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Live from Olean: St. Bonaventure vs. Niagara

Final: Bona 63, Niagara 49

Second half:

15:32 left: Bona leads, 41-31. The Bonnies are clearly missing Megan Van Tatenhove as Niagara holds a 20-16 advantage on the boards and Bona has zero offensive rebounds. But the Bonnies are shooing well (15 of 28 for 53.6 percent) to extend their lead to double digits for the first time this game.

10:28 left: Bona leads, 45-33.Bona's defense has picked up the pace and Niagara is just 2 for 11 from the field in the half. The Bonnies have had no turnovers this half. Better defense and valuing possessions. It's not rocket science, but it works.

7:55 left: Bona leads, 50-35. Jordan McGee has five points in the last segment to help extend the lead.

3:38 left: Bona leads, 58-40. Jessica Jenkins leads with 16 points, but didn't necessarily call bank on her last 3-point shot. Armelia Horton has a career-high 14 points. And the Bonnies have their first offesnive rebound of the game.

Halftime:

Bona leads, 37-28, thanks to a 3-pointer in the closing seconds by Chelsea Bowker. Niagara moved well on offense and hit shots but on the other side of the coin, the Bonnies played some of their worst defense in recent memory.

First half:

15:42 left: Bona leads, 7-2. Jessica Jenkins hit a three-pointer to open the scoring for the Bonnies. Niagara, meanwhile, missed its first six shots.

11:10 left: Bona leads, 13-11. Niagara hit some shots and got two blocks on Bona to get back into the game. A 3-pointer from Chanel Johnson tied the game, 11-11, but Alaina Walker hit a jumper and Bona forced a turnover just before the media timeout.

7:36 left: Bona leads, 22-17. The Bonnies took a 20-11 lead on 3-pointer from Jenkins, but back-to-back threes from Niagara (Meghan McGuinness and Val McQuade) helped Niagara cut back int othe lead. Niagara has hit 3 of 7 from three-point range.

2:55 left: Bona leads, 31-26. Bona forced a shotclock violation on Niagara's last possession but this has been a poor showing by the Bona defense. Niagara, meanwhile, is hitting shots -- 10 of 23 from the floor and 4 of 8 from 3-point range.

Pregame:

It was a press release that put some perspective on tonight's game. This afternoon, the Bona athletic department announced that in conjunction with Univeristy Ministries they would be setting up an assitance program to help freshman guard Tatiana Wilson and her family after a fire destroyed their house in Far Rockaway Queens early Tuesday morning.

According to the release:

"Wilson's mother and five younger siblings jumped from their second-story home into the arms of New York City Sanitation Department workers, who saw the flames from a distance and called 911.

"Temeka, Wilson's mother, broke her back while trying to escape, sister Amari, 12 suffered a broken leg and sister Shaina, 17, suffered third-degree burns. The family lost everything in the fire."

A list of items needed by the family is available at www.gobonnies.com. Items will be collected at Sunday's doubleheader and at the men's game Tuesday in Rochester. Donations, both monetary and other items, can be mailed to the university.

OLEAN -- The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team will look to continue it's Big 4 dominance hosting Niagara in the Reilly Center. The Bonnies (8-1) have won 14 straight games against Big 4 opponents. In those 14 wins, the Bonnies have won by an average of 18.6 points and only three of those wins were by single digits.

Bona forward Megan Van Tatenhove is doubtful today with a head injury after she knocked her head on the floor against the Univrsity at Buffalo on Saturday. Chelsea Bowker is listed in her place among the probable starters.

Niagara enters the game 3-7 , though the Purple Eagles ahve two wins in their last four games -- a 61-60 decision at Colgate and a 64-53 agianst Binghamton in the Gallagher Center.

--- Amy Moritz

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

@TBNDicesare | bdicesare@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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