 points as the Explorers held off the visiting Minutewomen in a battle of teams that both entered winless in the Atlantic 10. Adreana Miller tallied 15 points and Jasmine Alston added 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for La Salle (4-20, 1-10)
February 9, 2016 |
MY TOP FOUR NCAA Tournament seeds if the selections were today. East: Villanova South: Oklahoma Midwest: Iowa West: North Carolina It was a very good week for Villanova when it played and when North Carolina played. After leading all the way Saturday afternoon at Providence and winning 72-60, the Wildcats (20-3, 10-1 Big East) have vaulted past UNC for the No. 1 seed in the East after Carolina lost at Louisville Monday and at Notre Dame Saturday night. The parts are still moving and nothing has been decided with 'Nova, UNC, Maryland and Virginia all still in play for the East's top seed.
February 2, 2016 |
MY TOP four NCAA Tournament seeds if the selections were today. East: North Carolina South: Oklahoma Midwest: Iowa West: Villanova Each tournament selection committee is different, but if there is one common denominator among members through the years, it would be the value of road wins. After all, teams do not play NCAA Tournament games on regular home courts. If the selections were today, Saint Joseph's almost certainly would be in the field because, after winning Saturday at Rhode Island, 64-55, the Hawks (18-3, 7-1 Atlantic 10)
January 29, 2016 |
WHEN IT GETS to late January and you have been practicing for 100 days and playing for 70, the basketball sometimes will look less than pretty, the end too far away to consider, the grind starting to wear even on teams that have been winning all season. That was Saint Joseph's on Wednesday night at Hagan Arena against a Massachusetts team that had not won since its last trip to Philadelphia on Jan. 3 against La Salle. It was one of those games a team with NCAA Tournament aspirations simply has to win, no matter which way it went down.
January 26, 2016 |
THE HOME TEAM had lost 10 of 11. The visitors had won 11 of 12. Naturally, after 12 minutes late Sunday afternoon at Gola Arena, La Salle led Saint Joseph's, 19-8. The Hawks looked somewhere between uninterested and stuck in a giant snow drift. It was, of course, a mirage. La Salle is doing the best it can with what it has, which isn't nearly enough. It was just a question of when the game was going to turn. When it turned, it turned hard. The Hawks' defense suffocated the Explorers; they got out and began to run. The La Salle lead evaporated rapidly.
January 5, 2016 |
MY TOP-FOUR NCAA Tournament seeds if the selections were today. East: Virginia South: Oklahoma Midwest: Michigan State West: Kansas Villanova attempts 48 percent of its shots from the three-point line. The Wildcats, however, are the most accurate two-point shooting team in the country and put on a performance for the ages Saturday night, going 28-for-32 on twos in their 85-71 win at Creighton. The ball movement, passing and finishes were near-perfect as the 'Cats (12-2, 2-0 Big East)
December 2, 2015 |
VILLANOVA is rolling right along - unbeaten again, playing great defense again, crushing every team it plays again. Saint Joseph's is clearly better than last season, but are the Hawks good enough to hang with the Wildcats or possibly upset them Tuesday night at Hagan Arena? Last season's game was non-competitive, a 74-46 'Nova win. That margin was not a fluke. Two years ago, it was Villanova, 98-68. That margin was a fluke. In the second half that night at Hagan, the Wildcats shot 11-for-14 from three while the Hawks, a team that would close 20-5 on its way to an Atlantic 10 championship, were 0-for-9.