By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93
This Day in Bonaventure History
March 25, 2012
March 2012 was one of the best times in St. Bonaventure University’s history. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams made deep postseason runs; something that was previously not done by both teams at the same time.
But it all came to an end on this day.
The fifth-seeded Bonnies traveled to Raleigh, N.C. to take on the top-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a Sweet 16 matchup on ESPN2.
The Irish handily beat the Bonnies 79-35.
“Obviously we would have liked to be more competitive in this game,” coach Jim Crowley said. “Forty minutes isn’t going to define our season.”
Natalie Novosel led the Irish (33-3) with 16 points in a game that was one-sided from the opening tip onward. After a 16-2 lead by the Irish, they never looked back.
CeCe Dixon led Bonaventure with 13 points.
“We had a goal, one goal,” senior Megan Van Tatenhove said of making the NCAA tournament this season. “After we accomplished that, we wanted to make some noise in the tournament. We made St. Bonaventure a national name.”
Notre Dame moved on to the regional final against No. 2 Maryland, which beat the defending national champion Texas A&M. The Bonnies finished 31-4, by far the best season in the program’s history.