Feb. 14, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team's struggles continued today at the Liacouras Center, as Temple downed the Bonnies, 68-36.
Temple, which held a 33-16 lead coming into the second half, took a 33-20 lead with 18 minutes remaining in regulation. Over the next 4:40, the Owls went on a 13-2 run, capped by two free throws from Cynthia Jordan, to take a 46-22 lead with 13:20 left. The Bonnies were unable to counter the Owls' attack, allowing the deficit to grow to as many as 32 points over the closing minutes.
In the first half, Temple jumped out to a quick 8-2 advantage with 16:04 remaining, and they would never relinquish the lead. Down 12-6 at the 12:31 mark, the Bonnies mounted an 8-3 run of their own, capped by a layup from junior forward Tory Vyborny , to cut Temple's lead to 15-14 at the 8:28 mark. That was the closest the Bonnies would come for the rest of the game, as they Owls closed the half on an 18-2 run.
For the first time since Feb. 1, 2001, the Bonnies failed to convert a three-point basket in a game. St. Bonaventure went 0-9 from long range, while the Owls converted 6-12 (50 percent). The Bonnies finished the game shooting 16-56 (29 percent) from the field. Temple shot 45 percent (28-62) on the day, including 86 percent (6-7) from the free throw line.
Vyborny led the Bonnies with 10 points on 5-9 from the field, while tallying four rebounds.
Senior guard Lyndsey Maurer finished with eight points to go with five rebounds and one steal. Senior forward Becky Valenti pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, while notching three points in the loss.
Temple took advantage of the Bonnies' 24 turnovers for the game, converting them into 24 points. The Owls, who outrebounded the Bonnies 40-37, notched 16 second chance points to the Bonnies' six.
The loss dropped the Bonnies to 7-16 overall and 3-9 in the Atlantic 10. Temple improved to 15-8 and 11-1 in conference play.
The Bonnies host conference foe Massachusetts on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.