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Bonnies Fall To Owls In Defensive Struggle

Bonnies Fall To Owls In Defensive Struggle

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Temple (18-6, 9-0 Atlantic 10) held St. Bonaventure (15-10, 5-5 A-10) to a season-low point total and led for 39 minutes on Wednesday evening at the Reilly Center, defeating the Bonnies, 54-38.

After controlling a 21-14 lead at the halftime break, the Owls – receiving votes in this week's Associated Press poll – came out of the intermission on a 7-2 run to open up a 12-point lead and never looked back, leading by as much as 21 in the second half. For the Bonnies, the 38 points are the fewest they have scored in a game since Feb. 10, 2006 at Charlotte, and fewest points they have scored at home since entering Division I in 1986-87.

Temple jumped out to a 9-3 lead to start the game, and following a Jessica Jenkins turnover on the Bonnies next trip, head coach Jim Crowley called a 30-second timeout in an attempt to settle his club down. The Bonnies did, and after freshman CeCe Dixon banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the arc they had pulled within one at 9-8.

The Owls, who have now won a conference-best 11 straight games, responded with a 5-0 spurt to re-open a six-point lead at 14-8 with 6:07 remaining in the opening half. From there, the teams traded buckets as the Owls took the lead to the locker room. 

"We knew it would be a really challenging game for our offense," Crowley said. "I didn't expect it to be this poor, and we had some good looks that we missed early, and I think that carried over."

Bonaventure shot a season-low 27.3 percent on a season-low 12 made field goals (12-44). Junior Megan Van Tatenhove finished with a team-high eight points, the seventh time this year she has led the Bonnies in scoring in A-10 contests. Redshirt junior Armelia Horton finished with seven points and eight rebounds, tying her second-highest carom total of the year.

For Temple, senior guard Qwedia Wallace paced the offense with a game-high 13 points, followed by 12 from Kristen McCarthy.

Coming into the contest, Temple ranked as the best defense in the A-10 in conference games only, allowing its opponents to score just 45.8 per game. Overall on the year, St. Bonaventure led the A-10 in defense at 54.6 per game, good for 19th in the nation.

The two teams also entered as two of the best ball-protecting teams in the nation. Temple, ranked 8th in the country at 13.9 turnovers per game, gave the ball away 15 times, while St. Bonaventure, ranked 11th in the country at 14 giveaways a night, turned it over 18 times.

For the Bonnies, this was the third consecutive game in which they faced an opponent it entered the contest with tied in the conference standings, or ranked below. The road doesn't get any easier, as on Saturday that stretch will reach four as the Bonnies entertain Duquesne. The Lady Dukes will enter the Reilly Center with a 7-2 mark in A-10 play, tied for third in the league. Tip-off on Homecoming Weekend is set for 1:30 p.m.

Game Notes: Dixon and fellow freshman Doris Ortega finished with five and six points, respectively, while Jenkins and senior Cara Gustafson both netted five … the 14 first-half points by the Bonnies represents a season low ... junior Jennie Ashton was Crowley's first reserve off the bench, the first time that has happened all year … the Bonnies previous season-low point total was 44, set in a 55-44 loss to No. 22/24 St. John's … the 38 points represents the fourth-lowest scoring output in school history … this is the first time this year Bonaventure has not had a double-figure scorer in a game.