St. Bonaventure and Duquesne Close Out Seasons in WNIT
Bowling Green 76, St. Bonaventure 65
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio ,-- A furious second half comeback came up a few minutes short as St. Bonaventure lost to a veteran Bowling Green team 76-65 in the second round of the WNIT on Monday night at the Stroh Center.
St. Bonaventure struggled throughout the first half and found itself trailing 36-15 at halftime. The Bonnies looked like a different team in the second half and gradually climbed back into the game. Katie Healy's jumper with 4:00 left capped a 14-5 run that pulled the Bonnies within 65-57, but that was as close as the visitors came as the Falcons made free throws down the stretch to hang on and advance. The Bonnies outscored BG 50-40 in the second half.
St. Bonaventure's season ends at 24-11, the second most wins in school history.
Sophomore forward Katie Healy led the Bonnies with 22 points and classmate Hannah Little had 17 points and 18 rebounds.
Bowling Green, which is now 15-0 on its home court, advanced to the WNIT's third round and will host Michigan on Thursday.
Michigan 68, Duquesne 52
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Duquesne women's basketball team's season ended on Monday night after a 68-52 loss to Michigan in the 2nd Round of the WNIT.
Orsi Szecsi and Wumi Agunbiade played their final game as a Duquesne Duke by scoring 16 and 13 points respectively. April Robinson added 13 for the Dukes who finish 2013-14 with a record of 20-13. Agunbiade recorded a career-high six assists.
U-M's Cyesha Force, a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection, recorded a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds - both game-highs. Shannon Smith and Siera Thompson added 12 points each for the Wolverines who improve to 20-13. Smith also had a game-high seven assists.
The Dukes started out struggling from the floor, making only two of their first 11 shots as the Wolverines opened up a 10-point at 15-5 lead at the 12:33 mark of the 1st half. After a Jose-Ann Johnson "and-1", the Dukes cut the deficit in half, making the score 19-14 with 6:55 to play in the half.
U-M would hold Duquesne to just one basket over the next 3:05 as Smith's layup at 3:34 as the Wolverines reclaimed a double-figure lead at 27-16. A layup by Madison Ristovski closed out the 1st half scoring and doubled up Duquesne at 36-18.
Val Driscoll made the first field goal of the 2nd half to give U-M its first 20-point lead at 38-18. The Wolverines' lead was 25 at 47-22 after back-to-back fast break baskets from Gorcee and Driscoll, which forced a Duquesne timeout at 13:39.
The Michigan lead would get as high as 32 points when a Page Rakers 3-pointer made the score 56-24 with 10:39 remaining in the game. Duquesne came back with a 17-4 run over the next 4:57 that included 3-pointers by Szecsi, Agunbiade and Robinson which made the score 60-41 with 5:22 left. Robinson scored the final points of the season with a 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining that made the score 68-52
After shooting 28.6 percent (8-28) in the 1st half, the Dukes improved in the 2nd half, making 51.0 percent (14-27) from the floor. Michigan, who is the top rebounding team in the Big Ten Conference, bested the Dukes on the glass 36-22. U-M also dominated in the paint, outscoring the Dukes 34-16.
The seniors - Agunbiade, Szecsi, Raegan Moore and Oditte Odisho - finish their career tied as the winningest class in program history with 88 victories.