Feb. 26, 2004
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - St. Bonaventure moved into fourth place in the Atlantic 10 East division with a 72-59 win over Fordham in the Bonnies' final game at Reilly Center.
With the win, St. Bonaventure improved to 9-17 overall and 5-10 in the A-10, a full game ahead of Fordham. The Rams fell to 11-15 overall and 4-11 in conference play.
"We knew we wanted to come out and be the aggressor," said head coach Jim Crowley. "I was really pleased that people played to their strengths and did whatever the team needed."
The Bonnies opened the game on a 13-5 run, highlighted by three three-point baskets from junior guard Stefanie Collins, to take an eight-point advantage with 14:03 remaining. The Bonnies would never relinquish the lead.
St. Bonaventure, which held a 37-27 lead coming out of the intermission, scored the first nine points of the second half to establish a 20-point lead, 47-27, on a jumper from Collins. Over the next 6:09, Fordham clawed back, using a 13-7 run to cut the deficit to 10, 54-42, at the 10:56 mark. The Bonnies scored 11 of the next 16 points, taking a 67-47 lead with 6:09 remaining to seal the victory.
Collins led the Bonnies with a game-high 25 points, including 3-6 from behind the arc. She chipped in with six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Senior guard Lyndsey Maurer finished with 17 points to go with four assists in her final home game.
Junior forward Tory Vyborny was the only other St. Bonaventure player in double figures, netting 11 points on the night.
The Bonnies shot 48 percent (24-50) from the field, including 56 percent (15-27) in the first half. Behind six three-point buckets from Collins and freshman guard Stephanie Merlo, the Bonnies went 7-17 (41 percent) from behind the arc. Fordham finished the game shooting 39 percent (24-62) from the field and 35 percent (6-17) from three-point range.
Senior forward Becky Valenti and freshman forward Audrey Latendresse led the Bonnies with seven rebounds apiece, as St. Bonaventure won the battle of the boards, 38-29. Senior forward Jade Humble recorded a game-high three blocks to go with four points and four rebounds.
"I felt good about our D," Crowley said. "We made them take tough shots. When we have confidence we can shut a team down, and that is what we did inside tonight."
Monica Mack and Beth Ann Dickinson led Fordham with 18 and 12 points, respectively.
The Bonnies close out the regular season at Richmond on Sunday, Feb. 29, at 2 p.m.