No. 25 St. Bonaventure downs UMass
Bonnies set multiple program marks with 23rd victory of season
AMHERST, Mass. -- No. 25 St. Bonaventure (23-2, 10-0 Atlantic 10) set regular-season program records for consecutive victories, A-10 wins and road triumphs with a 69-54 win against host Massachusetts (6-18, 1-8 A-10) on Wednesday evening at the Mullins Center.
The Bonnies also tied the program record for most victories in a season as Megan Van Tatenhove and Armelia Horton led the club with 17 points each.
The win is Bonaventure's 12th consecutive, breaking the record set by the 2009-10 squad. SBU's fourth win in row against UMass added to its nation-best 11-0 road mark as it remained one of only three unbeaten teams on the road in the country.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 6 Miami (Fla.) 61, No. 22 North Carolina 37|
|No. 14 Georgetown 56, Seton Hall 51|
|No. 15 Texas A&M 67, Kansas State 36|
|No. 25 St. Bonaventure 69, UMass 54|
Despite battling a triangle-and-two defense much of the game on leading scorer Jessica Jenkins and Van Tatenhove, in addition to a box-and-one on Jenkins, the senior duo still combined to score 30 points.
Van Tatenhove collected her seventh career double-double as she corralled a game-high 10 boards. Horton's 17 points are a season high as she finished just one rebound shy of her third career double-double.
The Brown and White raced out to a 7-0 lead, started by a Jenkins' 3-pointer and capped by a Doris Ortega fadeaway jumper. The advantage blossomed to as large as 16 at 30-14 following a pair of Van Tatenhove free throws with 3:48 left in the half, but the Minutewomen closed the frame on an 8-0 run to trail by just eight at the break.
After Jenkins hit a 3-pointer to open the scoring in the second half, UMass stormed back by netting 13 of the game's next 18 points to pull within three at 38-35. However, the Minutewomen could get no closer the rest of the night as Bona's lead stretched to as large as 19 at one point in the second half.
The Bonnies were able to stave off the UMass comeback attempt due largely to their free-throw shooting as they shot 90 percent (17-19) from the stripe. Jenkins went 5-5 from the line as she is now a perfect 34-34 in A-10 games.
Jenkins hit two 3-pointers to move into a tie for 21st on the all-time NCAA Division I list with 316 in her career. Chelsea Bowker added 11 points for the Bonnies, including eight in the first half, as she reached double-figure scoring for just the second time in conference play.
For the fifth time this year, Bonaventure didn't allow its opponent to lead at all during the game. Three of those occasions have come in conference play (Temple, Saint Louis).
Shakia Robinson was the lone UMass player to reach double-figure scoring as she finished with 19 points and a team-best seven rebounds.