Saturday, February 18, 2012

#22/25 Bonnies Dominate Xavier, Remain Perfect In The A-10

St. Bonaventure University Athletic News
February 18, 2012
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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Senior Megan Van Tatenhove set an early tone for No. 22/25 St. Bonaventure (25-2, 12-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) as she scored SBU's first 15 points and the Bonnies cruised to a 66-48 win over Xavier (7-18, 4-8 A-10) on Senior Day at the Reilly Center.

Van Tatenhove finished with season-high 24 points in front of a Homecoming Weekend crowd as the Bonnies remained perfect in conference play and moved within one win of clinching the No. 1 seed at the A-10 Championship.

The victory snapped a nine-game losing streak to Xavier as Bona picked up its first win over the Musketeers since Jan. 25, 2002. It also extended Bona's winning streak to 14 straight, and continued what is now a 16-game regular-season conference winning streak dating back to last year.

Bonaventure raced out to a 24-7 lead just eight minutes into game. The lead stretched to 23 following a 7-0 run early in the second half and the final 18-point margin was one shy of tying the program's largest win over the Musketeers.

St. Bona – the nation's best ball-protecting the team – put that on display against Xavier as the Bonnies committed a season-low four turnovers.

Xavier was paced offensively by 10 points each from Tyeasha Moss and Sabrina Johnson. Lakeisha Crouch pulled down a game-best 14 rebounds.

While Van Tatenhove was the lone Bona player to reach double-figure scoring, it got at least one rebound from nine different players, led by nine from junior Alaina Walker as part of a 43-37 rebounding edge by the Bonnies.

With the victory over Xavier, the senior class of Van Tatenhove, Armelia Horton, Jessica Jenkins and Jennie Ashton has now defeated every A-10 school at least once.

Junior Chelsea Bowker came off the bench to knock down three 3-pointers, while Jenkins – face-guarded the entire game – scored seven points but dished out a season-high-tying four assists.

St. Bonaventure returns to action at the Reilly Center on Wednesday when it hosts Fordham in its final home contest. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Bob Lanier Court.

GAME NOTES: Senior managers Matt Moretti and Jennifer Nabrizny were also honored before the game ... Ashton made her first career start … Van Tatenhove has scored in double figures 71 times in her career … the Bonnies are now 10-0 in games played on Saturday … Walker and Horton each scored six points, while Ashton tallied five … junior Jordan McGee tallied two points for her first points since Jan. 18 versus Richmond … freshman Tatiana Wilson played in her first game since Feb. 4 … Bowker's three 3's are tied for a season high against A-10 teams.

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