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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A shorthanded St. Bonaventure women's basketball team started strong, but could not withstand the charge from Saint Louis as the host Billikens scored a 78-55 victory Sunday afternoon at Chaifetz Arena.
The Bonnies, playing with seven healthy players Sunday, now stand 5-9 overall and open Atlantic 10 play at 0-1. Saint Louis, picked to finish second in the preseason A-10 coaches poll, improves to 7-7, 1-0.
Sophomore Danielle Migliore continued her strong performance to close the month of December, pacing the team with 21 points. For Migliore, it marked her fourth straight game of double-figure scoring and second consecutive contest with over 20 points.
St. Bonaventure started fast, putting the hosts on their heels with a 7-0 run over the first two minutes.
Bona expanded its lead with a convincing first quarter of play, hitting nine of its first 16 shot attempts to push out its edge to 26-18 at the 7:20 mark of the second following a trey from Migliore.
Saint Louis put the Bonnies charge on the breaks for the rest of the half, though, using a 14-2 run over the final six minutes to take its first lead of the game. The Billikens ultimately took a 32-28 edge into intermission thanks to outscoring the Bonnies by a 17-7 margin during the second quarter.
The Bonnies kept things close early in the third quarter, trailing by just three with 5:20 left in the period following a 3-pointer off the fingertips of Rhianna Council.
Saint Louis then put what can be an explosive offense on display, embarking on a 15-0 run to extend its lead to 53-35 at the end of the third. The Billikens never relinquished control the rest of the way.
Four Billikens got into double figure scoring, led by senior Jackie Kemph who set the SLU program record for career scoring with 17 points Sunday. Paige Rakers added 15 points and Maddison Gits registered 13 points.
St. Bonaventure shot 40 percent from the field for the game (13-for-32) while Saint Louis shot at a 39 percent clip (18-for-46).
Next up for the Bonnies are back-to-back home games. St. Bonaventure hosts its Atlantic 10 home opener on Wednesday against Saint Joseph's at 7 p.m. The Wednesday date sets the stage for a nationally televised game on Saturday, Jan. 6 that will have a special tip time of 11 a.m. on CBS Sports Network.
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