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Van Tatenhove, Jenkins Combine For 45, But Bonnies Fall

Van Tatenhove, Jenkins Combine For 45, But Bonnies Fall

BALTIMORE, Md. – Juniors Megan Van Tatenhove and Jessica Jenkins combined for 45 points Wednesday evening, but the women's basketball team fell to the host Morgan State Lady Bears, 74-65.

Van Tatenhove, coming off her second career double-double, scored 18 of her game-high 26 points in the first half, while Jenkins scored 13 of her 19 in the first half as well. In the second half, the Lady Bears (2-1) locked down on the classmates – limiting them to five fewer combined attempts than in the first half – and holding the entire Bonnies' roster to 36.8 percent shooting from the field, compared with their 54.2 percent first-half clip.

The Brown and White (1-2) raced out to leads of 6-0 and 29-21 before settling for a 37-30 halftime lead. However, the second half was where Morgan State won the game as it shot 47.4 percent and connected on 21-of-26 (80.8 percent) free throw attempts, compared with 11-of-16 (68.8 percent) for the Bonnies.

With the game tied at 61-61 at the 4:54 mark, a 3-pointer by Theresa Davis that went through the net as the shot clock expired spearheaded a 10-0 Lady Bears' run over the next three minutes that ultimately decided the game.

The 44 second-half points for the Lady Bears is the most the Bonnies have given up since Dayton's 46 in the second round of the Atlantic 10 Championships last season – which is also the last time the Brown and White surrendered more than 73 points in a game.

Brittany Dodson led the way for Morgan State with a team-high 19 points, including a perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line. Erin Hawkins contributed 14 points, and Moneshia Davis chipped in with 10 points.

Prior to the game, head coach Jim Crowley emphasized winning the rebound battle, something his team did not do on this evening, as the Lady Bears pulled down 30 to the Bonnies' 28. Van Tatenhove led the team for the second consecutive night in that category, as after grabbing a career-high 13 against Indiana she corralled six opposite Morgan State.

With the loss, St. Bonaventure's record drops below .500 for the first time since it started the 2006-07 season with a 2-3 mark. The Bonnies will have a few days off to prepare for Quinnipiac as the Bobcats return a home-and-home with the Bonnies from last season when they visit the Reilly Center on Sunday for a 1 p.m. tip.

Game Notes: Freshman CeCe Dixon scored a career-high eight points while also grabbing a career-high five rebounds and four assists … freshman, and high school teammate of Dixon, Doris Ortega scored the first four points of her collegiate career, all from the free throw line … freshman Ashley Capotosto also recorded her first career points as in the first half she pulled down an offensive rebound and converted the lay-in … senior Cara Gustafson played 15 minutes after missing the Indiana game with a sprained ankle.