Feb. 27, 2013
RESULTS FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Butler 59, Temple 50
Duquesne 54, La Salle 46
Fordham 62, St. Bonaventure 50
Xavier 65, George Washington 62
Saint Joseph’s 87, Massachusetts 50
Richmond 60, Rhode Island 50
Duquesne 54, La Salle 46
PHILADELPHIA - Seniors Vanessa Abel, Ahjah Hall, Jocelyn Floyd and Carly Vendemia became the all-time winningest class in Duquesne women's basketball history after defeating La Salle 54-46 at Tom Gola Arena on Wednesday night.
With the victory the Dukes improve to 21-6 overall and 10-3 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The 10 wins ties the most conference wins for DU since they joined the league in the 1983-84 season. La Salle falls to 8-20 overall and 4-9 in the A-10.
Abel led the Dukes with 12 points and Stasia King recorded her first-ever double-double with career highs of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Floyd recorded five steals. Hall had a career-best three blocks.
La Salle's Shanel Harrison scored 10 points and recorded a game-high with 15 rebounds. Jordan Mosley scored a game-high 13 points and Ebonee Jones added 11.
Butler 59, Temple 50 | BUTLER HIGHLIGHTS
INDIANAPOLIS - Sophomore Taylor Schippers had 19 points and eight rebounds and the Butler women's basketball team held off Temple 59-55 on Wednesday. The win clinched for BU a winning Atlantic 10 record.
The Bulldogs clinched the sixth seed in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship. They will open tourney play Friday, March 8 against the No. 11 seed at 7:30 p.m.
Neither team shot for a high percentage, but the Bulldogs made the winning plays down the stretch. With Temple leading 50-49 with 3:21 remaining, the Bulldogs went on an 8-0 run to take control of the game. Three points from Schippers and lay-ups from Daress McClung and Liz Stratman gave Butler a 57-50 lead with 45 seconds left. Temple extended the game with fouls, but ran out of time as Butler won its home finale.
McClung finished with 15 points, but the key scoring came from Mandy McDivitt and Lexus Murry. McDivitt and Murry combine to average 6.2 points per game. Against Temple, the two guards each scored eight points. McDivitt hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first half and Murry thrived driving to the basket. McDivitt also had four steals.
The Bulldogs overcame slow stretches on offense by making shots from long range. BU hit 8-for-21 on its 3-pointers, including three treys from Schippers.
Temple's Victoria Macaulay totaled 21 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. Seven of her boards were on offense, as TU pulled in 23 offensive rebounds on the night.
The game served as Senior Night for Becca Bornhorst and manager Evan Eichhorn. Bornhorst started, her 32nd career start, and played 11 minutes.
Fordham 62, St. Bonaventure 50 | FORDHAM HIGHLIGHTS
BRONX, N.Y. -- Fordham used a stellar first half to push past St. Bonaventure in the Rose Hill Gym on Wednesday night. The Rams' 62-50 win gave Fordham its 21st victory of the season and put the team in position to lock up a first round bye in the Atlantic 10 Tournament with a win at Temple on Sunday.
Fordham opened the contest on a tear, outscoring the Bonnies 12-4 by the 16 minute mark of the first half. Erin Rooney connected on two three-pointers and a floater for eight points, while Abigail Corning chipped in the other four.
For the first half, the Rams were outstanding from beyond the arc. Fordham converted nine of its 13 attempts from downtown, good enough for 69 percent. Rooney went 3-5, Strickland made 3-4, Corning made both of her attempts and Stoddart drained her lone try from deep.
Rooney led the way for the Rams in the opening half, tallying 13 points. Corning added 12 and Strickland chipped in nine in the first stanza.
After the break, the Rams had trouble finding the offensive success they had to start off the first half, as St. Bonaventure opened the period on a 14-2 run, narrowing the Fordham lead to two, 43-41, seven minutes into the half.
The Bonnies narrowed the lead back to four, but Strickland came up with a huge three for the Rams, pushing the lead to seven, 56-49, with three and a half minutes to go.
Rooney led all scorers with 19 points on the night, despite fouling out with just under five minutes to go.
Corning put up a monster double-double for the Rams, her third of the year. The junior tri-captain netted 15 points on 5-8 shooting and tied a career-high with 14 rebounds.
Strickland also finished in double figures for the Rams, tallying 16 points on 4-8 shooting from behind the arc.
St. Bonaventure was led by Doris Ortega who finished with 13 points while CeCe Dixon tossed in 12. Alaina Walker scored 10 points while Katie Healy scored eight and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Xavier 65, George Washington 62 | XAVIER HIGHLIGHTS/POSTGAME
CINCINNATI -- The Xavier women's basketball team won its fifth straight game Wednesday night with a 65-62 win over Atlantic 10 rival George Washington in the final home game of the season. With the victory, the Musketeers improved to 12-15 overall and 6-7 in the A-10 while the Colonials fell to 12-15 overall and 6-7 in the conference.
Freshman guard Jenna Crittendon led the Musketeers and all scorers with a career-high 19 points on 6-of-13 from the field. Junior Ashley Wanninger was second in scoring with 14 points on 4-of-8 from the field including 2-of-3 from behind the arc. Senior Amber Gray was the final Musketeer in double-figures with 10 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
Free throws proved crucial down the stretch as the Musketeers hit 76.5 percent of their attempts from the charity stripe.
GW came out hot in the second half but XU managed to rally late in the game.
George Washington tied the game at 34-all on a 3-pointer by Danni Jackson with 18:59 left in the game. Jackson's trey capped a 13-3 Colonials run that began with 3 minutes left in the first half.
The Colonials took a 38-37 lead on a layup by Chakecia Miller at the 17:14 mark. GW would allow XU to tie the game twice but didn't relinquish the lead until the 1:35 mark when Gray put XU on top 63-60 with an old-fashioned three-point play.
Hawkes put XU up 65-60 with a pair of free throws with 45 seconds left to cap a 12-2 run over the final three minutes of action to seal the win.
Saint Joseph’s 87, Massachusetts 50 | SAINT JOSEPH'S POSTGAME
PHILADELPHIA - Backed by its senior class, the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team downed Massachusetts, 87-50, Wednesday evening at Hagan Arena. The Hawks got a combined 42 points from seniors Chatilla van Grinsven, Mireia Vila, Ashley Prim and Shelby Smith as they earned improved to 20-7 overall and 11-2 in the Atlantic 10.
From the tip, Saint Joseph's was in full control, hitting 5-of-6 from the floor and a pair of free throws as it jumped out to a 13-0 lead.
Leading 36-21, the Hawks opened their lead to 47-23 as Smith scored six of her 11 points during her team's 11-2 run. Saint Joseph's would take a 50-25 lead into halftime as it finished the opening half shooting 63.3 percent from the field (19-of-30), while holding the Minutewomen to 30 percent (9-of-30).
Saint Joseph's would control the second half as it allowed Massachusetts to get no closer than the halftime deficit.
For the game, the Hawks shot a season-best 57.9 percent from the floor (33-of-57), 58.3 percent from three-point range (7-of-12) and 14-of-21 from the foul line. At the other end, the Minutewomen were held to 27 percent shooting (17-of-63), 16.7 percent from behind the arc (4-of-24) and 12-of-16 from the foul line. Saint Joseph's finished with 21 assists and a 42-32 edge in rebounding.
Individually, van Grinsven had a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds for her third straight double-double and 14th overall on the year. She added three blocked shots and three steals as well. Junior Ilze Gotfrida added 13 points, while Smith had a season-best 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including 3-of-4 from three-point range. Additionally all 11 SJU players finished with at least three points as the Hawks earned their 20th win of the season for the third consecutive year.
Vila had three points and a season-best eight assists, while Prim scored seven points and two assists. Junior Erin Shields added eight points, while freshman Ciara Andrews had a season-best eight points and two rebounds.
Redshirt sophomore Natasha Cloud handed out a career-best nine assists to go with three points, while Ashley Robinson added four points and two rebounds. Freshman Sarah Fairbanks grabbed six rebounds and had four points and two blocked shots, while Redshirt junior Kelsey Berger rounded out the scoring for SJU with five points.
At the other end, Jasmine Harris scored a team-best 11 points to lead Massachusetts which falls to 3-25 overall and 1-12 in the A-10.
Richmond 60, Rhode Island 50
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Richmond defeated Rhode Island, 60-50, for its fourth-straight win Wednesday night at the Ryan Center.
The Spiders (16-13, 6-7) won its 13th-straight over Rhode Island and improved to 14-2 all-time against the Rams. Rhode Island (6-21, 1-12) lost its third-straight and 15th of its last 17 games.
Richmond jumped out to a 21-6 lead early, but Rhode Island used a 12-5 run to close the half to make the score 26-18 Spider advantage at the break.
The Spiders started the second half firing on all cylinders, going on a 14-5 run to boost its lead to 40-23 at the under-16 media.
Rhode Island would make things interesting down the stretch, closing the game on a 24-9 run to cut the score to the would-be final of 60-50.
In the first frame, Richmond shot 10-for-28 (35.7%) from the field and had six steals. Rachael Bilney had eight points to lead Richmond.
Kristina King led Richmond 14 points, with Bilney following with 13 points. Becca Wann chipped in with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Sam Bilney dished a team-high six assists and had five steals.
URI freshman Samantha Tabakman scored 11 points. She also had five rebounds and two steals. Fellow freshman Brianna Thomas led the Rams with 12 points, all of which came in the second half.