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St. Bonaventure Win over Fordham Highlights #A10WBB Saturday

Release: 02/02/2014
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Dayton 103, George Mason 81
DAYTON, Ohio -- 
The University of Dayton women’s basketball team scored in triple digits for the third time this season in tonight’s 103-81 victory over George Mason at UD Arena.  It was a complete team effort on the offensive end, with six players scoring in double figures for the home team.  The game also marked the 200th victory at Dayton for Head Coach Jim Jabir.

The first half was a battle for both squads.  After the Flyers built an eight point lead early on, the Patriots took a three point advantage (22-19) following a Janaa Pickard three pointer at the 11:08 mark in the first half.

Dayton was able to rebound and head to the locker room holding a 56-42 lead largely due to the strong first half by Celeste Edwards.  The freshman hit five three pointers in the half and tied her career high with 17 points.

On the other side, George Mason was able to remain competitive thanks to Sandra Ngoie and Taylor Brown.  Ngoie led the charge in the first half with 15 points, while Brown added 11 for the Patriots.  The pair finished with 21 and 30 points on the night, respectively.

The Flyers enjoyed a comfortable lead for most of the second half, expanding their lead to as much as 31 points with 2:24 to play.  The star of the night for Dayton was Ally Malott, who scored a career-best 25 points on the evening to go along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists.  18 of Malott’s points came in the second half, when her team needed her most.

With the win, Dayton improves to 13-5, 6-1 A-10, and George Mason falls to 6-16, 0-9 A-10.  The Flyers next game is on Wednesday, Feb. at UD Arena against Virginia Commonwealth. 

St. Bonaventure 74, Fordham 67
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team defeated Fordham on Saturday afternoon at the Reilly Center by the score of 74-67. Katie Healy tied a career-high with 27 points and Chelsea Bowker registered all 13 of her points in the second half en route to the Bonnies seven-point victory.  The Brown and White extends its win streak to five games and improves to 6-2 in the A-10.

The Bonnies and Rams entered today's contest neck-and-neck in the conference standings and today's game would play out just that way. The back-and-forth affair featured three lead changes and three ties in the first half, with both teams entering halftime knotted up at 33. St. Bonaventure looks as though they were going to take a three-point lead into the break, but a foul on a last second half-court shot would send the Rams' leading scorer Erin Rooney to the line where she knocked down all three of her free throws.  Rooney, the second leading scorer in the A-10 entering today's contest, was held to just five first half points and would finish with 11 on the game. The Bonnies defense, spearheaded by Emily Michael's tenacious effort, was able to not only lock-down Rooney but force the entire Fordham squad into difficult shooting situations the entire game.

Both teams opened the second half trading baskets, as the Rams were propelled by eight second half three-pointers (12-28 on the afternoon). Although there were six different lead changes in the second half, Fordham would hold its final lead of the game at the 7:12 mark. The Bonnies then went on a 21-12 run over the final seven minutes to seal the victory. Healy scored 11 of those points and Nyla Rueter hit two big jumpers in the final four minutes, one of which extended the Bonnies lead back up to six points and forced a Fordham timeout. St. Bonaventure, who was exceptional from the free throw line all day, knocked down nine out of 10 FT's In the final minute of the game. The Bonnies finished the game shooting and impressive 18-22 from the line.

George Washington 83, Rhode Island 68
WASHINGTON -
 Graduate student Danni Jackson tallied 22 points and 11 assists to lead the George Washington women's basketball team to an 83-68 win over Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island on Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center.

GW improves to 15-7 overall and 6-3 in A-10 play. The Colonials' 15 wins surpass last season's total, when they finished 14-16, and are the most since 2008-09.

Jackson posted her second double-double of the season and of her career. Her 22 points came on 8-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. Sophomore Jonquel Jones recorded 17 points and added three blocks, while grad student Megan Nipe added 16 points and three assists off the bench.

Freshman Hannah Schaible gave the Colonials four players in double figures with 10 points and game-high four steals, while grad student Brooke Wilson pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds to go with eight points.

Jackson set the tone early, draining a three-pointer on the first possession of the game. The Colonials scored 18 straight points over a four-minute stretch to jump out to a 26-4 lead before Kallie Banker ended the Rams' drought at the 11:30 mark.

The Colonials were hot from long distance in the first half, making six of 10 attempts, including their first five of the game, with three from Jackson and two from Nipe.

Back-to-back jumpers by Jones gave GW a game-high 26-point lead, 34-8, with eight minutes to play in the half, and though the Rams (6-16, 1-8 A-10) chipped away, they never got closer than 16. The Colonials led, 46-27, at halftime.

Jones and Jackson combined to score 19 of GW's first 28 points of the second half and 22 of 37 overall, as the Colonials shot 57.1 percent (16-28) in the period.

Tayra Melendez led URI with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Sydney Lewis, Kallie Banker and Kiara Palmer each had 10.

GW shot 53.4 percent in the game and matched a season-high with eight three-pointers. The Colonials outrebounded the Rams, 39-30 and had 22 assists on 31 made field goals.

The Colonials return to action on Wednesday when they visit league-leading Duquesne at 7 p.m.

Saint Joseph’s 70, VCU 51
PHILADELPHIA
- Saint Joseph's senior Erin Shields had a season-best 27 points as the Hawks' women's basketball team avenged an early-season loss to VCU with a 70-51 victory over the Rams Saturday afternoon at Hagan Arena.

Trailing by four at halftime, Saint Joseph's (17-5, 6-3 Atlantic 10) dominated the second half as it outscored the Rams 41-18.

The Hawks, who held the Rams to 20.6 percent shooting in the second half (7-of-34), used a 16-3 run to start the final period as a layup by senior Ilze Gotfrida put her team ahead 45-37.

VCU (17-5, 5-4 A-10) would score the next basket to cut the deficit to six, but that is as close as it would get over the remainder of the game. The Hawks held the Rams to just four points over a seven minute span as it opened a 62-43 lead on a layup by redshirt junior Ashley Robinson at 3:40.

Saint Joseph's defense held VCU to 1-of-9 from the field, 2-of-4 from the foul line and caused four turnovers during that stretch, and kept the Rams to just 29.2 percent shooting overall (21-of-72) and 16.7 percent from three-point range (3-of-18) for the game.

In a tight first half, VCU opened a 21-27 lead with under six minutes to play, but the Hawks fought back to make it a one-possession game, 31-29, on a Shields three-pointer with 50 seconds. The Rams would tally the final basket to take a 33-29 edge into the second half.

For the game, the Hawks shot 38.3 percent overall (23-of-60), but hit 46.4 percent (13-of-28) in the second half and finished 5-of-19 from three-point range (26.3 percent) and 19-of-24 from the foul line (79.2 percent).

Individually, Shields hit 9-of-18 from the floor, 4-of-4 from the foul line and added five assists in 36 minutes of play. Junior Natasha Cloud scored 12 points and had a game-high nine rebounds to go with five assists and three steals, while sophomore Sarah Fairbanks was the third Hawk in double figures as she finished with 13 points.

Robyn Parks led three Rams in double figures with 13 points.

Duquesne 55, La Salle 45
The Duquesne women's basketball team set a program record with their seventh straight Atlantic 10 Conference victory in their 55-45 win at Richmond on Saturday night. The Dukes (16-6, 8-1 A-10) were led by Wumi Agunbiade with 17 points and April Robinson with 16. Olivia Bresnahan tied a season-high with a team-best seven rebounds. Additionally, the 8-1 conference record tied the best 9-game start since Duquesne joined the A-10 in 1983-84.

Richmond (10-12, 4-5 A-10) had three players score in double-figures - Genevieve Okoro (11), Janelle Hubbard and Lauren Tolson (each with 10). Okoro also had a game-high 13 rebounds.

With Richmond leading early in the 1st half, a layup by Bresnahan put the Dukes up for the first time at 5-4 at 17:40. Orsi Szecsi followed with a 3-pointer giving Duquesne an 8-5 lead heading into the under 16 media timeout. However, the Dukes would have seven straight empty possessions as Richmond would reclaim the lead at 12-8 at the under 12 media timeout.

A 3-pointer by Robinson followed by a put-back by Amadea Szamosi gave the Dukes a 17-16 lead at the 6:37 mark. After a pair of Richmond foul shots tied the contest at 22-22, the fourth time the half was deadlocked, the Dukes responded with a 9-2 run to take its largest lead of the half - 7 points at 31-24 - with 2:19 to go. The run was capped by Agunbiade's third and-1 of the half. Hubbard closed out the 1st half scoring with a layup, but it was the Dukes that took a 31-26 advantage into halftime.

The 2nd half started out very slow - with 7:06 remaining in the contest the teams combined for 8-of-35 shooting with Duquesne up 39-37. Robinson's NBA 3-pointer with 5:57 remaining put the Dukes up by seven points at 44-37. She followed with a fade-away jumper at 4:33 to stretch the lead to nine points. Duquesne would see its first 10-point lead on Robinson's fouls shots that made the score 50-39 with 1:53 left.

The Dukes defense had the Spiders to just 19 points on 7-of-30 shooting in the 2nd half.

Duquesne returns to the Palumbo Center on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. to host George Washington (15-7, 6-3 A-10) in the annual Play4 Kay/Duke Out Cancer game. After the matchup with the Colonials, the Dukes will face 2nd place Dayton (13-5, 6-1 A-10) on Saturday evening in the first-ever Black Out game. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m.

Saint Louis 53, La Salle 43
ST. LOUIS – Trailing by a double-digit margin early in the game, Saint Louis held La Salle to 25 points over the final 31:55 and defeated the Explorers 53-43 in Atlantic 10 Conference action Saturday at Chaifetz Arena.

The Billikens (8-13, 3-5) concluded the first half of the A-10 schedule with a three-game winning streak and snapped a three-game series losing skid against La Salle (10-11, 5-4). The Explorers have dropped four of five since beginning conference play 4-0.

Desirae Ball led the SLU attack with 13 points, followed by Sadie Stipanovich with 11 points and Jamesia Price with 10. Denisha Womack narrowly missed a third consecutive double-double, recording nine points and a career- and game-high 15 rebounds.

Price added seven rebounds and a game-high four assists, Erin Nelson tied a career high with seven rebounds, and Stipanovich grabbed six boards.

La Salle’s Alicia Cropper scored a game-high 22 points to go with six rebounds and a game-high three steals. Micahya Owens tallied 12 points, while Leeza Burdgess collected a team-high seven rebounds.

The Billikens shot a season-high 31 free throws and outscored the Explorers 20-9 at the foul line. SLU earned a 50-42 advantage on the boards.

Saint Louis trailed 18-7 after Cropper hit a 3-pointer at the 11:55 mark of the first half, part of her 15-point effort in the opening stanza. However, La Salle scored just four more points the rest of the half.

The Billikens began their climb back into the game with two Olivia Jakubicek free throws. Price hit two from the stripe and followed with a layup, and Nelson’s jumper with 8:01 left cut the La Salle lead to 18-15.

Cropper ended a La Salle scoring drought of more than six minutes with a jumper, but SLU tied it at 20 on a short Stipanovich jumper and a Ball 3-pointer. Cropper and Stipanovich traded buckets for a 22-22 halftime deadlock.

In the second half, La Salle briefly regained the upper hand at 25-24. Saint Louis went on top 29-25 on Price’s three-point play and Womack’s jumper, but La Salle used two free throws by Owens and Cropper’s fast-break layup to knot the score at 29.

That’s when the Billikens took command. Stipanovich scored six points in a 10-0 spurt that gave Saint Louis a 39-29 cushion with 12:36 remaining, and the Bills expanded the lead to 42-31 at the 11:47 mark.

The SLU advantage floated between eight and 11 points until a basket by Owens made it 48-41 with 2:45 left. It was 50-43 with 1:59 to play after Ball’s layup and Cropper’s two free throws.

That would conclude the La Salle scoring, however, as Saint Louis put the finishing touches on a defensive effort that resulted in the lowest point total by a Billiken A-10 opponent this season.

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