Women’s Basketball Aims For First Sweet 16 Trip Tuesday Night
No. 5 St. Bonaventure (30-3) vs.
No. 13 Marist (26-7) | ESPN2
Tuesday, March 20 | 7 PM
NCAA Tournament Second Round
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A watch party will be held on campus at the Rathskeller, and is open to all students, faculty and staff. Free wings will be provided.
For those not able to make it to the 'Skeller, the game will be shown regionally on ESPN2 (coverage map coming) and available worldwide on ESPN3.com. The game can also be viewed on mobile devices via the WatchESPN App (click here to download).
Fifth-seeded St. Bonaventure will look to earn its first trip to the Sweet 16 on Tuesday night when it faces fellow New York State mid-major Marist in the Round of 32. The meeting will be a rematch of a regular-season tilt between the two clubs at the Reilly Center; a game which the Bonnies won, 67-56.
The 13th-seeded Red Foxes, who upset fourth-seeded Georgia in the First Round Sunday, have won 11 games in a row and 21 of their last 22. Marist is playing in its eighth NCAA Tournament, while Bonaventure earned its first NCAA tourney win in its first try on Sunday, 72-65, in overtime against 12th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast.
In the contest during the regular season, senior Megan Van Tatenhove played just 18 minutes due to concussion-like symptoms, but still managed to score 10 points and pull down five rebounds before departing. The Atlantic 10 First Team selection missed the next three games with those concussion-like symptoms.
This will be the seventh all-time meeting between the two schools with the series tied at 3-3. After losing the first three matchups (2003, '04, '08), the Bonnies have won each of the last three (2009, '10, '11). Only two of the six matchups have been decided by double-digit points, including December's meeting.
Each of the last two seasons, St. Bona junior Chelsea Bowker has owned Marist, scoring 17 points two years ago and 19 points this campaign. She's gone a combined 10-17 from 3-point range in those games. Two years ago, Bowker scored what was then a career-high 17 points behind a career-best five 3-pointers to account for 37 percent of the Bonnies' 45 total points in a 45-40 victory. In December, she again knocked down five 3's – a season high – en route to that season-best 19-point total.
Three of Marist's seven losses this season came at the hands of teams which also made the NCAA Tournament (St. Bonaventure, Kansas State, Princeton); two of the three Bona losses also came to teams which made the tournament (Dayton and Delaware).
Both St. Bonaventure and Marist have had to battle injuries to their respective starting lineups this season. However, once the starting five was solidified, both clubs got rolling. For Marist, the starting combo of Casey Dulin, Leanne Ockenden, Corielle Yarde, Kelsey Beynnon and Brandy Gang is 19-4 this season, while the Bona starting quartet of Alaina Walker, Jessica Jenkins, Armelia Horton, Doris Ortega and Van Tatenhove is 22-1, with the lone loss coming in the A-10 Championship final.
The game will feature three 1,400-point scorers: Jenkins (1,419), Van Tatenhove (1,444) and Marist's Corielle Yarde (1,457).
Jenkins was held to just five points while being faceguarded in the First Round game against FGCU. The Ohio native was coming off a nine-point performance in the A-10 Championship versus Dayton. Only one other time this season has Jenkins had back-to-back single digit scoring games (Feb. 11 at Dayton and Feb. 18 against Xavier). The next contest she came out to score 17 against Fordham.