In a game where each side struggled with its shooting, La Salle defeated St. Bonaventure, 57-45, at the Reilly Center Tuesday night. The Explorers, the surprise team so far in Atlantic 10 Conference women’s basketball, shot only 34.6 percent from the floor and only 3 of 10 from three-point range but made up for it at the free-throw line. La Salle made 18 of 21 foul shots (85.7 percent). Bona’s shooting was even colder -- 15 of 54 (27.8 percent) and only 1 of 10 from three-point range.
La Salle (14-9, 8-4 A-10) led virtually all the way. The Explorers were in front, 20-19, at halftime after the teams produced only nine points between them in the second quarter. Combined the teams shot 22 percent in the first half, 1 for 12 from beyond the arc. Bona’s biggest lead was 25-20 in the third quarter but a 9-0 run by La Salle wiped that out.
Amy Griffin led the Explorers with 18 points. Mariah Ruff had 18 points for St. Bonaventure (9-15, 4-8 A-10).
Next for the Bonnies will be a Saturday afternoon home game with Saint Louis.
The Atlanta Falcons aren't the only team trying to shake off some bad memories this week. The St. Bonaventure men's basketball team has to put Saturday's disappointing overtime loss to VCU, a game that Bonnies apparently had won with less than a second to play then lost after a bizarre technical foul call allowed the visitors to the game at the Reilly Center.
Coach Mark Schmidt team (14-8, 6-4 Atlantic 10) will try to enhance its chances of finishing in the top four in the conference standings against Saint Louis (8-15, 3-7) in the Reilly Center. The Bonnies had an relatively easy time defeating the Billikens last month in St. Louis building a 46-15 halftime lead on the way to a 71-52 victory. Matt Mobley last week's A-10 Player of the Week led that victory with 23 points while Jaylen Adams, returning to action after missing two games with an ankle injury, tied the Bona record with 14 assists. Schmidt However, they needed a last-second three by Jaylen Adams to defeat Saint Louis in the Reilly Center last season.
While the Bonnies are facing Saint Louis, two teams close to them in the conference standings, LaSalle (6-4) and George Mason (5-5) will be playing conference road games. La Salle visits Fordham while George Mason will be at Davidson. So, it presents an opportunity for Bona to gain or save some ground in the standings.
Saint Louis has been without leading scorer Jermaine Bishop for the last 14 games due to an ankle injury. The lingering recovery has the Billikens considering redshirting Bishop for the rest of the season. Guard Davell Roby leads Saint Louiis 11.2 points per game/ Another guard, senior Mike Crawford averages 10 points per game.