ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Sophomore Chelsea Bowker had a career afternoon both scoring and rebounding the basketball, and the women's basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak and evened its record at 2-2 with a victory over Quinnipiac (0-3) Sunday afternoon at the Reilly Center, 66-47.
Junior Jessica Jenkins hit a 3-pointer 10 seconds into the game, and the closest Quinnipiac could get after that was two points as the Bonnies led from start to finish behind career highs of 16 points and nine rebounds from Bowker.
The Salem, Ohio native – who led the Atlantic 10 Conference in 3-point percentage (43) last year as a freshman – scored nine points during a key 13-0 St. Bonaventure first-half run to turn a 9-7 game at the 12:38 mark into a 22-7 game at the 10:01 mark. She connected on a traditional three-point play at the 12:23 mark, and on the Brown and White's next possession hit a 3 from the right wing before netting yet another with 10:28 left on the clock.
The Bobcats were able to cut the Bonnies' lead to eight at the break, 28-20, but just as it did in the first half, St. Bonaventure used a big run to put the game out of reach for the Hamden, Conn.-based school. Junior Megan Van Tatenhove started the 12-3 extended run with a jumper, and finished it by assisting on freshman CeCe Dixon's jumper as the Bonnies opened up a 40-23 lead by the under-16 media timeout.
After playing just five minutes in the first half and not scoring a single point, Dixon played 16 minutes in the second half on her way to a career-high 11-point afternoon. The Queens, N.Y. product joined Bowker and Jenkins, who finished with 16 points, as the Bonnies got three double-figure scorers for the first time this season.
After surrendering 44 second-half points in a loss to Morgan State Wednesday evening, the St. Bonaventure defense held Quinnipiac to just 27.8 percent shooting from the field. They also limited leading scorer, and preseason Northeast Conference First Team member, Courtney Kaminski to just nine points on 2-of-9 shooting. Redshirt sophomore Felicia Barron led the way for the Bobcats with 14 points.
St. Bonaventure's record now levels at .500 for the first time since Feb. 15, 2007 when they were 13-13. They will travel to Lewistown, N.Y. on Wednesday for a matinee affair with Little 3 rival Niagara. Tip-off is set for 2 from the Gallagher Center.
Game Notes: The Bonnies are now 18-2 all-time against NEC schools, and have not lost to one since a 66-64 setback in its 1991-92 season opener at Robert Morris ... Van Tatenhove finished with her lowest scoring output of the season with eight … sophomore Alaina Walker came up one rebound shy of tying a career high as she corralled eight … both teams finished with 33 rebounds … the Bonnies' 38 second-half points are the most in any half this season … after turning the ball over 12 times in the first half, St. Bonaventure coughed it up just twice in the second half … Bowker was 3-for-7 from 3-point range, and both categories tie career highs.