Feb. 22, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - St. Bonaventure dropped a 74-54 contest at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse on the campus of Saint Joseph's Sunday afternoon.
A late first half Saint Joseph's run, beginning at the 6:53 mark extended the Hawks' 21-18 lead. The Hawks outscored the Bonnies 14-0 to take a 32-21 lead with 1:35 remaining. St. Bonaventure would never recover. Saint Joseph's took a 35-26 lead into the intermission.
The Hawks, who held a 39-30 with 17:20 remaining in regulation, mounted a 14-5 run to take a 53-35 advantage at the 12:38 mark. The Bonnies countered, scoring two quick baskets from junior forward Tory Vyborny to cut the deficit to 14 points, 53-39. Over the next 3:50, Saint Joseph's went on an 11-0 run to seal the victory, taking a 64-39 advantage with 6:42 remaining. The Hawks led by as many as 26 points at the 1:53 mark on a three-point basket from Irina Krasnoshiok.
The Bonnies shot 44 percent (19-43) from the field on the day, including 33 percent (4-12) from behind the arc. The Hawks went 29-61 (48 percent) from the field and 33 percent (7-21) from long range. The Hawks netted 28 points on 23 St. Bonaventure turnovers.
Freshman guard Stephanie Merlo led the Bonnies with 12 points. She also handed out two assists and grabbed two rebounds. Senior guard Lyndsey Maurer and junior guard Caitlin Crist were the only other St. Bonaventure players in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Crist contributed a team-high six assists.
For the second consecutive game, senior forward Becky Valenti pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds, as the Hawks outrebounded the Bonnies 32-30.
Krasnoshiok and Stephanie Graff led the Hawks with 13 and 16 points, respectively.
The loss dropped the Bonnies to 8-17 overall and 4-10 in the Atlantic 10. The Hawks improved to 16-9 overall and 10-4 in conference play.
St. Bonaventure returns to the Reilly Center to take on Fordham in its final home game on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.