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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Toledo started strong and held off the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team, 58-39, Monday night at the Reilly Center.
The defending Mid-American Conference champions, who entered the week ranked No. 24 in the CollegeInsider.com mid-major poll, improved to 6-1 on the season while the Bonnies now stand at 4-5 overall.
Toledo raced to a 17-0 start and led 19-6 after the opening 10 minutes.
Danielle Migliore was a bright spot on the evening for the Bonnies, scoring a team-high 11 points including a trey to start the second half to close to a 35-22 score.
That would be as close as the Bonnies could get, however, as the lead hovered between 15-20 points the rest of the way.
"We played a little better in the second quarter, then missed a couple free throws and had a turnover that allowed a layup in transition," Bonnies head coach Jesse Fleming said. "That pushed it back to a 16-point game at halftime, and most of the time you're not going to come back from that."
It was a tough shooting day for the Bonnies who created good looks throughout the contest, but could not get many to fall, hitting just 27 percent of their attempts from the floor.
"I thought out of our attempts from the perimeter, 17 or 18 were good looks, the kind of shot we want to take in transition or through ball movement," Fleming said. "When you're down and fighting back, every shot has a little more pressure on it and that's where some of the struggles came in as well."
Bona was able to force the Rockets, whose only loss thus far came at No. 5 Louisville in the Preseason WNIT, to 19 turnovers. St. Bonaventure recorded 11 steals on the night led by three apiece from Rhianna Council and Mariah Ruff.
Ruff finished with eight points on the night, moving into 20th place all-time in the Bonnies scoring charts with 1,034 career points.
Kaayla McIntyre led the way with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Rockets.
"I thought we played better than we played (last Wednesday) against Delaware," Fleming said. "I thought we moved the ball better, we took care of it better. The looks just weren't falling. We've been focusing on the process, the quality of the shots we are taking. I thought we started to play a little more like the way we want to play despite the result."
St. Bonaventure hosts Penn State on Saturday night at 7 p.m.
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