It was a close call, but St. Bonaventure women’s basketball winning streak is alive, reaching 16 Wednesday night in a dramatic 59-54 victory over Dayton in the UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
The Bonnies trailed almost all the way until sophomore Miranda Drummond buried her sixth three-pointer of the game for a 55-54 lead with 25 seconds to go. Two free throws each by Emily Michael and Katie Healy sealed the victory for Bona (17-2, 6-0 Atlantic 10 Conference).
Drummond finished with 23 points and nine rebounds. She was 6 for 13 from three-point range. Her teammates were a combined 0 for 12.
Healy, despite foul trouble, had 22 points and seven rebounds. Michael had only three points but her eight defensive rebounds were vital.
Defense enabled the Bonnies to come back. They shut out Dayton, 15-0, for the last 4:30.
The Flyers led by 13 in the second quarter and 31-26 at the half. It was 47-40 after three quarters. Dayton added two points to its advantage in the period despite making only 3 of 15 attempts.
Next for Bona is a Saturday afternoon game at Duquesne, which has lost only one A-10 game.
At Alumni Arena in Amherst, the University at Buffalo women (10-7, 2-4 MAC) lost their third Mid-American Conference game in a row, falling to Western Michigan, 92-78.
UB led, 21-17 after the opening quarter but was outscored, 23-13, in the second and never was able to get even.
Joanna Smith had 24 points and Stephanie Reid 22 in the loss. Western was led by Jessica Jessing’s 26 points.
UB shot 47.5 percent (29 of 61), but the visiting Broncos (12-6, 4-2) were much better, making 29 of 51 for 56.9 percent, including 8 of 11 from three-point range and 26 of 29 at the foul line.
A much-improved Niagara women’s team (6-11, 4-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) faces a difficult test Thursday night against Iona (10-9, 6-2 MAAC) at the Hynes Athletic Center in New Rochelle.
The host Gaels won’t be in a very good mood. A week ago they were sitting atop the MAAC standings but road losses at Marist and Manhattan dropped them into a tie for second place with Marist (6-2), one game behind Siena (7-1).
Niagara’s senior center Sam Lapszynski may be the most improved player in the MAAC. She is averaging 13.5 points and 8.3 rebounds. Last season she averaged 1.7 points and 2.6 rebounds.