It's not often that Jessica Jenkins goes an entire game without sinking at least one three-pointer. On Thursday, Jenkins was cold from long distance, along with the rest of her St. Bonaventure teammates, in a loss to Villanova.
But Jenkins responded in a big way, hitting eight three-pointers -- seven in the first half -- to pace the Bonnies to a 58-44 win over Norfolk State in the consolation game of the Monmouth University Hawks Holiday Classic in West Long Branch, N.J., Friday afternoon.
Jenkins' first three-pointer gave the Bonnies a 3-2 lead. They would never trail the rest of the game. The senior guard finished with 24 points. Her eight three-pointers were one off the school and Atlantic 10 record for most in a game and came on the heels of an 0-for-8 performance from beyond the arc in Thursday's loss.
Sophomore Doris Ortega pulled down a career-best 12 rebounds along with nine points while CeCe Dixon scored 11 points. It was the sixth time Dixon reached double figures this season after doing so just once last year. The Bonnies (12-2) once again played without Megan Van Tatenhove as she continues to recover from concussion-like symptoms. The team concludes its non-conference season hosting Sacred Heart at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
In Ames, Iowa, the University at Buffalo shot well from three-point range in the first half, but went cold in the second half in a 65-45 loss to host Iowa State in the Cyclone Challenge Championship.
The Bulls hit seven three-pointers in the first half and trailed the Cyclones by just three, 34-31, at halftime but managed just 14 points total points in the second.
Brittney Hedderson scored 12 points for the Bulls (5-9).
Though Canisius had some power play success in the second period, the Golden Griffins ended their non-conference season winless after a 5-2 loss to No. 12 Colgate in Hamilton. Colgate had taken a 2-0 first-period lead but the Griffs struck quickly on the power play in the second period to tie the game.
Taylor Law got Canisius (4-11-3) on the board at 1:50 and Kyle Gibbons scored just 21 seconds later.
But Colgate (12-4-2) scored on the power play midway through the second then netted a short-handed goal late in the period for a 4-2 lead.
Meanwhile, No. 2 Minnesota overpowered Niagara, 5-1, in the first round of the Mariucci Classic. The Gophers (15-5-1) went up 4-0 before Tyler Matthews got Niagara on the board with a goal early in the third. Niagara (5-6-6) will meet Princeton in today's consolation.