For the third time in four games, the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team was without senior forward Megan Van Tatenhove and this time, the Bonnies didn't have enough fire power to fill the void.
Shooting just 28.1 percent from the floor, the Bonnies dropped a 55-44 decision to Villanova in the opening round of the Monmouth University Hawks Holiday Classic.
With a 31-30 lead with about 13 minutes left in the game, Villanova (10-2) went on a 17-2 run over the next nine minutes. The Bonnies failed to hit a field goal in that span, netting their two points at the free-throw line.
For the first time this season, the Bonnies failed to have a player score double figures as Doris Ortega had nine points.
Van Tatenhove has been sidelined with the effects of a head injury she suffered in a game against Buffalo on Dec. 10.
St. Bonaventure stumbled offensively in the second half, scoring just nine points through the first 14 minutes.
The Bonnies shot just 20 percent (3 of 15) from three-point range including an 0-for-8 performance from Jessica Jenkins -- just the second time this year she has failed to make a three in a game.
The Bonnies, who saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end, meet Norfolk State at 2 today in the consolation game.
Elsewhere, the University at Buffalo won its second straight game with a 66-53 victory over New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in the first round of the Cyclone Challenge in Ames, Iowa.
With the score tied, 51-51, with 6:03 remaining, the Bulls went on an 8-0 run to take a 59-51 lead and control.
Nytor Longar had a career-high 19 points off the bench and Beth Christensen pulled down a career-best 14 rebounds for the Bulls. Longar shot 8 of 15 from the field and went 3 for 8 from the free-throw line.
Brittney Hedderson added 17 points for the Bulls, while Teresa Semalulu added a career-best 11 points and six steals.
"I thought that after a slow start we came out and did a lot of things well for the remainder of the game," Buffalo coach Linda Hill-MacDonald said. "We got some great minutes from Nytor and Teresa and they were a big reason for our victory today."
The Bulls will play host Iowa State in tonight's championship game after the Cyclones beat New Hampshire, 71-57.
In Syracuse, the Orange overpowered Niagara, 81-30. Syracuse (10-4) dominated every phase of the game, holding a 54-30 advantage in rebounds. They shot 43.1 percent (25 of 58) and went 28 of 36 from the free-throw line.
Niagara (3-9) was led by Meghan McGuinness, who had seven points as the team shot just 20.3 percent (12 of 59).
The last of the nonconference Big 4 men's basketball clashes has Niagara hosting St. Bonaventure at 7 p.m. in the Gallagher Center. The Bonnies (6-5) are looking to sweep their Big 4 games for the first time after defeating Buffalo and Canisius earlier this season. Bona is coming off an 82-58 win over St. Francis (Pa.) and has won four of its last six games.
Niagara (5-8) is coming off a strong showing in a 92-75 win over UMBC which snaped a four-game home losing skid. The Purple Eagles had season-highs in three-pointers (13), assists (20) and steals (12) and had a season-low seven turnovers.