Social Media Recap
Postgame Quotes: St. Bona | Notre Dame
Regional Semifinal Notes
Postgame Press Conference
RALEIGH, N.C. – The greatest season in St. Bonaventure women's basketball history came to an end Sunday, as Notre Dame (33-3) advanced to the Elite 8 with a 79-35 win over St. Bonaventure (31-4) at PNC Arena.
Playing in the program's first NCAA Tournament, SBU fell behind early and top-seeded Notre Dame kept the pressure on to advance for the 11th time in 16 seasons.
Bona – the smallest active program in NCAA history to reach the women's Sweet 16 - ends the season at 31-4, setting records for both wins (31) and games played (35), while owning the school's first NCAA hoops victories since Bob Lanier guided the men's team to the Final Four in 1970.
Column: Bitter Defeat Doesn't Spoil Remarkable Season
Senior Jessica Jenkins leaves as Bona's all-time leader in 3-point field goals (338) and ranks seventh in career points (1,441), with classmate Megan Van Tatenhove sitting sixth on the career scoring ledger (1,453). Fellow seniors Armelia Horton and Jennie Ashton complete a senior class that finishes with a glittering 98-37 record over the past four seasons.
Sophomores Cece Dixon and Doris Ortega led the way for SBU in the loss, scoring 13 and 11 respectively. Bona held All-America guard Skylar Diggins to just eight points on 3-of-8 from the field, but Natalie Norvosel (16 points), Kaila Turner (14) and Kayla McBride (10) filled in to pace the Irish.
Notre Dame held St. Bonaventure to just one field goal over the first 10:47, before Ortega added the Bonnies' second hoop while being fouled to make it 16-5 in favor of ND.
Bonaventure, which led the nation in fewest turnovers per game, reached its season average 12 giveaways with 7:36 to go in the half, as ND worked for a 35-13 lead by intermission. Dixon's 3-pointer rattled home just before the buzzer and marked the only SBU trifecta of the game.
ND began the final frame with 10 unanswered, never looking back and building a lead as large as 45 with 2:38 to go. Notre Dame held SBU to just nine field goals for the game, the fewest ever in an NCAA Tournament game. The 35 points also marked the lowest point total in a Sweet 16 game.
NOTES: The Bonnies are just the third A-10 team to advance to the Round of 16 (George Washington, Xavier) … Notre Dame (79) is the first opponent to score 70 or more against SBU in 38 games dating back to a 75-56 loss to Temple Mar. 5, 2011 … the contest was the first between Notre Dame and St. Bonaventure … ND's 44-point margin of victory matches the biggest in a Sweet 16 game … Ortega was a perfect 5-for-5 from the line … The Bona contingent on hand gave the seniors a standing ovation when they were replaced late in the game … He told each senior "These 40 minutes can't take away what you've done here."