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Big 4 Hoops: Bona women lose at Duquesne

St. Bonaventure's women's team got off to a rough start in its final regular season game and lost to Duquesne, 83-61, in the A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh.

The Dukes, who swept the season series from the Bonnies, had a 9-1 advantage in the last 4:03 of the opening quarter and took a 17-6 lead into the first break. Duquesne led 61-38 after three quartrs against the Bonnies, who lost their seventh in a row.

Bona finished its Atlantic 10 Conference regular season at 4-12, the same as Davidson. However, the Bonnies defeated the Wildcats in their only meeting this season. Duquesne is 15-14, 8-8 in conference play. The seedings and brackets for the A-10 tournament won’t be final until the completion of the conference schedule tonight.

Mariah Ruff and Mckenna Maycock (Randolph) had 15 points each for Bona. Alisha Terry had 10. Chassidy Omogrosso led Duquesne with 19 points, including 7 for 7 at the foul line.

St. Bonaventure will try to improve its chances of a top four finish in the Atlantic 10 men's basketball while the University at Buffalo women's team will be out to avenge its worst loss of the season in Wednesday night's Big 4 games.

Bona (16-10, 8-6 Atlantic 10 Conference) will face a slumping Saint Joseph’s team (10-16, 3-11 A-10) at Hagan Arena in Philadelphia with an eye still on earning a bye into the quarterfinals of the conference tournament in Pittsburgh next month. The Bonnies are in a three-way tie for fifth place with George Mason and La Salle. While the Bonnies are facing the Hawks tonight, George Mason will be at Dayton, which is tied for the conference lead with VCU. La Salle will be at home against Rhode Island, which is tied for third at 9-5 with Richmond. Richmond will be home to Davidson.

If outcomes break in their favor the Bonnies could be in a tie for third or fourth place with three games left in the conference regular season. The Bonnies have home games against Duquesne and Massachusetts left and a road game at Davidson remaining.

Saint Joseph’s has lost its last six games, its longest losing streak since 2011, and has been hit hard by injuries. Still "The Hawk never dies" has long been the watchword in Philadelphia Big 5 basketball and Bona can’t expect an easy time. The Bonnies had to overcome an 18-point deficit to defeat coach Phil Martelli’s Hawks, 67-63, in the Reilly Center last month.

In a loss to Massachusetts on Feb. 11, Saint Joseph’s lost starting point guard Lamarr Kimble with a broken foot. They already were missing guard Shavar Newkirk, a 20.3 ppg scorer, who was injured 12 games into the season. Senior forward James Demery (13.7) and freshman swingman Charlie Brown (12.7) ar the Hawks’ leading scorers now.

Bona lost its last game, 76-72, at Dayton despite a career-high 35 points by Jaylen Adams, who is averaging 21.6 ppg, 11th in the nation.

UB defeated Ohio three times last season, but the Bobcats got some revenge against the Bulls when they met on Jan. 4, winning 83-58, in Athens, Ohio.

It was the first of three straight conference losses for the Bulls (18-7, 8-6 Mid-American Conference). UB has won its last two at Eastern Michigan and at home over Akron.

JoAnna Smith of the Bulls scored 29 points in the loss to Ohio in January. Lately, guard Sephenie Reid has been outstanding. She has 11 assists against Akron, her fifth game this season with 11. Reid ranks third in the NCAA with 7.5 assists per game. She tied the UB record with 16 assists in a victory against Ball State.


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