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St. Bonaventure Tops Kent State on Friday

Release: 12/20/2013
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ST. BONAVENTURE 61, KENT STATE 44
After a tied score at halftime (19-19), St. Bonaventure scored 42 second half points to defeat Kent State, 61-44 on Friday night at the MAC Center in Kent, Ohio. Chelsea Bowker's 17 points was a team-high, also tying a game-high, and Gabby Richmond finished with another near double-double (13 points, nine rebounds) en route to the Bonnies victory.

After poor shooting in the first half doomed the Bonnies, the Brown and White came out firing in the second half and put up 42 points to run away with the victory over Kent State. In the first half, St. Bonaventure shot 29.4% (5-17) while Kent State wasn't much better at 34.6% (9-26). The Golden Flashes were led by their leading scorer, Montia Johnson, as she was nearly unstoppable in the paint in the first half scoring 14 points (7-9) and frustrating the Bonnies. Chelsea Bowker led the way for SBU from the get-go; registering eight first half points including two three point field goals. Both teams would go into the break tied at 19 apiece.

In the second half, St. Bonaventure used some halftime adjustments to grab control of the lead early and never looked back. The Bonnies 42 points in the second half were powered by Nyla Rueter's 10 points, who was held scoreless in the first half, in addition to Gabby Richmond's six points, five rebounds to finish the night with another near double-double on the season (13 points and nine rebounds). Chelsea Bowker was a steady constant for the Brown and White all night. She led the team in points from wire-to-wire and was once again clutch from behind the arc, hitting a total of five triples, three of which occurred in the second half, as she would finish with 17 points. The Bonnies were able to hold the biggest scoring threat on the Flashes, Montia Johnson, to just three second half points, something they struggled mightily with in the first half.

After being outscored 14-4 in the paint in the first half, SBU outscored the Flashes 16-10 in the paint in the second half. The Brown and White shot an impressive 70% from the field in the second half, a season-best. In the first nine minutes after the break, the Bonnies held an eight-point lead four different times, and by the midway point of the second half, they increased their lead to 11 points. The closest the Flashes would come for the remainder of the game was nine points, twice, the last time coming at the 7:46 mark. From that point on, St. Bona used a 21-9 run to close out the game with the 17-point victory.

LONG BEACH STATE 73, RICHMOND 61
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– The Richmond women’s basketball team fell to the Long Beach 49ers, 73-61, in the opening game of the 2013 Long Beach Classic Friday night at Walter Pyramid.

The two teams battled it out in the first 20 minutes. Despite only shooting 27 percent from the floor, Richmond (5-6) kept Long Beach State (7-4) on their toes as it only went into the intermission down five, 30-25. Senior Kristina King paced the Spiders with 11 points in the first half.

Eight minutes into the second half, the Spiders came within six (46-40) at the 12:40 mark with an old fashion three-point play by redshirt junior Genevieve Okoro. But the 49ers went on a 12-5 run that was sparked by back-to-back three-pointers to that eventually secured the win.

Long Beach State shot 45.2 percent from the floor with the help of five 49ers in double figures, while the Spiders went 30.3 from the field.  King led the team with 17 points and two steals, while Okoro followed with 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

The Spiders will return to Walter Pyramid tomorrow to take on either No. 23 Florida State or Pacific in the consolation game of the Long Beach Classic. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. PST/5 p.m. EST.  

FIU 84, LA SALLE 58
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - FIU used a 19-3 run spanning nearly six minutes in the first half to take control as the La Salle women's basketball dropped an 84-58 decision to the Panthers in the opening game of the Gator Holiday Classic at the University of Florida's O'Connell Center.

Alicia Cropper and Micahya Owens led the Explorers (3-6) with 13 points each. Khristin Lee returned after missing two games due to injury, chipping in nine points. Lisa Mintzer made her collegiate debut tonight after missing the first eight games due to a preseason injury. Mintzer scored five points in her debut, along with two rebounds and no turnovers in 23 minutes.

Four Panthers (4-5) reached double figures. The nation's fifth-leading scorer, Jerica Coley, hit a game-high 33 points on 10-for-27 shooting and 12-for-13 shooting at the free throw line. Tynia McKinzie and Taylor Shade scored 15 apiece and Kamika Odom added a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. All 11 of Odom's points came at the free throw line.

The Explorers jumped out to a 7-2 lead at the first media timeout before the Panthers opened up the 19-3 run out of the timeout. The squad got within eight at 23-15 at 8:31 of the second half, the closest they would come the rest of the way.

The Panthers scored 28 of their points at the charity stripe. FIU also dominated the boards, outrebounding the Blue & Gold 47-35.

La Salle shot 39.6 percent (21-53) from the field, while the Panthers went 40.6 percent (26-64).

La Salle returns to action on Saturday for the final game of the Gator Holiday Classic. The Explorers face Tennessee State at 4:30 p.m. in the consolation game. TSU dropped an 86-56 decision to host Florida in its opener.

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