Final: St. Bonaventure 52, Fordham 45 With the win the Bonnies secure the No. 1 seed and at least a share of the regular season title.
3:33 left: Bona leads, 43-39. Bona took it's first lead since 13-11 on a three-pointer by CeCe Dixon. Van Tatenhove scored after that and Jenkins hit two free throws. But Bona had a defensive breakdown and then Bowker was called for an offensive foul. Fordham ball out of the break.
7:28 left: Fordham leads, 37-36. Bona twice had chances to take the lead, but missed or turned the ball over. It's Bonnies ball out of the time out. A bucket is key here.
10:43 left: Fordham leads, 35-32. There is life back in this Bona team. A steal and layup by Megan Van Tatenhove followed by a steal by CeCe Dixon and a three-pointer by Jenkins pulled Bona within one, 29-28, and gave the Bonnies, and their fans, a needed kick. We have ourselves a ball game here folks.
14:30 left: Fordham leads, 29-23. Bona has had some good looks and good shots but they're not falling.Jenkins can't get free and Bona has been one-and-done too many times. Walker grabbed an offensive rebound for Bona -- their first of the game with about 15 minutes left to play. That's not going to get it done when the team is shooting 31 percent (9 of 29).
Halftime: Fordham leads, 27-21. The Rams were hitting from outside in the final few mintues and teh Bonnies were flat as flat can be. Jessica Jenkins hit a jumper in the final seconds to cut the gap to six-points. Fordham has a great defense but Bona needs to fine tune its offense. And quickly. An offensive rebound would help tremendously.
3:15 left: Fordahm leads, 21-19. More missed shots and no offensive rebounds for Bona put them in a 21-16 hole. A three-pointer from Chelsea Bowker cut that lead and Bona's defense was good on the ensuing possession drawing a travel from Fordham. Bona ball out of the timeout.
7:34 left: Fordham leads, 14-13. The teams traded some three-point shots. Bona is having difficulty finishing its offense and has no secnd chance opportunities or points off turnovers. Not completely surprising. Despite its record, Fordham has the best defense in the league.
11:46 left: Tied, 7-7. Bona had some trouble getting its offense in synch in that segment and Fordham had some good possessions. Fordham is dominating the boards (10-5) and Bona has yet to nab an offenisve rebound. Out of the time out JIme Crowley will have a line change. And Walker returns to the game.
14:28 left: Bona leads 5-2 to thanks to a three-pointer by Jessica Jenkins which ended a streak of five missed shots for the Bonnies. All but one were quality looks. Neither team is shooting very well. Fordham is at 16.7 percent (1-6) and Bona is at 28.6 percent (2-7). Bona's Alaina Walker went down under the Bona basekt and grabbed her lower leg. She left the gmae but is still on the bench.
Olean -- The 19th ranked St. Bonaventure women's basketball team can clinch the No. 1 seed for the Atlantic 10 tournament at least a tie for the regular season title when it hosts Fordham in the Reilly Center. The Bonnies (25-2, 12-0 A-10) are on a 14-game win streak.
The game will feature a matchup of the two best defenses in the A-10. THe rams lead the conference in scoring defense, allowing 54 points per game whiel Bona is second at 54.1 points per game. You could assume a defensive battle, but my pre-game predicitions have been off all yaer, so I'll refrain from that one.
Fordham (11-16, 2-10 A-10) is tied with UMass for the 12th and final A-10 conference playoff spot. THey won't be ready to roll over just yet. Stephanie Gaitley is in her first year coaching Fordham. A-10 fans will recall Gaitley from her years coaching Saint Joe's.
-- Amy Moritz