It staged a furious comeback to kick off the second half, but the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team couldn’t finish it off, losing to Fordham, 62-50, in Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx.
The loss eliminated the Bonnies (9-19 overall, 2-11 A-10) from qualifying for the Atlantic 10 playoffs.
The Rams (21-7, 11-2) jumped out to a 41-27 halftime lead thanks to long-range shooting. Fordham connected on nine of its 13 three-point shots in the first half to open up the lead.
The Bonnies came out aggressive in the second half, though, starting on a 16-2 run to pull within two, 43-41, with 12:48 to play. A layup by Doris Ortega cut Fordham’s lead to one, 46-45, with 9:41 to play, but the Bonnies went cold after that.
Ortega finished with 13 points while CeCe Dixon added 12 and Alaina Walker 10. Katie Healy (Lancaster) pulled down 11 rebounds.
The Bonnies will conclude the regular season on Sunday against La Salle at 1 p.m. in the Reilly Center.
Erin Rooney led Fordham with 19 points.
It’s another key day in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s basketball standings. Niagara, which is looking to wrap up the top spot in the conference, hosts Rider at 7 in the Gallagher Center. Canisius, which is looking to keep pace with the top half of the MAAC, hosts Saint Peter’s at 7 in the Koessler Center.
The Purple Eagles can clinch at least a share of the regular season title with a win tonight. The Purple Eagles (17-11, 12-4 MAAC) have won three straight behind the scoring duo of Antoine Mason (18.9 ppg) and Juan’ya Green (16.8 ppg). Freshman T.J. Cline picked up his third MAAC Rookie of the Week honor.
The Golden Griffins (17-11, 10-6 MAAC) are coming off a loss to Vermont in the BracketBuster but are tied for third in the MAAC with Rider (16-13, 10-6 MAAC).
Three players are averaging double figures for the Griffs, led by Billy Baron (16.5). Harold Washington (13.4) and Isaac Sosa (12.1) help anchor an offense that is averaging nearly 73 points a game.
Saint Peter’s (9-18, 3-13) sits in last place in the MAAC.
Meanwhile the University at Buffalo women’s team travels to Bowling Green in a Mid-American Conference matchup. The Bulls have surged in conference play this year with a 7-6 MAC mark. Junior Cherridy Thornton is leading the Bulls, averaging 11.8 points off the bench while freshman Mackenzie Loesing is netting 10.7 points.
Daemen teams advance
Shooting better than 50 percent from the field, the Daemen women’s team earned a 98-36 win over the University of Maine-Fort Kent in the quarterfinal of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament in Uniontown, Pa.
Senior Ellie Allen (Sweet Home) scored 19 points with nine rebounds. Lindsay Stoddard (Allegany-Limestone) scored 14 points with five assists while Raeann Stilwell (St. Mary’s of Lancaster) added 12 points.
The Wildcats will face Rochester College (Mich.) in Friday’s semifinal with the championship game scheduled for Saturday.
On the men’s side, Daemen defeated Apprentice School (Va.), 81-67, in its quarterfinal to advance to tonight’s semifinal. The Wildcats (26-5) were led by Casey Sheehan’s 24 points, six assists and six rebounds.