Jan. 9, 2004
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - It's becoming a familiar feeling for the St. Bonaventure's women's basketball team--a valiant come-from-behind effort fails to produce a win. Unfortunately, the Bonnies reinforced that fact, dropping a 63-61 contest against Xavier Friday afternoon at the Reilly Center.
"I hope this loss brings out the anger in our team," said head coach Jim Crowley. "We have kids here who are sick of coming so close to a win and not converting."
With the Musketeers holding a 59-57 lead with 1:40 remaining in regulation, St. Bonaventure's junior guard Stef Collins drove the lane into two defenders and drained the layin with .36 ticks remaining. Officials waved the shot and called Collins for an offensive foul, giving possession to Xavier who converted two free throws. Senior guard Lyndsey Maurer's running one-hander with six seconds left brought the Bonnies within one, 62-61.
St. Bonaventure continued to press and foul over the final seconds, but the Musketeers made key free throws to maintain the lead. A last-second three-point attempt from Collins went too long, extending the Bonnies' losing streak to five.
Although trailing most of the game, the Bonnies kept at the heels of the Musketeers and never fell back by more than eight points with 4:29 remaining in the first half with a 28-20 margin.
Down 32-26 at the start of the second stanza, the Bonnies mounted a 14-6 run to tie Xavier at 40 with a layin from senior forward Jade Humble with 10:14 remaining. With nine minutes left, Collins drained a three-pointer and two shots from the charity stripe to give the Bonnies their first lead since a 13-11 margin in the first half.
The Bonnies' offense ran efficiently, tallying 14 assists to Xavier's six. St. Bonaventure shot 39 percent (21-54) for the game, including 8-16 from behind the arc. The Musketeer's shot a slightly better 42 percent (22-52) from the field and 46 percent (5-11) from three-point land.
Both teams worked the ball well inside, each posting 18 points in the paint. Junior forward Tory Vyborny led the Bonnies in that area, totaling 14 points and pulling down a team-high seven rebounds. Xavier's forward Tara Boothe dropped a game high 25 points on the Bonnies' defense to go with a game-high nine rebounds.
"This was just a well-played basketball game," Crowley said. "Unfortanatly we came out on the wrong end."
Collins led the Bonnies in scoring, tallying 20 points, including 4-5 from three-point Range, while adding six rebounds. Maurer was the only other player in double-figures with 14 points.
The loss dropped the Bonnies to 0-2 in Atlantic 10 Conference play and 4-9 overall. With the win, Xavier snapped its two-game losing streak and improved to 9-5 overall and 1-2 in the A-10.
The Bonnies will host Temple at First Arena in Elmira, N.Y. Sunday, Jan. 11. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m.