FAIRFAX, Va. – Fourth-seeded George Mason got a season-high 24 points from Jacy Bolton and 20 points and 19 rebounds from Natalie Butler to defeat No. 13 St. Bonaventure Tuesday in the first round of the 2018 Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship at EagleBank Arena.
Mason (23-8) advances to face No. 5 George Washington Friday in the championship quarterfinals at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va. That game along with the three other quarterfinal matchups will be streamed live on the A-10 Network. The Colonials were 69-49 winners over La Salle in Tuesday’s first round. The quarterfinals, semifinals and championship final will all be played in Richmond, Va. at the Richmond Coliseum for the fifth consecutive season.
Bolton shot lights out, sinking 9-of-12 (.750) from the field and 5-for-7 (.714) from 3-point range while Butler’s recorded her 30th straight double-double, which leads the nation.
St. Bonaventure’s Mariah Ruff led all scorers with 30 points. She sunk a trio of triples to become just the fifth player in Bonnies’ program history to tally 200 career 3-pointers. Danielle Migliore had 16 points and Mckenna Maycock finished with 15 points. Arielle Harvey lead SBU with six rebounds, while Jalisha Terry had a team-high six assists.
St. Bonaventure (8-22) had an early seven-point lead midway through the first quarter, but the Patriots battled back and had a 24-20 lead at the end of the period. The teams traded buckets through the second quarter until a jumper from Marika Korpinen sparked a 12-2 Mason run to end the half with the Patriots leading 44-35. That run made the difference, as the Bonnies never got closer than six in the second half.
Nicole Cardano-Hilary tallied 18 points for Mason and Korpinen had 12. Tayler Dodson had a game-high eight assists.