The four-game winning streak for the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team came to an end Monday when the Bonnies dropped a 58-53 decision to Middle Tennessee State in the UTSA Holiday Classic in San Antonio, Texas.
The Bonnies held the lead for most of the game, including by as many as eight points early in the second half, but failed to get over the hump against a quality opponent.
Middle Tennessee (8-3) is ranked No. 26 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index and is one of the best mid-major programs around, having made six NCAA fields in the last eight years, including the last two.
In Monday's win, the Blue Raiders got 16 points and 11 rebounds from freshman forward Ebony Rowe.
Middle Tennessee made 15 of 27 free throw attempts as the Bonnies were called for 20 fouls. St. Bonaventure, on the other hand, went 6-for-6 from the free throw line as the Blue Raiders were whistled for just 10 fouls.
Tied at 37-37 in the second half, the teams traded buckets until a 5-0 spurt gave Middle Tennessee a 50-45 lead with 6:56 left. The Bonnies got as close as 53-51 with 1:46 left, but missed shots combined with Middle Tennessee free throws kept the Blue Raiders ahead.
Megan Van Tatenhove scored 21 points with seven rebounds -- the only Bonnie in double figures -- as Jessica Jenkins and Armelia Horton each added seven points.
St. Bonaventure (7-4) will play host school University of Texas of San Antonio at 8 tonight in the final game of the two-day classic.
The final non-conference Big 4 clash happens tonight at 7 in Alumni Arena when the University at Buffalo (4-5) hosts Niagara (1-8).
Buffalo senior Kourtney Brown is the only player in the country to be ranked in the top 15 in scoring (21 ppg, 13th), rebounding (12.3 rpg, third) and field goal percentage (69.1 percent, sixth).
Meanwhile Canisius (3-6) concludes a four-game road stretch at 7 tonight at Bowling Green. Freshman Jen Morabito was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week after netting a career-high 24 points in the Golden Griffins' win at Cornell on Sunday.