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Women’s Basketball Loses 49-34 to St. Bonaventure
Holmes nets team-high 12 points, O'Reilly adds 10 points
December 3, 2011Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.—Jessica Jenkins finished with a game-high 19 points, leading St. Bonaventure (6-1) to a 49-34 win over Binghamton (4-3) on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The Bonnies are now 6-0 against the Bearcats since the series between the programs started in 2007.
With a stingy defense, St. Bonaventure took a 17-9 lead at the half. Binghamton, in fact, did not score during the finals The nine points scored by the Bearcats represents its lowest in a single half during its 10-year Division I era. The old record of 10 points was recorded against North Texas on Nov. 19, 2004.
“I was frustrated with how we came out in the first half,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “St. Bonaventure is a very disciplined team on defense and we did not shoot the ball well today.”
Jenkins took over the game in the second half, hitting four of her game-high five three pointers. She nailed back-to-back points from beyond the arc, giving St. Bonaventure a 30-16 lead with exactly 15 minutes left in regulation. Binghamton got to within 30-20 on a steal and layup by senior guard Orla O’Reilly at the 14:20 mark but Jenkins answered with a jumper 33 seconds later.
With 2:43 left in regulation, senior guard Andrea Holmes made two out of three free throws, trimming the deficit to 43-34. Once again, however, Jenkins struck from beyond the arc on the following possession, sealing the game with 2:16 left to go.
Holmes finished with a team-high 12 points. In the process, she tied Laine Kurpniece (2004-08) for eighth place all time with 1,188 career points. O’Reilly added 10 points.
Megan Van Tatenhove chipped in 10 points for the Bonnies.
Binghamton heads to Army on Saturday for a 7 p.m. game.
NOTES: O’Reilly was named the America East Player of the Game, sponsored by Security Mutual.