Jan. 18, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior guard Stefanie Collins scored 20 points to lead St. Bonaventure to its first Atlantic 10 Conference win of the season, a 70-58 decision over Massachusetts on Sunday afternoon at the Mullins Center.
Collins did all of her scoring in the second half to help the Bonnies take control. After taking only one shot in the first half, she went a perfect 6-for-6 in the second half, including 4-for-4 from three-point range. Collins also handed out four assists in the game.
The Bonnies made 11 of their 21 three-point attempts (52 percent) in the game.
A strong start was equally important in the Bonnies' second road victory of the year. St. Bonaventure jumped out to an 8-2 lead to start the game, then later used a 10-2 run to go ahead 30-18 with 2:48 left in the first half.
At halftime, the Bonnies led 36-24. Led by Collins, they scored 13 of the first 14 points of the second half to open a 49-27 advantage. Collins drained a pair of three-pointers and another jumper in that run.
St. Bonaventure ended a seven-game losing streak and improved to 5-11 overall and 1-4 in the Atlantic 10.
"I was very pleased with our approach today. We came out with great focus," said Bonnies coach Jim Crowley. "During our losing streak, we were missing two things - open shots and rebounding ... today we did both of those."
Junior forward Tory Vyborny scored 14 points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds for St. Bonaventure, which outrebounded the Minutewomen 34-27. Senior forward Becky Valenti added seven points, while senior guard Lyndsey Maurer and freshman forward Audrey Latendresse added six points apiece. Led by Latendresse's three steals, the Bonnies scored 16 points off 11 UMass turnovers.
Joyce Massey led Massachusetts, which fell to 5-12 overall and 1-5 in the A-10, with 16 points.
The Bonnies will return home to host a pair of conference games next weekend, staring with George Washington on Friday, Jan. 23, at 7:00.