Feb. 19, 2004
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - As a head coach, St. Bonaventure's Jim Crowley had won 72 career games prior to this evening's contest, but none in which his team won on free throws alone. Crowley's Bonnies outscored Massachusetts 10-4 in the extra stanza, all on free throws, to hold onto an 82-76 victory this evening at the Reilly Center.
"That was a first," Crowley commented on all 10 St. Bonaventure points coming from the free throw line. "We obviously shoot free throws in practice, but usually don't do well. However, we seem to do pretty good shooting them in games."
In the extra session, St. Bonaventure fell behind 74-72 following two Massachusetts free throws 31 seconds in. The Bonnies would respond, scoring the next nine points, all from the foul line, to take a 81-74 lead, one that they wouldn't relinquish. Senior guard Lyndsey Maurer scored four of the nine points during the run that lasted until 1:32 remaining.
"We did a good job attacking tonight and got them into foul trouble in the second half," Crowley said. "That paid off in overtime as we were able to get two shots every time we were fouled."
St. Bonaventure barely made overtime after falling down by as many eight in the second half.
The Minutewomen held a lead for most of the second half, up six, 68-62, with 3:40 remaining. But Bonnies' senior forward Becky Valenti sparked the team to a 7-1 run, tying the game at 69 with 1:25 left. Valenti scored the first two baskets, both put backs on offensive rebounds. Maurer capped the run with a three-point play as she made a jumper and was fouled.
Massachusetts would go up three, 72-69, with 20 seconds remaining as Tamara Tatham sunk two free throws.
Following a St. Bonaventure timeout, Maurer took a contested three pointer with six seconds remaining that fell short. Fortunately for the Bonnies, freshman Audrey Latendresse crashed the basket, caught the air ball and made the layup, being fouled at the same time. Latendresse calmly made the free throw, tying the score at 72 and forcing overtime.
St. Bonaventure entered the second half up two, 33-31 after jumping out to a 12-4 lead. A14-2 run, over four minutes, gave Massachusetts its first lead of the game, 25-24, with 6:38 remaining in the first half. A 5-0 run helped the Bonnies regain the lead, 33-29, before giving up a layup 1:11 before the half.
Maurer led all scorers with 26 points, tying her career-high. Maurer, who went 10 of 10 from the foul line, also added five assists and five rebounds. Latendresse also scored a career-high, pouring in 20 points on 6-11 from the field and 8-9 from the line.
Junior Stefanie Collins, who returned after missing the past two games with a sprained right ankle, added 14 points and freshman Stephanie Merlo added 10. Valenti grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to go with seven points. Junior Caitlin Crist added five point and freshman forward Megan Cable had a career-high two blocks.
Forward Joyce Massey led Massachusetts with 22 points, as four Minutewomen scored in double figures.
The Bonnies converted 26-32 from the foul line for 81.3 percent and 24-54 from the field for 44.4 percent. Massachusetts shot 48.3 percent on 28-58, but only 54.5 from the free throw line (12-22).
With the win, the Bonnies improve to 8-16 and 4-9 in Atlantic 10 play. St. Bonaventure also moved into a tie for fourth place in the A-10 East division with Fordham, who are also 4-9 following a loss tonight to Richmond. Massachusetts falls to 6-18 and 2-11 in the A-10.
The Bonnies make their only appearance on the Atlantic 10 Television Network as they