Jan. 30, 2004
THE BRONX, N.Y. - St. Bonaventure and Fordham played a tight defensive struggle Friday night at Rose Hill Gymnasium ... so tight that neither club could top 50 points.
Following some last-minute drama, the Rams prevailed 50-47 to take a one-game lead over the Bonnies in the Atlantic 10 East division.
Neither team could get its offense in sync as both clubs were solid on defense. There were 12 ties and eight lead changes over the course of the game.
Junior guard Caitlin Crist drove and scored St. Bonaventure's last field goal with 2:38 remaining, tying the game at 47-47. Twenty-five seconds later, Beth Ann Dickinson drained a three-pointer - Fordham's second of the game - to put the Rams ahead 50-47.
St. Bonaventure had two opportunities to tie the game in the final minutes but could not connect. Stephanie Merlo missed a three-pointer with the shot clock winding down and just over 1:00 left. Stefanie Collins appeared to have drawn a foul on the final possession of the game, but no call was made and Fordham escaped.
An 11-0 run over a 3:37 span at the end of the first half and the start of the second had put St. Bonaventure ahead 29-24 with 17:00 to play, but that was the Bonnies' largest lead. Fordham quickly came back to tie the game.
The Bonnies, who fell to 6-13 overall and 2-6 in the A-10, made just 18 of their 52 field goals (34 percent). Led by Collins' 3-3 shooting, Bona was 6-13 from three-point range. Fordham did not fare any better, shooting 20-56 (35.7 percent) from the field and 2-8 from long distance. The Rams' one glaring advantage was on the boards, where they outrebounded the Bonnies 45-30.
Collins led the Bonnies with nine points. Freshman forward Audrey Latendresse had eight points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Merlo, senior guard Lyndsey Maurer and junior forward Tory Vyborny each scored six points. Shannon Bodamer was the team's leading rebounder with six.
Monica Mack led Fordham (10-8/3-5) with 12 points. Dickinson, who came in averaging a team-best 14 points per game, was held to seven points.
St. Bonaventure is off until Feb. 6 when Saint Joseph's visits the Reilly Center at 7:00.