ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Megan Van Tatenhove turned in one of the best scoring performances in St. Bonaventure women's basketball history, but it wasn't enough to overcome 42 points in the paint by Dayton as the Flyers (15-7, 6-2 Atlantic 10) beat the Bonnies (15-8, 5-3 A-10) in overtime Wednesday evening, 87-80.
Van Tatenhove finished with a career-high 35 points, the most points scored by a Bonaventure player since Stefanie Collins netted 36 against Stony Brook on Nov. 22, 2003. The junior's performance ranks as the sixth-best scoring night in Bonnies' history, just six points shy of breaking the all-time record of 40, set by Sue Shay in 1989.
The Bonnies opened the game with an emphatic 7-0 run – highlighted by two shot-clock violations on the Flyers first three possessions – prompting Dayton head coach Jim Jaber to call a timeout. The Flyers settled down and eventually responded with a 12-0 stretch to open up a 15-10 lead. The teams then traded buckets before Van Tatenhove hit a foul-line jumper to close the half and send the Bonnies to the locker room down just two, 34-32.
Dayton entered the game as the highest-scoring offense in the A-10 at 78.9 per game, but coming out of the halftime break the Bonnies proved they could score as well. After not scoring in each of Bonaventure's last two games, sophomore Chelsea Bowker went scoreless in the first half against the Flyers as well. However, in the second frame she tallied nine of Bona's first 12 points – all on 3-pointers. From there, it turned into the Van Tatenhove and Dayton's Justine Raterman show.
Van Tatenhove scored 18 in the second half while Raterman netted 11, and the two teams, and players, went blow-for-blow over the last 20 minutes as neither club led by more than five. St. Bonaventure took a 70-68 lead into the game's final seconds, but Raterman converted a lay-in with eight seconds left to knot the game. Van Tatenhove's jumper as the regulation clock expired rattled the back and front rims before it lipped out.
The Flyers, who had 13 players see game action, opened the overtime session on an 11-3 run and the Bonnies never got closer than five the rest of the way.
"I thought that was as clutch a college basketball game as I've seen in a long time," head coach Jim Crowley commented. "There was some big-time shot making going on. We couldn't shake them, and we couldn't come up with a stop when we needed to. But I'm exceptionally proud of our kids and their ability to keep on battling and knock down big shots."
Junior Jessica Jenkins, who had a streak of nine of 10 games in double-figure scoring snapped last outing, responded with five 3-pointers and 19 points against the Flyers, the seventh time this year she has hit exactly five 3's in a game. Sophomore Alaina Walker was the lone other Bonnie in double figures as she finished with 10, nine of which came in the first half. Those 10 points represent the first time in Walker's career she has had back-to-back double-figure scoring games as she finished last game with 11. Van Tatenhove also got the job done on the boards as she finished with a team-high eight.
Raterman corralled a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with her team-best point total, giving the junior forward her second consecutive double-double and third on the year. Brittany Wilson, De'Sarae Chambers and Patrice Lalor joined Raterman in double figures, netted 16, 16 and 14, respectively.
The Bona defense held Dayton's second-leading scorer, Kristin Daugherty (13.2 ppg), to a season-low three points, but the Flyers responded with 37 points off the bench, compared with the Bonnies' two.
St. Bonaventure will look to rebound on Saturday when it travels to Virginia to face the Richmond Spiders. Tip-off it set for 2 p.m. from the Robins Centers.
Game Notes: Dayton is the first regular-season opponent to score 80 or more points against the Bonnies since Charlotte scored 86 on Feb. 25, 2007 … this is only the third time in the last three years that St. Bonaventure has surrendered 80+ points, and two of those times have come at the hands of Dayton … the Bonnies committed just 10 turnovers and are now 11-3 when they have fewer turnovers than their opponent as the Flyers finished with 15 giveaways … redshirt junior Armelia Horton finished with five points, and freshman Doris Ortega netted two … Dayton out-rebounded the Bonnies, 45-33 … the game was tied on eight occasions and the lead changed 15 times … the win was Jaber's 350th of his career.