Jan. 23, 2004
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - St. Bonaventure dropped its first of a two-game home stand Friday night at the Reilly Center, as George Washington downed the Bonnies, 73-61.
St. Bonaventure freshman forward Audrey Latendresse hit two free throws to pull the Bonnies within 56-55 with 6:29 remaining in regulation. George Washington then scored 17 of the next 21 points to pull away with the victory. The Colonials' Cathy Joens netted two of her five three-point baskets during that span, while also tallying three points at the foul line.
George Washington held only a 33-32 advantage at intermission, but went on a 17-6 run over the opening eight minutes of the second half to gain a 50-39 lead with 11:38 remaining. Junior guard Stef Collins drained a long three-pointer from the right side at the 10:01 mark to jumpstart a 9-4 St. Bonaventure run over the next 3:13.
From that point, the Colonials made key plays on the defensive end to hold the Bonnies to just six points over the remaining 6:29, including forcing an offensive foul on Collins, her fifth and disqualifying, with 3:40 remaining. George Washington went 7-8 from the free-throw line down the stretch to solidify the win.
The Colonials held the Bonnies to 37 percent (24-65) from the field and only 21 percent (6-29) from three-point range. George Washington, led by Joens' 22-point performance, shot 43 percent (27-63) from the field and 47 percent (8-17) from behind the arc.
Junior forward Tory Vyborny led the Bonnies with 14 points, while grabbing a team-high eight rebounds and two blocks.
The Colonials held Collins to just 12 points, seven below her average. Collins tallied four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Latendresse was the only other St. Bonaventure player in double-figures with 10 points. She pulled down eight rebounds to go with two blocks and a team-high four assists.
The loss dropped the Bonnies to 5-12 overall and 1-5 in the A-10. George Washington improved to 12-5 overall and 5-1 in conference play.
The Bonnies will close out the weekend with a game Sunday, Jan. 25 against Dayton at the Reilly Center. Tip off is scheduled for noon.