Jan. 6, 2004
KINGSTON, R.I. - After cutting an 18-point second-half deficit to two, St. Bonaventure couldn't complete the comeback as the Bonnies fell 72-64 tonight at Rhode Island.
The Rams scored on their first six possessions of the second half opening an 18-point lead, 50-32, on a jump shot by Chrystal Washington with 14:54 remaining in the game.
Following a timeout by head coach Jim Crowley, the Bonnies responded with a 9-4 run to cut the deficit to 11 with 10:59 remaining. Four St. Bonaventure players scored during the run, capped by a deep three pointer by freshman Stephanie Merlo.
Over the next four minutes both teams exchanged baskets with the Rams up by 13 with 6:29 remaining.
In the next 3:17, the Bonnies' pressure defense held Rhode Island scoreless in all five possessions, while St. Bonaventure closed the lead to two, 64-62, with an 11-0 run. Junior Tory Vyborny scored four points during the run, which was capped by a three-pointer by Merlo.
Rhode Island extended its lead to four again, 66-62, before the Bonnies again got within a possession, 66-64, on a free throw by senior Lyndsey Maurer with 1:59 remaining.
Unfortunately for St. Bonaventure, Rhode Island scored on its next three possessions while the Bonnies were held scoreless.
In the first half, the Rhode Island jumped out to an 8-2 lead early on a jump shot by Shayla Johnson.
After St. Bonaventure cut the deficit to one, 14-13, the Rams went on a 13-3 to take a 27-16 lead with 5:11 remaining in the first half. Both teams exchanged baskets as Rhode Island headed into the half up 38-28.
The Bonnies, who shot 36 percent from the field (20-55), received a balance scoring attack, led by Vyborny's 12 points. Junior Stef Collins and Merlo both finished with 10 points. Senior Jade Humble grabbed a team-high eight rebouns to go with six points and two blocks.
Rhode Island out rebounded St. Bonaventure 36-34 as Johnnson snagged five offensive rebounds in the winning effort. Johnson also scored a game-high 22 points.
With the loss, St. Bonaventure fell to 4-8 overall and 0-1 in A-10 play. Rhode Island improves to 1-0 in conference play and 8-4 overall.
The Bonnies return to action this Friday as they host Xavier. This game will be a special noon start.