This certainly wasn't the way the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team wanted to begin Atlantic 10 play. After building a double-digit lead, the Bonnies fell victim to a shooting drought down the stretch and lost to Duquesne, 60-54, Saturday in Pittsburgh.
The Bonnies (10-6, 0-1) led by as many as 16 points with 16:39 to go, but shot only 29.6 percent in the second half. Behind the arc, St. Bonaventure was just 3 of 20.
"I was disappointed we weren't able to finish against a high-quality opponent on the road," head coach Jim Crowley said. "We did some things well that gave us a chance to win, but we didn't finish it with rebounding and made shots like they did."
Through the first half, the Bonnies played as well as they have all season against a solid Duquesne team that's now 14-2 overall. St. Bonaventure forced 18 turnovers and then began the second half on an 8-0 run to make it 40-24.
Then, everything seemed to unravel.
Outside of Megan Van Tatenhove, who scored 19 points, the Bonnies struggled to find offense. And at the other end, 11 second-chance points in the second half keyed Duquesne's surge. The Bonnies' last lead was 47-46 with 5:09 left on a Chelsea Bowkey layup. Duquesne, which was paced by Vanessa Abel's 20 points, finished the game on a 14-3 run.
St. Bonaventure returns to action Wednesday at home against La Salle.
>UB falls apart
Much like the Bona women, the University of Buffalo women's team was in total control for one half. But the Bulls (8-7, 1-1) saw their 17-point lead vanish in the second at home against Kent State. A furious run by the Golden Flashes resulted in a 72-63 loss.
Kent State outscored UB, 48-22, in the second half to climb back, mostly behind a monster night from Jamilah Humes, who scored 27 points. The Bulls made only four two-point baskets during the second-half collapse.
Jessica Fortman (nine rebounds) led UB with 21 points, while Kourtney Brown (11 rebounds) and Nicki Hopkins each scored 14.
Kent State (11-3, 2-0) clawed back into the game with six three-pointers in the last frame, taking the lead for good with 7:49 left on a basket by Tamzin Barroilhet.
In other Big 4 women's action, Canisius lost at Loyola in Baltimore, 57-49. Ashley Durham led the Griffs with 20. Niagara (1-13, 0-3) lost big at Manhattan, 71-32. A 2-for-19 start from the field by NU ended that one early.
>Griffs riding high
Fresh off an uplifting win over Siena, the Canisius men's basketball team will look to keep its momentum going today against Rider at the Koessler Center at 2 p.m.
The Griffs (7-7, 1-3 MAAC) won in dramatic fashion Friday when Gaby Belardo banked in a floater with 8.8 seconds left and Tomas Vazquez-Simmons blocked a shot by Siena's Ryan Rossiter with 2.2 seconds to go. The win snapped Canisius' 10-game losing streak to Siena.
Offensively, the Griffs haven't been relying on one go-to guy. Four different players average in double figures, led by Elton Frazier at 11.9 points per game.
Meanwhile, Niagara will try to rebound from its loss to Rider with a game against Siena at the Gallagher Center today at 2. On Friday, the Purple Eagles fell behind by 20 and could never catch up.