Women’s basketball: Strong defense leads to Bona win

By Joseph Phelan, @JPhelan13

La Salle scored 38 points against St. Bonaventure in the Explorers January loss. They shot 20 percent from the field that night.

In Friday’s quarterfinal matchup, the Bonnies allowed 42 points as La Salle shot 22.2 percent from the field.

“It is who we are,” said St. Bonaventure head coach Jim Crowley. “It ain’t pretty, but we play some defense. We play really hard.”

The Bonnies defeated La Salle by 12 to advance to semifinal Saturday in Richmond, Virginia.

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Women’s basketball roundup

By Joseph Phelan, @JPhelan13

St. Bonaventure women opened up 2014 with a loss to Duquesne. The Bonnies fell behind early, and despite a strong second half surge could not make the comeback. Tomorrow afternoon, the Bonnies take on the Richmond Spiders at 4:30. I’ve been away from this team for over a month now. The Duquesne game had been broadcasted on CBS Sports Network, and they had two home games streamed on GoBonnies.com, so I’ve had the chance to watch this team grow despite my absence from Bonaventure over break.

With 11 wins, the Bonnies have eclipsed their win total from last year. Five players average at least 9.5 points a game, led by Katie Healy who has risen her game this year. ESPNw recognized Healy’s game last month when it included her as a player who has stepped up from last season. Healy leads the team in points and blocks. As Healy continues to improve, Atlantic 10 coaches will be sure to tightly defend her. That’s where Healy’s teammates come into play.

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