ST KILDA remains in touch with the NAB AFL Women's top eight after landing a knockout blow on Geelong with a third-quarter blitz at RSEA Park on Friday night.
The Saints bombarded the Cats with nine scoring shots in the third term to turn a one-point half-time lead into an unassailable 25-point buffer at the final break.
Saints spearhead Caitlin Greiser capped her dominant performance with a third major in the final term before two late Geelong goals salvaged some pride in the 7.9 (51) to 3.4 (22) result.
It leaves the Cats winless and anchored to the bottom of the table after four rounds.
Starting in sticky conditions, the Saints suffered a scare in the opening stages when Kate McCarthy was left dazed and taken from the field after a run-down tackle from Cat Sophie Van De Heuvel.
The Saints kicked the only major of the term through Greiser before Cat Rocky Cranston booted her first major of the season to date to level things up in the second quarter.
St Kilda could've been further in front at the main break if not for butchering several chances but made up for it with a barrage of entries after half-time.
The side recorded 13-3 inside 50s in the third term alone, the Cats left with few answers to break through a Saints wall across half-forward.
Put through concussion tests in the second quarter, McCarthy returned in the third term and booted the final goal of the match which leaves her side at 2-2 with five rounds remaining.
Rebecca Webster was a standout for the Cats with a game-high 24 disposals (79.2% accuracy) and 373 metres gained. Captain Meg McDonald stood tall down back with 18 disposals and four marks, while Olivia Purcell and Amy McDonald continued their fine form in recent weeks.
ST KILDA 1.1 1.3 4.9 7.9 (51)
GEELONG 0.2 1.2 1.2 3.4 (22)
St Kilda: Greiser 3, Shierlaw, Shannon, Vogt, McCarthy
Geelong: Cranston, Rankin, McWilliams
St Kilda: Greiser, Watt, Smith, Lucas-Rodd, Dillon, Patrikios
Geelong: Webster, Purcell, A.McDonald, M.McDonald, Van De Heuvel
St Kilda: Nil
Crowd: 1454 at RSEA Park (Moorabbin)