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The Hawk News

Matt Kirchgasser ’24, the women’s basketball team Hawk mascot, flaps his wings during the matchup against

Q&A with the graduating women’s basketball Hawk

Zach Podolnick and Monica Sowinski May 1, 2024

The women’s basketball Hawk mascot, Matthew Kirchgasser ’24, is retiring after two years of flapping. The Hawk sat down with Kirchgasser to ask about his time as the mascot: The Hawk: Why did you...

Hannah and Kaylie Griffin have been around St. Joes basketball their entire lives.

St. Joe’s basketball shaped Griffin family’s love for the game

Mia Messina April 24, 2024

When the St. Joe’s women’s basketball team won the Atlantic 10 championship in 2013, members of the program participated in the tradition of cutting down a piece of the net. Alongside the team...

Photo of Junior Mackenzie Smith attacks Villanova defender Bella Runyan during the 2024 Women’s Basketball Invitation Tournament Quarterfinals, March 28.

Women’s basketball is ready to build off record-breaking season

Mia Messina April 10, 2024

All good things must come to an end, but the ending came a little sooner than the St. Joe’s women’s basketball team had hoped for, with a 67-59 loss at Big 5 rival Villanova March 28 in the quarterfinals...

photo of a cutout of womens basketball player, which have been placed around Hawk Hill campus

Women’s basketball shines, student support falls short

Mia Messina February 28, 2024

The women’s basketball team is in the midst of a historic season, racking up many accolades, setting program records and continuing to pile on wins. But, there is an area out of their control that seems...

Junior guard Mackenzie Smith looks for an open teammate against Dayton, Feb. 14.

Mackenzie Smith joins the 1,000-point club

Mia Messina February 21, 2024

There have been no shortage of milestones for St. Joe’s this season, and junior Mackenzie Smith added to the list Feb. 14 when she scored her 1,000th career point. Smith entered the game against...

Sophomore forward Laura Ziegler scans for an open teammate against Utah Dec. 7.

Women’s basketball seeks Top 25 considerations

Mia Messina February 14, 2024

St. Joe’s and George Mason entered their Thursday-night matchup in Fairfax, Va., with the same goal: extend their eight-game winning streak to nine. The Hawks entered into the game 11-0 on the road,...

Junior forward Talya Brugler looks for an open teammate against Utah, Dec. 7.

Talya Brugler leads St. Joe’s through its record start

Mia Messina February 7, 2024

When Talya Brugler committed to St. Joe’s in May 2020, the Hawks were coming off a losing season, having gone 9-20 (3-13 Atlantic 10). Brugler saw an opportunity that Head Coach Cindy Griffin said...

Junior guard Mackenzie Smith talks with Head Coach Cindy Griffin during a timeout, March 3.

St. Joe’s looks to Talya Brugler and Mackenzie Smith for leadership

Mia Messina November 8, 2023

Forward Talya Brugler and guard Mackenzie Smith were the scoring leaders for St. Joe’s as sophomores last season. Head Coach Cindy Griffin is expecting more from them this time around. Now they have...

The Hawks huddle during a timeout against Duquesne Feb. 25.

Previewing the women’s basketball 2023-24 season

Mia Messina November 1, 2023

A season after earning its first postseason berth since 2017-18, the St. Joe’s women’s basketball team is gearing up for their 2023-24 campaign. With a roster full of veterans — as well as some...

Graduate student guard Katie Jekot, free throw in the last 10 seconds allowed the Hawks
to come back with a final score of 64-60.

After a come back win, women’s basketball heads to A-10 tournament

Madeline Williams and Kelly Shannon March 1, 2023

Sophomore forward Talya Brugler carries the Hawks, scoring 25 points against Duquesne. PHOTOS: MADELINE WILLIAMS '26/ THE HAWK Graduate student guard Katie Jekot, free throw in the last 10 seconds...

Laura Ziegler recorded a double-double against Rhode Island. She scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. PHOTO: KELLY SHANNON ’24/THE HAWK

Ziegler wins A-10 Rookie of the Week honors for seventh time

Mia Messina February 21, 2023

On Feb. 20, first-year forward Laura Ziegler was named the women’s basketball Atlantic-10 Rookie of the Week for the seventh time this season.  According to Ziegler, the most rewarding part...

Both the mens and womens programs have welcomed new freshmen to their teams.

New faces on Hawk Hill: rookie preview

Christopher Kline November 17, 2020

After an extended wait, the St. Joe’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are preparing for NCAA play, welcoming in two new freshmen to each of their squads. They will seek improvement from last season,...

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