St. Bonaventure Bonnies (7-17, 2-9 Atlantic 10) lost to the George Washington Colonials (11-11, 6-4 Atlantic 10) 63-56. The Bonnies struggled to shoot from the floor as they would shoot 35.4% from the field and 23.5% from the three-point line.
In the first quarter, the Bonnies battled the Colonials back and forth as neither team could not take the momentum.
Down 14-13 at the end of the first quarter, the Bonnies hung in and looked to take momentum in the game.
After a made jump-shot from junior guard, Mckenna Maycock with 8:20 left in the second quarter, both teams would be at a standstill for the next 2:15.
By the end of the half, the Bonnies would be down 26-23, while shooting 33.3% from the field and 14.3% from the three-point line.
Head Coach of the Bonnies, Jesse Fleming, said they missed a couple of open shots on put-back layups and even though they are trying to drive and kick it out most of the time, they just didn’t score the ball.
“I thought we took pretty good shots for the most part,” said Fleming. “Unfortunately, with the last couple of games here, we haven’t shot the ball well and I am okay shooting 17 three’s, but George Washington rotates well and our shots didn’t fall.”
The third quarter would start by the Colonials making their first two shots to give them a 31-23 lead with 9:17 left.
Maycock would try to give the Bonnies some life late in the third quarter by making a three cutting the lead to three with 2:28 left. With a buzzer-beating shot by freshman forward Emily Calabrese, the Bonnies would cut the lead to three once again.
To start the fourth quarter, the Bonnies would be down 41-38 looking to take the lead. Both teams would trade buckets in the beginning with the advantage going to the Colonials.
With 4:22 left in the game, the Colonials would go on a 7-2 run that would stretch their lead 55-49 with 3:04 left. The Bonnies wouldn’t be able to make a comeback as the Colonials would be able to hold onto their lead for the win.
“There were a couple times, in their zone, we didn’t get into our offense,” said Fleming. “It was disappointing that we weren’t able to get to our spots and some of our players are playing different positions.”
Despite outrebounding the Colonials 42-26, George Washington would score 17 points off 16 turnovers. Senior guard, Brianna Cummings would score 21 points off 50% shooting and 5-7 from the free throw line for the Colonials.
This loss makes it five straight for the Bonnies and have now lost nine conference games. They will have a week off as they travel to the Siegel Center to take on VCU on Sunday, Feb 4th.
“Some people have lost some confidence that we need to give confidence too,” said Fleming. “I think we are guarding better, but it’s going to need to get better down the stretch.”