Women's Basketball Falls To St. Bonaventure, 56-50
Feb. 9, 2003
OLEAN, N.Y.. - St. Bonaventure University (6-15, 3-7) used a 12-0 run at the end of the first half and into the second half to defeat the University of Massachusetts (12-9, 4-6), 56-50, in an Atlantic 10 women's basketball game this afternoon at the Reilly Center.
"St. Bonaventure completely out-hustled us this afternoon," said UMass Head Coach Marnie Dacko. "We were not ready to play and they took advantage of our inconsistency on the perimeter. We do not play well when we are not getting assists and are out-rebounded. We came out flat and did not deserve to win the game."
St. Bonaventure closed out the first half on a 10-0 run to take a 28-18 lead into the break. After the Minutewomen tied the game at 18 on a three-pointer by junior Judit Zsedenyi (Budapest, Hungary), the Bonnies scored ten straight points in the final 4:17 of the first half. St. Bonaventure's Becky Valenti banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to give them the double-digit lead. Massachusetts was forced to play the majority of the first half without its two top post players. Senior Nekole Smith (Ann Arbor, Mich.) picked up two early fouls, while classmate Jen Butler (Brooklyn, N.Y.) missed four minutes with an injury. She then returned and picked up two quick fouls of her own. Freshman Cindy Gonzalez (Brooklyn, N.Y.) drained two trifectas on consecutive possessions mid-way through the half to keep UMass in the game. There were 22 fouls between the two teams in the first half .
After a basket by the Bonnies increased their lead to 12, the Minutewomen went on a 9-0 run of its own spanning 2:40 to get back in the game. After the teams traded baskets for a couple of minutes, a shot by senior Ebony Pegues (Columbus, Ohio) cut the UMass deficit to a point at 34-33, but that would be as close as it would get. After the Bonnies went back up by six, UMass made another come-back attempt but were unable to take the lead. A steal and lay-up by Butler made the score 42-40 at the 3:48 mark, but St. Bonaventure made clutch free throws down the stretch for the win.
Butler led the Minutewomen with her 17th double-double of the season on 16 points and 14 rebounds. Pegues had 11 points and two assists as well. Massachusetts shot just .279 (17-61) from the field and were 12-20 at the free throw line. The Bonnies were .386 from the field and 18-25 at the charity stripe.
UMass was out-rebounded, 42-38, and had only 10 assists in the game.
Courtney Mattingly led the Bonnies with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Caitlin Crist had 14 points.
The Minutewomen will travel to our nation's capital for a game against George Washington on Thursday, Feb. 13. Tip-off at the Smith Center is slated for 7:00 p.m. The Colonials will be looking for revenge as the Minutewomen defeated them, 62-53, on Senior Day at the Mullins Center last year ending their bid for an undefeated conference season.
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