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Women's Basketball Falls Short At La Salle, 67-61

Women's Basketball Falls Short At La Salle, 67-61

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PHILADELPHIA – The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team suffered a 67-61 setback to La Salle Sunday afternoon at Tom Gola Arena.

Asianae Johnson led the Bonnies with 17 points and five rebounds. Emily Calabrese registered her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Olivia Tucker added 11 points.

A back-and-forth game throughout, the Bonnies held a narrow lead before a La Salle three-pointer with 4:46 to play knotted the game up at 56-56.

Calabrese converted two free throws at the 4:16 mark to give the Bonnies (4-14, 1-4 Atlantic 10) a two-point edge. La Salle answered as Kayla Spruill found herself in the paint for a layup and was fouled with 3:58 on the clock. Spruill added the free throw for a traditional three-point play to put La Salle on top, 59-58.

With 2:21 on the clock, Tucker found enough space for a corner three, pushing the Bonnies back in front, 61-59.

Those would be the last points the Bonnies would score as La Salle (7-11, 1-4 Atlantic 10) scored the final seven points of the game to take the win.

Spruill made two more free throws to tie the game again, 61-61. She would hit the go-ahead shot with 1:06 to play, giving the Explorers a 63-61 advantage. Another basket and two free throws would seal the game for La Salle.

The game featured 20 ties and 20 lead changes in an entertaining contest that saw both teams momentarily take control.

The Bonnies were able to retake the lead, 44-42, with 3:35 left to play in the third quarter.

La Salle countered with a 7-0 run over the final three minutes to take a five-point lead, 49-44, at the end of the third.

It was a closely contested first half between the Bonnies and the Explorers, with four lead changes in the first 20 minutes. La Salle took a one-point, 33-32, lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Bonnies used a 12-2 run spanning over six minutes in the first quarter, grabbing a 17-13 lead after one period.

In the second quarter, the Explorers responded with a 7-0 run of their own to open the quarter. Claire Jacobs capped off a 20-point quarter for La Salle with a pair of free throws giving them a one-point lead at the break, 33-32.

Jacobs led the Explorers with 16 points on the afternoon.

The Bonnies return home to the Reilly Center to take on Saint Joseph's Wednesday, Jan. 22. Tip is slated for 5:00 p.m.


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