By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There is only one college team from Philadelphia still playing basketball.
The St. Joe’s women are still alive in the NCAA Tournament. On Tuesday night they will take on Connecticut in the second round up in Storrs. This comes after the 23-9 Hawks won their first round game on Sunday, beating Georgia, 67-57.
“It was an awesome feeling,” St. Joe’s senior guard Erin Shields tells KYW Newsradio. “You look around at the end of the game and you see a bunch of fans that came from St. Joe’s, and you’re just proud. You are proud to be a Hawk and you are proud to be at the NCAA Tournament. It’s something you dreamed of your whole life and to finally be there, it’s a great feeling.”
Shields led the way in the win for the Hawks with 18 points. She scored 14 of those points in the first half, hitting four three-pointers to really set the tone offensively.
“We knew we were going to be able to get her some looks if we set good screens,” St. Joe’s head coach Cindy Griffin tells KYW Newsradio. “She is so good at moving without the ball and any open look that she got (Sunday) we needed to take advantage of and she did.”