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Slow Start Derails Bonnies at George Washington

Slow Start Derails Bonnies at George Washington

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Three Keys To The Game

  • The Bonnies were held to 1-of-15 shooting during the first quarter
  • GW shot 46 percent from the floor
  • Mckenna Maycock led the Bonnies with 13 points

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A difficult start and a matchup with one of the Atlantic 10's best defensive teams proved too much to overcome for the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team Sunday in the nation's capital as George Washington held on for a 57-44 victory at the Charles E. Smith Center.

After trying to dig out of an early hole the rest of the day, the Bonnies were able to close within 46-42 with 4:16 remaining following a 3-pointer off the hands of Dajah Logan.

GW (10-17, 7-7 A-10) answered with a three of its own from Lexus Levy on the next trip down the floor to quell the rally attempt and the Bonnies would get no closer.

Mckenna Maycock again paced the Bonnies' scoring efforts with 13 points, adding four steals on the defensive end.

On a day where offense was at a premium, Emily Calabrese contributed nine points along with six rebounds and Logan chipped in with eight points.

The first quarter was something the Bonnies would like to forget and left the visitors battling to get back into the game for the rest of the afternoon.

St. Bonaventure (8-19, 5-9 A-10) went 1-for-15 from the floor during the first 10 minutes and fell behind, 15-4.

The second stanza brought immediate improvement – the Bonnies scored on each of their first two trips down the floor to close within six.

Another cold snap would allow GW to embark on a 9-0 run, however, leaving the Colonials with a 24-9 lead with four and a half minutes before the half. The Bonnies would battle back within single digits, but ultimately GW went to the break ahead, 28-18.  

A quick burst pulled the Bonnies to their closest margin of the day, 31-28, following back-to-back treys from Maycock and Deja Francis as well as a layup by Calabrese. The Colonials counterpunched, though, and took an eight-point edge to the fourth.

George Washington extended its lead back to 11 quickly into the final quarter, but seven unanswered points left the Bonnies back within four following Logan's three. The Colonials responded with Levy's three-pointer, though, and would not relinquish control the rest of the way.

Kelsi Mahoney celebrated her senior day with 12 points while fellow senior Neila Luma delivered a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Colonials entered the day ranked fourth in the A-10 in points allowed for the season and limited the Bonnies to 29 percent shooting on the day. 

St. Bonaventure returns home on Wednesday night to host La Salle at 5 p.m. in the opening game of a doubleheader with the Bonnies' men's team playing later that night at the Reilly Center. Tickets start at $14 and are good for both games.

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