STANDISH — Morgan Cahill didn’t want it to be her final home game for the St. Joseph’s College women’s basketball team.

So she did something about it Thursday night, and now the Monks are heading to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship game.

Cahill, the lone senior on the team, scored 18 points – 14 in the second half – to lead top-seeded St. Joseph’s to a 74-58 victory against fourth-seeded Suffolk in the semifinals.

The Monks (21-5) will be home against third-seeded Emmanuel (21-6) in the final at 2 p.m. Saturday with a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament on the line.

“It’s a little bittersweet,” said Cahill, a 6-foot center from Yarmouth. “There’s no other way I’d rather go out in that gym, though, than for it to be a championship game.”

Cahill also grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots.

“As our only senior, the way she played is the way you would hope a senior would play with the possibility of it being her last game,” said Coach Mike McDevitt. “She stepped up and did a really nice job. She was the leader out there.”

An impressive freshman class also contributed, led by Kelsi McNamara (14 points), Emily Benway (12) and Hannah Marks (8).

“It’s a real good class,” said McDevitt. “At this time of the year, because these kids have played all year long, they’ve got some pretty good experience under their belts. Even though it’s … a playoff game, these kids have played some big minutes so they’re pretty confident. On the roster it shows they’re first-year students but from an experience standpoint they’re more like sophomores.”

McNamara, who added five assists, played a strong point guard and didn’t have a second-half turnover despite facing full-court pressure from the Rams (17-9).

“She’s just very instinctive,” said McDevitt. “She just has that natural knack for knowing what to do at the right time, and playing very poised and with a lot of composure.”

Kelsey Schiebel had 15 points and five assists to lead Suffolk. Alexandra Clarke added 12 points.

Emmanuel, which went 10-1 in conference play in the regular season, handed the Monks their lone GNAC loss, 71-66 in the first meeting.

“We’re pretty even,” said McDevitt. “We really didn’t play very well to start the game. They got to a really big lead and we came racing back. I would say we only played the last 15 minutes the way we wanted to. The first 25 they kind of dominated us. Maybe we can play the better 25 this time and maybe that will be enough.”