OLEAN -- Second round WNIT action will begin in about 45 minutes at the Reilly Center with St. Bonaventure hosting Northwestern. The winner gets Michigan -- place, date and time to be announced.
The Bonnies are 23-9 overall while Northwestern is 17-14, but don't let the record lull you into thinking Bona should have any type of easy time. Both teams favor low scoring, shoot the ball well and generate a fair amount of steals. Look for Northwestern to try and get the ball inside to junior center Amy Jaeschke (17.1 ppg) but be aware that Beth Marshall (7.6 ppg) light up Duquesne for 25 points -- mostly from three-point range -- in the Wildcats opening WNIT win.
Bona, meanwhile, will continue to provide match-up problems as the team can get scoring from all five positions on the floor, spread out the defense and especially make life miserable for post players not used to playing out from the basket.
Pre-game update: Senior Dana Mitchell is just five points shy of 2,000 for her career. She would be just the second player in Bona history to reach that mark.
14:40: Northwestern came out and hit two early threes, but Bona picked it up quickly, leading 9-6. Mitchell scored on an offensive rebound. She's now three points shy of 2,000.
8:05: Bona is not getting good shots and a three-pointer by Beth Marshall gives Northwestern a 17-16 lead.
2:43: Mitchell breaks the 2,000 point plateau and a three-pointer by Jessica Jenkins has the Bonnies up, 27-24.
Halftime: 31-31. Jenkins nailed a three-pointer with about five seconds on the clock to tie the game. Bona has had some difficulty with Jaeschke's size and Marshall's outside shooting but overall the defense has been OK. The Bonnies, however, have settled for some poor shots while the offense seems to not moving all that smoothly.
More stats: The Bonnies have seven points off five Northwestern turnovers. Bona is shooting 48 percent (12 of 25) and is 4 of 8 from three-point range. The Wildcats are shooting 45.8 percent (11 of 24) and have hit 4 of 9 from three-point range.
15:18: Bona comes out fired up and takes a 45-37 lead. But Megan Van Tatenhove, a huge contributer on the second half run, picks up her third foul. Size disadvantage just grew even bigger for the Bonnies.
10:39: Northwestern comes back (as one would expect). Bona leads, 51-47, and seems to be feeding off the energy of an enthusiastic home crowd.
7:12: The pace got far too frantic for both teams. Bona is clinging to a 51-49 lead. This is a slugfest.
2:49: A three-pointer by Dannielle Diamant gives Northwestern a 58-51 lead. Doesn't feel like the Bonnies have enough to pull this one out.
Final: Northwestern wins, 66-62. Center Amy Jaeschke put up an impressive stat line -- 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five turnovers. The Wildcats (18-14) shot 45.1 percent (23 of 51) for the game.
The Bonnies had four players in double figures led by Mitchell's 16 points, but got little offense out of their bench. In the second half, Bona got away from it's offense, stopped moving the ball, and shot just 33.3 percent (11 of 33) from the floor. More disappointing was an 11 of 17 showing from the free throw line.
Bona ends its season at 23-10.
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-- Amy Moritz