ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The women's basketball team received a balanced scoring attack this evening as it opened the 2010-11 campaign with an exhibition victory over Division II Edinboro, 79-49.
Coming off a year in which they lost 35 percent of their offense, the Bonnies got points from all their usual returning suspects, with the notable additions of freshmen CeCe Dixon and Doris Ortega.
Dixon came off the bench to play 25 minutes, pour in 12 points and perhaps more impressively the smallest player on the court – at just 5-foot-3 – tied a game high by grabbing seven rebounds. Ortega logged 27 minutes of action and connected on 6-of-8 from the free throw line on her way to an eight-point, six-rebound performance.
"It was good to see because those are two players we're going to rely on this year to give us something," head coach Jim Crowley said of the former high school teammates. "It was a learning experience as well, so hopefully they got some of the nerves out and they'll be able to carry that into the start of the regular season."
Junior guard Jessica Jenkins started this season just as she did last year – which became a trend with the Bonnies on this night – knocking down three 3-pointers in the first 6:02 of the game on her way to finishing with 11 points. Megan Van Tatenhove did the same, as she converted six of her eight points from the line while playing just 19 minutes.
Chelsea Bowker, who trained with a triathlete over the summer, joined Dixon and Jenkins as the only other Bonnies in double figures with 10.
The Bonnies finished last year with the fifth-best team free-throw percentage in the entire country (80.3), and the theme of the night continued as they picked up where they left off, converting 29-of-37 from the stripe for a 78.4 percent clip.
The St. Bonaventure defense, which finished last year ranked ninth in the country in scoring defense (52.7), picked up right where it left off as well, holding Edinboro to just 28.6 percent shooting, including a 20.6 percent performance in the first half.
Edinboro, a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, didn't have better luck from beyond the arc either, as the Bonnies held the Fighting Scots to 22.7 percent on 5-of-22 shooting.
The Bonnies will officially kick off their 2010-11 ledger against Binghamton next Friday, Nov. 12, with a 7 p.m. tip from the Reilly Center.
Game Notes: Armelia Horton hit a game-high seven free throws on her way to nine points … Alaina Walker remained on the ground following a collision late in the first half, but came back in the game and finished with nine points and seven rebounds … Jennie Ashton scored seven points off the bench … Cara Gustafson rounded out the Bonnies' scoring with five points … Micki Cerchiaro led Edinboro with 19 points and logged a game-high 39 minutes … the Bonnies committed 16 turnovers to go with 12 assists … St. Bonaventure out-rebounded the Fighting Scots, 37-28 … freshmen Ashley Zahn and Ashley Capotosto did not play because of injuries.