Final: St. Bonaventure 68, Saint Joseph's 61 And the Bonnies find a way to win. Ortega finished with 20 points and the Bonnies improved to 19-2 overall, 6-0 in the A-10.
3:53 left: Bona leads, 58-54. The Bonnies had a nice run with a pair of buckets from CeCe Dixon combined with defensive stops. Bona got a defensive stop and a steal by Jessica Jenkins who pulled up for a quick three but missed it. The ball went out of bounds and will be Saint Joe's ball out of the time out.
7:54 left: Saint Joe's leads, 52-50. The Bonnies last five points have come from the free throw line. It hasn't been pretty on either end.
11:52 left: Tied, 45-45. The Hawks took a 45-38 lead but the Bonnies found a spark in Doris Ortega who already has her career high with 16 points. Good defense has turned into offensive opporuntities, including a key stop, break led by CeCe Dixon who spotted up Chelsea Bowker for a 3-pointer.
15:49 left: Saint Joe's leads, 37-36. It's been a flat start for the Bonnies.
Halftime: St. Bonaventure leads, 32-31. Admittedly, that was one of the poorer performances I've seen from the Bona women, particularly on the defensive end. The good news, even with the poor performance Bona is still leading.
Doris Ortego leads all scorers with 10 points for Bona while Megan Van Tatenhove has seven and Jessica Jenkins six. The Hawks have balanced scoring and shot 48.3 percent (14 of 29) fromthe floor. The Bonnies have an 18-15 advantange on the boards but need to defend better and do a better job working for shots. The offense has been an individual effort for the most part in the opening 20 minutes with ony three assists on 13 baskets.
3:52 left: Bona leads, 30-26, The Bonnies are doing a good job with the Hawks press but not converting enough. Also, the Bonnies could use some better defense, or at least more consistency on the defensive end. The last part of that segement was a lull. Energy is key for the Bonnies going into halftime.
7:11 left: Bona leads, 23-22. The Hawks came out of the last timeout on a 7-0 run to tkae a 20-14 lead. Ah, but then the Bonnies remembered to play defense and got back in the groove thanks to some aggressive play by Megan Van Tatenhove.
11:57 left: Bona leads, 14-13. Jessica Jenkins gathered a loose ball in traffic, backed up and hit a three-pointer. How she routinely makes those shots with no sense of balance is a mystery. The foul situation, however, could come into play. The Bonnies have been whistled for four already. Saint Joe's? None.
15:33 left: Saint Joe's leads, 9-5. The Hawks got out to a quick start. Bona had some good looks but missed shots.
OLEAN -- The charmed season continues at the Reilly Center tonight as the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team hosts Saint Joseph's. The Bonnies just missed cracking the Associated Press Top 25 this week with 42 points, the second best among those receiving votes. Bona is 5-0 in the Atlantic 10, the only undefeated team in the conference. The Bonnies are 6-0 in January.
Saint Joe's meanwhie is 13-5 overall and 3-1 in the A-10. They needed overtime to beat Fordham at home an barely hung on to defeat Xavier. With four seniors in the starting lineup the Hawks are due for a break out game and would love nothing more than to upset the Bonnies.
--- Amy Moritz