Upstart Bowling Green spoiled Senior Day for JoAnna Smith and a record-breaking performance by Stephanie Reid in the Mid-American Conference, and St. Bonaventure's season ended with a first-round loss at La Salle in the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Saturday in Big 4 women's college basketball.
Bowling Green upset UB, 64-62, at Alumni Arena while the Bonnies fell to the Explorers, 73-70, in Philadelphia.
Smith had 25 points and Reid had six assists in the loss as she set a UB for assists in a season. Reid broke the mark of 1999 by UB assistant coach Ashley Zuber in the first quarter and finished with 202.
Losing to the lowly Falcons (8-20, 4-12 MAC) damages UB's chances of drawing a first-round bye in the MAC Tournament. The Bulls fell to 9-7 in the MAC and 19-8 overall.
Bowling Green took the lead for good, 57-55, on a three-pointer by Sydney Lambert with 4:52 to play. The Falcons built the margin to 60-55 with 1:30 left. A three by Smith made it 61-60 with 1:11 left, and UB had two chances to tie but twice missed one of two free throws in the final minute. Smith fouled out with 8 seconds left and Carly Santoro of the Falcons went to the line, making one of two shots. Reid missed a drive with 1 second left and Summer Hemphill's rebound attempt rolled off as the game ended.
Hemphill, the freshman from Cardinal O'Hara, had her second huge game in a row with 16 rebounds.
The Bulls had a 53-45 advantage entering the fourth quarter but were outscored, 19-9, in the period.
The Bona women nearly overcame an 11-point fourth quarter deficit in their loss at Tom Gola Arena. A long three by Mariah Ruff made it 68-66 after Bona had trailed 66-57 with 3:42 to play. The Bonnies had two possessions after Ruff's three but could not score. A drive by Ruff made it 70-68 with 16 seconds left before Adreana Miller made two free throws. Miller converted one after another Ruff basket made it 72-70 with 9 seconds to go.
Ruff finished with 22 points and Gabby Richmond had 18 for the Bonnies, who finished 9-20. Miller led La Salle with 20 points including 7 of 8 free throws.
Meanwhile in Hamden, Conn., Canisius fell to first-place Quinnipiac, 62-49, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game. Saliah Serrette was the only Golden Griffin to score in double figures. She had 12 points. The Griffs led 16-10 after one quarter but were outscored, 37-19, by the Bobcats (24-6, 17-3 MAAC) in the two middle quarters. It was the final regular season game for Canisius (9-20, 8-12 MAAC) before next week's conference tournament in Albany.
Canisius will be the No. 8 seed in the MAAC tournament and will face No. 9 Niagara in the opening game of the tournament at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at Times Union Center.
Niagara (9-20, 5-14) will wrap up its regular season against Monmouth (13-15, 8-11) in West Long Branch, N.J., this afternoon at 2 p.m.