BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The women's basketball team committed 25 turnovers and shot just 32.6 percent from the field but still only fell by six points behind a double-double effort from Megan Van Tatenhove on Monday evening at Assembly Hall against the Indiana Hoosiers, 50-44.
Junior Van Tatenhove, a preseason third team Atlantic 10 pick, recorded the second double-double of her career off a game-high 18 points and game-high 13 rebounds. The Sheboygan Falls, Wis. native tallied 14 of her points and eight of her rebounds in the second half to lead the Bonnies' attempted comeback.
"She got much more aggressive in the second half," head coach Jim Crowley said of Van Tatenhove's second-half presence. "Today we saw what Meg can do and hopefully she can continue that confidence because we're going to need her to put points on the board."
Down by 14 as late as the 5-minute mark, the Bonnies (1-1) finished the game on a frantic 8-0 run to cut the deficit to six but could not get any closer. St. Bonaventure held the Hoosiers (2-0) scoreless in the game's final 5:36 while forcing them into four turnovers.
"Our defense played really well and I was glad to see how we responded to that challenge," Crowley said of a defense that a year ago ranked in the top 10 in the entire country. "I thought we rebounded the ball well against a better and faster team."
The Bonnies pulled down 10 more boards than the collectively taller Hoosiers, and after allowing the Big Ten club to shoot 40 percent from the field in the first half, they limited the Hoosiers to just 29.2 percent in the second half.
The game got away from the Bonnies near the end of the first half as Indiana closed on an 8-0 run and never trailed again.
St. Bonaventure turned the ball over 11 times in the first half, only two fewer than last year's season average, and shot 4-for-15 (26.7 percent) from the 3-point line – including a 1-for-7 (14.3 percent) showing in the second half.
However, despite the most turnovers the Bonnies have had in two years, they limited the Hoosiers to just 16 points off those miscues – the same exact total as the Bonnies capitalized on just 18 Indiana turnovers.
Armelia Horton scored seven of her nine points in the second half for Bonnies, and despite only scoring two points, Alaina Walker pulled down eight rebounds. After putting up 22 points in the team's season-opening win over Binghamton, Jessica Jenkins struggled Monday evening as she shot just 2-for-10 from the field in 38 minutes of action.
The Bonnies will have little time to rest for their next contest on Wednesday evening in Baltimore against the Morgan State Bears. That game will the third for the Bonnies in six days, with all three being played in different states.
Game Notes: Chelsea Bowker did not start after hitting her head hard in the Binghamton game, but hit the first two 3-pointers she attempted and finished with six points in 31 minutes … freshman CeCe Dixon got the first start of her collegiate career along with sophomore Alaina Walker … freshman Ashley Capotosto saw the first minutes of her career … Cara Gustafson missed the game with a high ankle sprain she suffered on the last play of regulation against Binghamton … freshman Ashley Zahn did not dress either as she is still recovering from a shoulder injury.