Jan. 11, 2004
ELMIRA, N.Y. - Temple used defense and balanced scoring to post a 70-56 win over St. Bonaventure on Sunday afternoon at First Arena.
Temple led 27-20 at halftime, a cushion gained largely thanks to a 13-2 run late in the first half. The Bonnies led 15-14 before Temple's surge, which ended at the 2:24 mark with the Owls ahead 27-17. Cynthia Jordan scored five of Temple's points in that run.
The Owls then opened a 13-point lead early in the second half, going up 38-25 with 16:10 remaining after a 9-2 run. St. Bonaventure could not come any closer than five points after that. Temple made 55 percent (15-27) of its field goal attempts in the second half, including 2-3 from three-point range.
Four Temple players scored in double figures: Candice Dupree (14), Christena Hamilton (12), Ari Moore (11) and Britney Jordan (11). Cynthia Jordan finished with seven points and eight assists.
The Owls limited Bonnies' junior guard Stefanie Collins, the second-leading scorer in the Atlantic 10 at 19.7 points per game, to eight points on 3-15 shooting.
A crowd of 1,702 witnessed the Atlantic 10 Conference game, which was played approximately 70 miles east of the St. Bonaventure campus. It was the first time St. Bonaventure has played at First Arena. Elmira is close in proximity to Odessa, N.Y., which is the hometown of Collins.
"It felt great to be home with this crowd today," Collins said. "It was an amazing atmosphere to play in, but I wish we had gotten a win."
"I thought it was a great atmosphere," said Bonnies coach Jim Crowley. "Maybe our team was too excited in the first half."
St. Bonaventure senior guard Lyndsey Maurer led all scorers with 17 points in just 22 minutes of action. Junior guard Caitlin Crist was the only other Bona player in double figures, with 12 points. Crist and Collins both grabbed seven rebounds, but the Bonnies were outrebounded 45-33.
St. Bonaventure lost for the sixth straight time and is now 4-10 overall and 0-3 in the A-10. Temple remained undefeated in the A-10 at 3-0 and is 7-6 overall.
The Bonnies will return to action on Jan. 16 at Duquesne.