Feb. 8, 2004
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - Turnovers and an injury were the major factors as Rhode Island defeated St. Bonaventure, 73-59, on Sunday afternoon at the Reilly Center.
The Bonnies, who on Friday night beat Saint Joseph's 70-68, committed 23 turnovers on the day, including 13 in the second half. The Rams converted 10 points off those turnovers and took 19 more shots (63-49) than the Bonnies did.
The Bonnies played the majority of the game without their leading scorer, junior guard Stefanie Collins. Collins, who averages 17.4 points per game, sprained her right ankle nine minutes into the game and did not return. She did not score. Her status is listed as day-to-day.
Rhode Island held just a 34-33 advantage at halftime, but scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 43-35 lead with 16:04 remaining. Senior guard Lyndsey Maurer drained a three-point basket at the 11:38 mark to bring the Bonnies back to within six at 50-44, but St. Bonaventure would come no closer.
The Bonnies shot 41 percent (18-44) from the field, including 29 percent (5-17) from three-point range, on the day.
Maurer was the Bonnies' leading scorer with 18 points. She also tallied three steals. junior forward Tory Vyborny was the only other St. Bonaventure player in double figures with 12 points, including 10 in the first half, to go with three rebounds. Senior forward Becky Valenti had seven points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.
Sophomore guard Shannon Bodamer pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, but the Bonnies were outrebounded 39-27. Rhode Island grabbed 16 offensive rebounds compared to only five for Bona.
"It's disappointing," said Bonnies coach Jim Crowley. "I was looking forward to today, to see if we could match our performance from Friday (win over Saint Joseph's). These weekends can be tough. Rhode Island pressured us, and made us play a little fast at times, but we just did not execute. Not having Stef (Collins) obviously hurt, but we were still only down one at halftime. You can't expect to win when you have 13 turnovers in the second half and let a team have 19 more shots than you."
Tanya Rhodes, Chrys Washington and Denise King all netted 11 points for the Rams.
The Bonnies fell to 7-14 overall and 3-7 in A-10 play. The Rams improved to 12-10 overall and 5-6 in conference play.
The Bonnies next play on Feb. 12 at La Salle at 7 p.m.