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Spiders Bite Bonnies On Saturday Afternoon In Richmond

Spiders Bite Bonnies On Saturday Afternoon In Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. – Cold second-half shooting doomed the women's basketball team (15-9, 5-4 Atlantic 10) on Saturday afternoon as Richmond (15-8, 6-3 A-10) used 18 points from senior Brittani Shells to defeat the Bonnies, 56-50.

With the halftime score tied at 23-23, Richmond opened the second half on a 10-3 run to take a 33-26 lead and never looked back, leading by as much as 13. The Bonnies were able to cut the deficit to six at 46-40 with 5:47 remaining, and had multiple opportunities to cut into it even more with the score in favor of Richmond, 53-47. However, the Bonnies came up empty on four straight possessions, and Richmond made its free throws the rest of the way.

After shooting 41.7 percent on 10-24 in the first half, the Bonnies shot just 27.6 percent on 8-29 in the second 20 minutes.

The Bonnies opened the game by holding the Spiders without a made field goal until the 10:34 mark of the first half, as they were able to build up a 9-4 lead. That five-point lead was the second five-point advantage of the game, as Bonaventure had previously opened with a 5-0 start.

St. Bonaventure led by five on seven different occasions throughout the first half, and built its largest lead of the opening 20 minutes at 23-16 with 2:43 left. That differential was in response to Richmond taking its first lead of the game, 16-15, as the Bonnies rattled off eight straight, capped by a Megan Van Tatenhove lay-in. However, the Spiders rebutted with a 7-0 run of their own to close the half, as Shells hit a 3 with two seconds remaining to wrap the first-half scoring at 23-23.

Junior Jessica Jenkins paced the St. Bonaventure offensive attack with 13 points, while classmate Van Tatenhove finished as the lone other Bonnie in double figures with 11. Jenkins hit 3-8 3-point attempts, moving her into sole possession of third place on the program's all-time 3-pointers made list with 198. Van Tatenhove has now been in double figures in all nine A-10 games, and either her or Jenkins has led the Bonnies in scoring in all their A-10 games.

Richmond's Abby Oliver recorded a double-double as she had 12 rebounds to compliment her 14 points, as her and Shells were the lone Spiders in double figures.

This was the Bonnies second consecutive game in which they entered the contest tied in the conference standings with their opponent. The road doesn't get any easier for Brown and White as they head home to entertain the 8-0 and first-place Temple Owls on Wednesday evening at 7.

Game Notes: Van Tatenhove dished out three assists to lead the Bonnies, the second consecutive game the 6-1 forward has done that … sophomore Chelsea Bowker grabbed six rebounds … the Bonnies shot just 5-22 (22.7 percent) from the 3-point line, and an uncharacteristic 9-17 (52.9 percent) from the free throw line … Bonaventure entered the contest leading the A-10 in free throw shooting, and 11th in the nation, at 76.3 percent … senior Cara Gustafson added seven points off the bench for the Bonnies … Richmond out-rebounded St. Bonaventure, 46-38.