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ITHACA, N.Y. – Cold shooting and turnovers plagued the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team in a 58-44 setback Monday afternoon at Cornell.
"We couldn't make a shot today. We're one of the top 50 three-point shooting teams in the country and nothing fell today," St. Bonaventure head coach Jesse Fleming said. "I thought we were defending pretty well, but we got into foul trouble and then just gave the ball away too much."
The Bonnies led early during a back-and-forth first half.
A spark from the team's freshman guard duo of Francis and Johnson combined for 10 of Bona's 15 first quarter points and a narrow one-point edge after the opening period.
The visitors went cold during the second quarter, however, allowing the Big Red to build a lead it would take to halftime.
St. Bonaventure (3-10) went 2-for-10 from the floor in the second quarter as Cornell pulled ahead by nine. A slashing drive to the lane from Johnson got the Bonnies a bucket before the buzzer, sending the teams to intermission with Cornell owning a 27-20 advantage.
A 26-point third quarter from the Big Red gave the hosts control of the contest.
The struggles from the floor continued for the Bonnies as just two more field goals fell during the third while the Big Red shot 8-of-16 from the floor.
St. Bonaventure limited the Big Red to only five points in the fourth quarter, but could pull no closer than the final margin.
Turnovers also held the Bonnies back from opportunities to rally.
Cornell (6-5) entered the day having forced opponents into an average of 18.7 turnovers per game and caused 30 on Monday which led to 32 points for the Big Red.
For the game, St. Bonaventure held Cornell to 33 percent shooting from the floor, but the Bonnies finished at 30 percent. Bona held a 37-35 edge in rebounding including 12 offensive rebounds.
The Bonnies, conversely, were well off their season totals in offense - SBU came into Monday ranked second in the Atlantic 10 in both three-point percentage and threes made per game, but were held to 2-of-24 from deep at Cornell.
Non-conference play now complete, the Bonnies open Atlantic 10 action by hosting Duquesne Saturday with the regional rivals slated to tip off inside the Reilly Center at 1 p.m.
"Non-conference wasn't what we wanted it to be, we played a tough schedule and now it is now all about the Atlantic 10," Fleming said. "It's the part of the season where we are now 0-0 and it's time to move into the next portion of the schedule and do the things we need to do to be successful."
- By Scott Eddy, Director of Athletics Communications
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