HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team fell to St. Bonaventure, 77-67, Wednesday night at the TD Bank Sports Center. Redshirt junior Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.) scored a team-high 18 points for the Bobcats, who drop to 1-3 this season with the loss. The Bonnies remain undefeated in 2009-10 as the win improves their record to 7-0.
"We gave them a lot of points at the free-throw line," Head Coach Tricia Fabbri said. "We put them there [on the free throw line] too frequently. We didn't give ourselves a chance to play defense."
The game started with Quinnipiac jumping out to an early 5-2 lead two minutes in on a three-point field goal by Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.). That would be the last lead of the game for the Bobcats as St. Bonaventure's Jessica Jenkins and Megan Van Tatenhove combined for 23 first-half points. Jenkins connected on 4-of-6 from behind the arc, while Van Tatenhove was 4-of-6 from the floor. Quinnipiac spread out its scoring with Kaminski leading her team at the half with nine points. The Bobcats cut the lead to one with 1:30 left in the first before Cara Gustafson connected on a three followed by a Barron free throw gave the Bonnies a three-point lead heading into the half, 37-34.
"We kept the game close early, trailing by three at halftime. We continue to get better every game, but defensively we gave them too many looks," Fabbri said. "A good team takes advantage of that. We clawed our way back into the game, but had too many defensive lapses towards the end."
An 11-0 run to start the second half gave St. Bonaventure a 14-point lead and the separation it needed to win the game. Quinnipiac fought back, pulling to within seven twice in the final minutes, but free-throw shooting sealed the 10-point win for the Bonnies, 77-67.
Van Tatenhove finished with a game-high 27 points, eclipsing her previous career high by eight. She connected on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor and added nine points from the line. Jenkins also set a career high as she scored 25 in the game with 21 coming from three-point range.
Kaminski's 18 points were aided by 7-for-7 shooting from the free-throw line in the game, while also pulling down five rebounds. Sophomore Jacinda Dunbar (Edison, N.J.) scored just three points, but pulled down a game-high seven boards. Barron and Ryann Simmons (Norwalk, Conn.) both finished with double-digit scoring figures. Barron finished with 13 and matched her season best with six assists, while Simmons scored a career-best 11 points.
For the first time this season, the Bobcats were outrebounded by an opponent. St. Bonaventure pulled down 33, while Quinnipiac grabbed 31 boards in the loss. The Bonnies shot 50 percent (21-42) from the floor to the Bobcats' 38.6 percent (22-57). Quinnipiac's bench outscored St. Bonaventure's in the game, 24-14, while also scoring 21 points off turnovers to the Bonnies' 15.
Quinnipiac returns to action this weekend at the Brown Bear Classic in Providence, R.I. The Bobcats will take on Morgan State at 3 p.m., from Brown's Pizzitola Sports Center Saturday, Dec. 5. Brown and UMass will play in the first matchup of the day at 1 p.m.