For a moment, the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team was leading the top-ranked squad in the country. But only for a moment.
No. 1 Connecticut gave up the game’s first basket, and then scored 31 straight points during the next 10 minutes. The Huskies didn’t look back after that, winning an 88-39 decision in the Hall of Fame Classic at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.
UConn, the defending national champion, moved to 8-0 on the season, while the Bonnies fell to 6-2.
As could be expected, the Huskies dominated the statistics. UConn shot 58 percent from the field to Bona’s 28 percent. The Huskies had a 44-29 edge in rebounds, and blocked 10 shots to the Bonnies’ two.
The loss ended Bona’s six-game winning streak. None of St. Bonaventure’s players cracked double figures in scoring. Gabby Richmond led Bona with nine points, while Katie Healy (Lancaster) had seven points and 11 rebounds.
Kiah Stokes came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points for UConn. Stefanie Dolson added 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Bona men, Canisius hit road
St. Bonaventure and Canisius will be traveling during Thanksgiving Week, with both in action tonight.
St. Bonaventure and Southern Illinois have met on the basketball court twice before: once in Buffalo in 1962, and once in Honolulu in 1994. Tonight the teams will play again in another location: Estero, Fla., which is near Fort Myers.
The Bonnies and Salukis will meet in the Gulf Coast Showcase (8:30 p.m., Radio 1450 AM). It’s an eight-team event that guarantees each team three games.
St. Bonaventure comes into the game with a 3-1 record. After three straight wins, the Bonnies dropped a two-point decision to Siena on Tuesday night.
Southern Illinois has struggled, opening with a 1-3 ledger. The Salukis lost their first three games before beating Missouri S&T on Thursday.
Depending on tonight’s result, Bona will play at either 6 or 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday against an opponent to be determined.
Meanwhile, Canisius continues its participation in the preseason NIT with a game against Georgia State in Elon, N.C. (5 p.m., Radio 1400 AM)
The Golden Griffins evened their record at 2-2 with a win over Elon last week in Piscataway, N.J. Canisius will finish the tournament Tuesday with a game against Metro State.