The adversity started for the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team before they even jumped center on Friday night.
On Monday, the Bonnies lost their starting point guard, senior Priscilla Edwards, to a season-ending shoulder injury. Then they lost starting forward Ashley Edwards to back spasms with no projected return date in site.
But there was a bright side -- a tough and aggressive 61-55 season-opening win over Bucknell in front of 313 at the Reilly Center.
"I'm pleased with the team focus and the team approach," coach Jim Crowley said. "It was a rough week of practice -- and these guys stuck together and turned it up a bit and really made sure we did the little things."
The little things included taking advantage of Bucknell's man-to-man defense while applying their own aggressive attack to jump out to a 21-6 lead.
But the Bison went on a 16-3 run to close the gap to 24-22. The Bonnies were able to regroup, get a few points in transition and maintain their lead for their entire game.
"Of course you instantly panic when they make a run but we bounced well from it mentally," said sophomore Dana Mitchell who had a game-high 17 points. "We just went right back at them. . . . Our mental toughness is at its top level right now. I think we've jelled well as a team."
Freshman Armelia Horton had 15 points and nine rebounds while sophomore Andrea Doneth had 13 points and four assists.
Bona men drop opener
The Mark Schmidt era at St. Bonaventure kicked off with a loss as the men's team dropped a 68-57 decision to Boston University in Case Gym.
Turnovers hurt the Bonnies as the team committed 20, leading to 18 points for BU and 13 fewer shots.
"You can't turn the ball over 20 times and expect to win," Schmidt said. "That's a good team and they played like it."
Michael Lee led Bona (0-1) with 24 points, shooting 9 of 13 from the field while adding eight rebounds.
The Bonnies won the battle of shooing percentage, hitting 43.8 percent from the field while holding the Terriers to just 39.3 percent. Bona even won the rebounding battle, holding a 37-29 advantage on the boards.
Corey Scott led the Terriers (1-0) with 28 points.
Bona hosts Binghamton at 7 p.m. Monday in its home opener in the Reilly Center.
West Virginia bounces Griffs
There was no upset in the making in Morgantown, W.Va. as No. 18 West Virginia cruised to a 76-49 win over Canisius.
Freshman Micayla Drysdale scored 13 points, going 3 of 4 from three-point range, while sophomore Brittane Russell added 11 points.
The Mountaineers, who shot 40.5 percent from the field, held a 49-33 advantage in rebounds, including 24 on the offensive end.