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Williams, Heyward shine in SFU upset of Robert Morris

Courtesy Saint Francis University Athletics

LORETTO, Pa. (March 1, 2014) For the second consecutive season, the Saint Francis U womens basketball team took down Robert Morris inside the Stokes Athletic Center, this time it was a 78-73 win on senior day.
The Red Flash (12-16, 10-7) started the game on a 17-2 run over a six-minute span. Alli Williams scored eight points during the run and finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
We got off to a great start today, we gave ourselves a great cushion early, SFU head coach Joe Haigh said.
The Colonials (17-11, 13-4) battled back within nine with 10 minutes to play, but that was the closest it would get in the first period. Saint Francis continued to knock down three-pointers as it hit five in the first half, and held a 47-30 advantage at halftime.
Alexa Hayward scored the first basket of the second half on a three-pointer, and it put the junior at 1,000 career points. She became the 23rd player in Saint Francis womens basketball history to reach the mark.
Hayward then scored seven straight points for Saint Francis and Alli Williams capped off a 12-2 run to put SFU up by 25 (59-34), its largest lead of the game at the 16:34 mark.
Robert Morris then began its comeback, the Colonials embarked on a 30-9 over the next 11:35 to get within four points of the Red Flash. Saint Francis went without a point for over five minutes during the run from RMU.
Saint Francis was able to respond down the stretch and clutch free throw shooting put the game away from the Flash.
Bridget Murphy registered 12 points off the bench for SFU, while Rebecca Keegan added eight points and eight rebounds.
I am really happy about the way we played today, especially for our seniors, Haigh continued.
Saint Francis closes out its 2013-14 regular season on Monday evening as Wagner comes to Loretto for a 7 p.m. match-up. SFU won the meeting in Staten Island on Feb. 1, 92-78.
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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times