The first career double-double by Katie Healy (Lancaster) and a solid all-around game from Doris Ortega were not enough to help St. Bonaventure return to its winning ways as the Bonnies women dropped their fifth in a row, 64-51, to visiting Virginia Commonwealth in the Atlantic 10 at the Reilly Center.
Elsewhere, the University at Buffalo got trounced by hot-shooting Central Michigan, 86-51, at McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Healy finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Ortega flirted with a triple-double (12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists), but Bona (9-15, 2-7) couldn’t recover from the Rams’ decisive 21-6 run midway through the second half — sparked by Adaeze Alaeze’s three-pointer that gave VCU a 37-35 lead. That was the 13th and final lead change. Robyn Parks came off the bench and scored a game-high 21 points for the Rams (9-15, 2-7), who snapped a six-game losing streak.
The Bonnies, who led 24-21 at halftime, hurt themselves by failing to take care of the ball as their 22 turnovers turned into 26 points by VCU.
In Mid-American Conference play, UB was tied early, 8-8, but Central Michigan (14-9, 8-2), which shot 48.5 percent for the game, broke away with a 12-2 run and led by 38-25 at intermission. Central scored the first 11 points of the second half and cruised from there. Cherridy Thornton had 22 points to lead UB (7-16, 5-5).