Saturday, February 4, 2012

Jenkins Stars, 22-2 Bonnies Down GW To Tie Program Record

St. Bonaventure University Athletic News
February 4, 2012
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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Senior Jessica Jenkins hit eight 3-pointers en route to a game-high 32 points as RV/RV St. Bonaventure (22-2, 9-0 Atlantic 10) defeated a shorthanded George Washington club, 80-69, to win its record-tying 11th straight game and remain alone at the top of the A-10 standings.

Bonaventure and Jenkins took advantage of a GW squad (10-12, 3-5 A-10) which dressed just six players due to injuries. With the makes, Jenkins became the nation's all-time active leader for career 3-pointers with 314. She also moved into a tie for 24th on the all-time NCAA Division I list as she hit eight 3's in game for the third time this season.

The 11 consecutive victories ties the program record with the 2009-10 team which commenced its campaign at 11-0. It also evens head coach Jim Crowley's career record at Bona's (176-176) for the first time in his 12-year tenure on the SBU sidelines.

The 80 points are a season high for Bonaventure as the Bonnies also shot a season-best 52.8 percent from the floor (28-53).

Junior Alaina Walker added 14 points – her first double-figure scoring outing since the conference opener – while redshirt senior Armelia Horton dished out a career-best eight assists – three more than any Bona player has issued this year. Walker's point total is the most in her career against an A-10 opponent.

After the lead changed hands 11 times in the opening half, the Bonnies closed the frame on a 10-0 run to take a 38-31 lead into the break. SBU then used an 8-0 stretch – started by a Jenkins' 3 and capped with a Walker layup – early in the second half to create a 13-point lead which would eventually blossom to as large as 17 at one point.

Senior Megan Van Tatenhove scored nine points and corralled a team-best eight rebounds, while sophomore Doris Ortega added six points. For Van Tatenhove – who is coming off an eight-point outing in SBU's last game – it marks the first time all season she's gone consecutive games without reaching double figures. Meanwhile, Ortega had her career-best streak of five straight games in double-figure scoring snapped.

George Washington was paced at the offensive end by Tiana Myers who scored 27 and in the process netted her 1,000th career point. That's the most points scored by an individual against the Bonnies this year, and the 69 Colonial points are the most SBU has given up this year.

Senior Jennie Ashton provided a spark off the Bonaventure bench as she tied a career high with six points and pulled down six boards in 18 minutes – her most game action since Dec. 30 against Norfolk State.

St. Bonaventure returns to action on the road Wednesday against Massachusetts. The game is the first of a doubleheader with the men's team as it will face the Minutemen following the women's 5 p.m. contest.

Game Notes: With a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line, Jenkins still has not missed a free throw in conference play (29-29) … the 11 3-pointers by St. Bonaventure are the second-most this year … SBU finished with 19 assists to just 12 turnovers … sophomore CeCe Dixon and junior Chelsea Bowker each scored five points off the bench … sophomore Ashley Zahn tallied three points, while freshman Tatiana Wilson played in her second A-10 game of the year. 

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