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Van Tatenhove Paces Offense, Walker Leads Defense In Bona Win

Van Tatenhove Paces Offense, Walker Leads Defense In Bona Win

PHILADELPHIA – Megan Van Tatenhove recorded game highs of 19 points and eight rebounds, Alaina Walker held Saint Joseph's leading scorer to a season low and the Bonnies (14-7, 4-2 Atlantic 10) clipped the Hawks (12-8, 2-4 A-10) Wednesday evening, 51-40.

With the game tied at 17-17 in the first half, senior Cara Gustafson hit one of her two 3-pointers on the night to give the Bonnies a 20-17 lead, and they never again trailed. After the Hawks answered with a bucket to pull within one at 20-19, Van Tatenhove rattled off two consecutive baskets to give the Bonnies their largest lead of the half, 24-19.

After taking a 26-21 lead to the locker room, the Brown and White stretched its advantage to as much as nine in the second frame before Saint Joseph's began to cut into that 36-27 lead with 11:34 to play.

The Hawks were able to trim their deficit to one point on three different occasions, but each time the Bonnies answered with a score. With the score at 37-36 and 4:21 remaining, Walker hit a tough fade-away from the left baseline to push the Bona cushion back to three at 39-36. After the Hawks answered to once again pull within one at 39-38 with 3:59 left, Van Tatenhove hit a jumper to put the visitors back up three at 41-38 with 3:47 left.

The hosts once again retaliated to make the score 41-40 with 3:21 on the clock, but Van Tatenhove had yet another answer as she calmly drilled a 3 from the top of the arc with 2:55 remaining to put the Bonnies up four at 44-40. That was as close as the Hawks would get the rest of the night as the Bonnies didn't allow them to score over the last 3:21 of the game.

Van Tatenhove continued her impressive play in A-10 action as she has been in double figures all six games, led her team in scoring in four of those and has increased her points per game total from 13.2 entering conference play to 14.6. Junior Jessica Jenkins also continued her streak of double-digit point games as she has now hit double figures in nine of the last 10 games following a 13-point performance against the Hawks.

The 51 Bonaventure points are the third fewest in a winning effort on the year, and the fewest it has scored in a double-digit win. That was due largely to the efforts of Walker, who, for the second-consecutive game, held the opposition's leading scorer below her season average. Saint Joseph's Michelle Baker, who entered averaging 13.8 per game, finished with just four – and all four came when Walker was not in the game.

Walker also got the job done in her own stat column as she finished with six points, six rebounds and a team-high three assists.

The Bonnies will look to start A-10 play 5-2 for the second time in the last three years on Saturday when it entertains the UMass Minutewomen at 1 p.m.

Game Notes: The game was moved from 7 p.m. to 5 p.m. as a result of inclement weather … the Bonnies had 13 turnovers to the Hawks' 15, and they are now 10-2 on the year when they have fewer turnovers than their opponent … St. Bonaventure out-rebounded Saint Joseph's, 35-30, and is now 10-2 on the season when out-caroming its opponent … redshirt junior Armelia Horton finished with seven points – her most in any A-10 game to this point … sophomore Chelsea Bowker did not score, but she did grab seven rebounds ... Jenkins hit three 3-pointers, giving her 189 in her career, just nine shy of putting her in sole possession of third place on the program's all-time list ... Fr. Judd, who previously resided at St. Bonaventure and has since been re-located to Philadelphia, gave a pre-game prayer and sat on the team's bench for the game.