Threes Prove Costly In Women's Basketball Loss To St. Bonaventure
Feb. 8, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - After trailing by just nine points at the half, St. Bonaventure kicked off the second half leading by 17-points at the first media timeout and UMass would never recover. The Bonnies then extended their lead to 20 with 10-minutes left and raised the lead to 29 by the five minute mark eventually defeating UMass 88-66.
The UMass effort was highlighted by a career best fight in the paint from Kim Pierre-Louis recording 26 points and falling just a rebound shy of a double-double. Jasmine Harris was the only other Minutewoman to score in double digits for the Minutewomen as she recorded 10 points. The Minutewomen are now 3-21 on the season and remain winless in the A-10.
St. Bonaventure finished the game with four players scoring in double figures. Nyla Reuter was the leading scorer for the game with 27-points, shooting 4-of-9 from three and 11-for-17 overall. Next in line was Hannah Little with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Chelsea Bowker was 6-of-10 from the floor with all of her shots coming from three point land and Katie Healy recorded 15 points of her own.
As a team the Bonnies finished shooting 58% from the floor and was 10-for-23 from behind the line. St. Bonaventure hit its free throws as well netting 10-of-15 opportunities.
Four UMass fouls in the first two minutes of play quickly allowed St. Bonaventure to shoot 6-of-7 from the charity stripe going along with the team's 57.1% field goal percentage in the first half.
The Bonnies offense was sparked early by three Bowker three-pointers to lift St. Bonaventure to an 11-3 lead to start the game but a pair of free throws and a Rashida Timbilla layup pulled the Minutewomen within four with the score at 13-9.
UMass would manage to keep the game close until a 6-0 run by St. Bonaventure extended the lead to 11 at the 3-minute, 42-second mark. A combined nine points between Reuter and Little would keep the Minutewomen at bay ending the half with a nine-point lead.
The first half finished with St. Bonaventure leading the Minutewomen 44-35 with three Bonnies scoring in double figures. The Bonnies were 50% from three-point land as well with a three from Reuter and five threes from the team's three-point marksman Chelseas Bowker. All five of which came in the first 12 minutes of play.