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Bonnies Win Streak Snapped In Late Loss To MTSU

Bonnies Win Streak Snapped In Late Loss To MTSU

SAN ANTONIO, TexasMegan Van Tatenhove scored a game-high 21 points, and the women's basketball team (7-4) led for most of the game but couldn't overcome a late push by Middle Tennessee State (8-3) Monday evening at the UTSA Holiday Classic in San Antonio, Texas, falling, 58-53.

The Bonnies opened up a 32-24 lead early in the second half before the Blue Raiders were able to narrow the deficit and eventually tie the game at 37-37 with 13:11 left. The teams traded buckets from there until MTSU went on a quick 5-0 spurt to turn a 45-45 game into a 50-45 game with 6:56 left. The Bonnies were able to cut into that lead and got as close as 53-51 with 1:46 left, but that's as close as they would get the rest of the game.

MTSU entered the game averaging 68.1 points per game, but were 0-3 on the year, and 3-17 in the last five years, when scoring under 60 points. The Bonnies did exactly what they wanted to from a defensive standpoint in holding the Blue Raiders below that 60-point threshold; however, they couldn't capitalize offensively, scoring just eight points in the game's final 10 minutes.

Van Tatenhove finished with her second 20-plus point performance of the year while also grabbing a team-high seven rebounds. However, she was the lone Bonnie to get into double figures, as the rest of the Bona offensive was distributed among junior Jessica Jenkins (7), redshirt junior Armelia Horton (7), senior Cara Gustafson (6), freshman Doris Ortega (5) and a career-high five from junior Jennie Ashton.

The Bonnies shot the ball at a 39.6-percent clip, but that percentage was brought down significantly due to a  23.8 percentage (5-21) from beyond the 3-point line. MTSU, after being held to a 36-percent clip in the first half, shot 47.6 percent in the second half to aid in its comeback effort.

The Blue Raiders, who have made two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and six in the last eight years, were led by freshman Ebony Rowe with team highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds. The lone other MTSU player to get into double figures was fellow freshman KeKe Stewart who finished with 11.

The loss ended the Bonnies' four-game winning streak, and stopped a streak of six of seven overall. This was the Bonnies first game in 10 days, and they will have a quick turnaround for their next outing when they face the host UTSA Roadrunners Tuesday night at 8 (EST)

Game Notes: After scoring a career-high 21 points in the team's last game, sophomore Chelsea Bowker was held scoreless … she was also whistled for her third foul while she was not on the floor, leading to her sitting most of the game's final minutes with four fouls, when in reality she only had three … the Bonnies had 15 turnovers to the Blue Raiders' 13, and are now 2-4 on the year when they have more turnovers than their opponent … MTSU out-rebounded the Bonnies, 33-29 … St. Bonaventure committed 20 fouls, while the Blue Raiders were whistled for just 10 and went to the free throw line 27 times, compared with just six for the Bonnies.