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Slow start ails Bonnies in road loss

Slow start ails Bonnies in road loss

Jan. 16, 2004

Box Score

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - - A late run from the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team was not enough to stop Atlantic 10 Conference foe Duquesne from walking away with a 74-60 victory.

The Dukes did not waste any time getting started, shutting out the Bonnies 16-0 over the opening 5:18 of the game. Conversely, the Bonnies missed their first eight attempts from the field.

Down 25-6 with 9:09 remaining in the first stanza, St. Bonaventure countered with an 11-1 run to pull within nine, 26-17, with 5:03 on the clock. However, Duquesne refused to back down, closing the half on a 17-2 run over the final 5:03, and they entered intermission with a 43-19 lead.

The Bonnies had their work cut out for them in the opening minutes of the second half, as they found themselves down 59-35 with 15:04 remaining in regulation. The Bonnies responded with a 23-6 run over the next 12 minutes to cut the Dukes' lead to 65-58 at the 2:52 mark. Junior guard Stef Collins and freshman guard Stephanie Merlo both drained three-point baskets to lead the Bonnies during the run. St. Bonaventure would come no closer, as Duquesne closed the game on a 9-2 run to seal the victory.

Collins led the Bonnies with 18 points, including 5-5 from the free throw line, to go with three assists. Freshman forward Audrey Latendresse poured in 16 points on 5-6 from the field and 6-6 from the charity stripe. Latendresse also finished the game with four rebounds and two steals. Merlo was the only other St. Bonaventure player in double figures with 13 points. Senior forward Becky Valenti led St. Bonaventure with a team-high six rebounds on the night.

The Bonnies shot 21-59 (36 percent) from the field, including a dismal 18 percent (3-17) from three-point range. The Dukes shot 43 percent (24-56) on the night and outrebounded the Bonnies 39-34.

The loss extended the Bonnies' losing skid to seven, and dropped them to 0-4 in A-10 play and 4-11 overall. The Dukes improved to 4-1 in the A-10.

St. Bonaventure remains on the road for a 2 p.m. contest at Massachusetts Sunday, Jan. 8.