KINGSTON, R.I. – Three Bonnies scored in double figures, but it was not enough as the St. Bonaventure University women's basketball fell to Rhode Island, 69-67, Sunday at the Ryan Center.
Rhode Island (13-11, 6-6 A-10) appeared to be ready to take complete control during the first half when the Rams extended a lead of double digits.
St. Bonaventure (7-19, 4-9) made a bid to complete the season sweep, however, after rallying within a point late with multiple chances to tie or take the lead.
After fighting back to make it interesting in the fourth quarter, the Bonnies traded baskets with the hosts early in the fourth quarter as Bona was able to pull within two three times.
Brown made back-to-back baskets to cut the Rams lead to 58-56 with 4:25 to play.
Davida Dale made a bucket and was fouled with 4:08 on the clock. She converted the free throw, pushing the Ram lead to 61-56.
Johnson got the Bonnies back within three, 63-60, after a steal and layup with 1:08 to play.
After a URI stop, the Bonnies were forced to foul. Dale made both her attempts at the line, putting the Rams back up five, 65-60.
Francis quickly drove down the court and made a layup, bringing the Bonnies back within three, 65-62.
With 15.7 seconds on the clock, Francis cut through the lane making the layup and was fouled in the process. The sophomore stepped up and made the free throw, pulling the Bonnies within one, 66-65.
The Rams (13-11, 6-6 Atlantic 10) were fouled on the following inbounds play, sending Erin Jones to the line where she made both attempts, pushing the URI lead back to three, 68-65.
Johnson made a layup with 5.8 seconds to play, cutting the score to 68-67 in favor of the Rams.
Jones was fouled once again, making one of two, sending the Rams home winners, 69-67.
Dajah Logan's half court heave fell short as time expired.
Francis tried sparking a Bonnies comeback in the third quarter scoring eight of her 18 points in the period.
Bonaventure pulled within six, 44-38, with 4:39 to play in the third.
The Bonnies started slow in the first quarter, falling behind 12-2 and were forced to take a timeout.
After the timeout, the Bonnies outscored the Rams 14-6 the rest of the first period, trailing Rhody 18-15 heading into the second.
Rhode Island used an 11-2 run in the second quarter to extend its lead to double digits, 31-19, midway through the second quarter.
The Rams lead grew to as many as 15 after Nicole Jorgensen made a pair of free throws with 1:53 remaining in the half.
Johnson and President each converted at the rim to cut the Ram lead to 11, 37-26, as the teams went into the locker rooms for halftime.
Dale led the Rams with 18 points.
- St. Bonaventure starters – Asianae Johnson, Deja Francis, Emily Calabrese, Dajah Logan and Jurnee President.
- The Bonnies outscored the Rams 44-34 in the paint Sunday.
- Bonaventure won the points off turnovers, 20-4.
- Emily Calabrese led the Bonnies on the boards, grabbing seven rebounds.
- The Bonnies finished the game shooting 27-for-61 (44.3 percent) from the floor.
The Bonnies return home and are off for six days before hosting Richmond Sunday, Feb. 23. Tip is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
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