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Big 4 women: Bona, UB both lose

For the second straight game, St. Bonaventure built a quick double-digit lead. And for the second time, they let the lead slip away.

The Bonnies lost their fourth straight on Wednesday, 68-58, at Delaware. Meanwhile at Alumni Arena, the University at Buffalo suffered a 78-52 loss to Duquesne.

In Newark, Del., the Blue Hens were playing without All-American Elena Della Donne, who has missed all but one game this season while battling the effects of Lyme Disease. The Bonnies came out shooting well from long range and a three-pointer by CeCe Dixon made it a 29-15 lead.

But Delaware closed out the half on a 8-1 to cut the lead to 30-25 at halftime.

The Blue Hens then went on a 10-2 run to start the second half and take their first lead of the game, 35-32. A three-pointer from Emily Michael tied the game, 35-35, but Delaware went on a quick 4-0 spurt and never trailed the rest of the game.

Dixon led the Bonnies with 14 points. Doris Ortega added 13 points while Ashley Zahn had 10.

The Bonnies also led by double figures in the first half in their double-overtime loss to North Texas in the New Mexico Tournament Nov. 24.

The Bonnies play in the Toledo Tournament next, facing Southern University on Saturday.

At Alumni Arena, a 10-3 run to close out the first half gave Duquesne a 38-26 halftime lead. Belma Nurkic hit two three-pointers to start the second half, putting the Dukes in control, 44-26. The Bulls were held without a basket as Duquesne (5-1) built its 20-point lead.

Mackenzie Loesing led Buffalo (1-6) with 19 points while Rachael Gregory scored 13.

Duquesne shot 11 of 23 from three-point range with three players in double figures, paced by April Robinson’s 16.

The Bulls play at Bucknell on Saturday.