Sunday, December 21, 2014

Saint Joseph's Falls to St. Bonaventure In Atlantic 10 Semifinals

PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's senior guard Michelle Baker (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) posted her third-straight game with 20 points, but it wasn't as the Hawks couldn't pull the upset over top seed seed #19/22 St. Bonaventure, 78-52, in the semifinals of the 2012 Buick Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship Sunday afternoon at Hagan Arena. Baker posted a season-high 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor and 4-5 shooting from the foul line while adding a team-high three assists.

Saint Joseph's Falls to St. Bonaventure In Atlantic 10 Semifinals

0 comments

PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph’s senior guard Michelle Baker (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) posted her third-straight game with 20 points, but it wasn’t as the Hawks couldn’t pull the upset over top seed seed #19/22 St. Bonaventure, 78-52, in the semifinals of the 2012 Buick Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Championship Sunday afternoon at Hagan Arena. Baker posted a season-high 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor and 4-5 shooting from the foul line while adding a team-high three assists.

 

Down 33-20 at the start of the second half, Saint Joseph’s (20-10) would go on a 6-0 run fueled by Baker and junior guard Ashley Prim (Ansonia, Conn./Kolbe Cathedral) to tighten the deficit to seven at 18:24.

 

St. Bonaventure (29-2) answered back with six uncontested points to widen the Bonnie lead back to 14, but Baker nailed a jumper and collected a foul, sending her to the line. Her shot hit off the rim as senior guard Katie Kuester (Media, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame de Namur) aggressively pulled down the offensive board and put it through to put the Hawks back within 10 at 40-30.

 

Saint Joseph’s continued to chip away at the St. Bonaventure lead as Prim knocked down a three with 11:27 remaining in the game and Baker knocked down a jumper to bring the Hawks to within eight, but the Bonnies would explode for a 20-5 run en route to the 78-52 victory.

 

Prim chipped in eight points and added two assists for Saint Joseph’s while sophomore forward Ashley Robinson pulled down a game-high nine defensive rebounds in the loss.

 

Down 12-8 in the early going, Baker would score the Hawks’ next six points and sophomore forward Ilze Gotfrida (Kandava, Latvia/Rigas Secondary School No. 49) sank a jumper to cut the deficit to three at 19-16 at 9:13.

 

St. Bonaventure responded with a 14-2 run on a combined effort from Jessica Jenkins and Megan Van Tatenhove to extend the Bonnie lead to 28-18 with 3:18 remaining.  Jenkins and Van Tatenhove would score a combined 29 of the Bonnies’ 33 first-half points.

 

Saint Joseph’s was kept scoreless for just over six minutes before Prim added the final bucket of the half to bring the Hawks within 13 at 33-20 at the half.

 

Saint Joseph’s shot 40.0 percent from the floor (20-of-50) but was kept to just 14.3 percent shooting from behind the arc (2-of-14). Making her 125th consecutive appearance in today’s game, Baker passed Kim Foley (1985-89) and Timisha Gomez (2004-08) to rank first on the Hawks’ all-time list for career appearances.

 

On the other end of the floor, St. Bonaventure shot 26-of-53 (49.1 percent) and 5-of-12 from three-point range (41.7 percent) while shooting 21-of-26 from the foul line (80.8 percent). The Bonnies held the advantage in rebounding over the Hawks, 35-26. Van Tatenhove and Jenkins combined for 62.8 percent of St. Bonaventure’s total points (49-of-78) with Van Tatenhove leading all scorers with 27 points and Jenkins adding 22.

 

The Hawks await next week's selection show to determine their postseason fate.

0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Athletic events and great performances are happening daily all over college campuses throughout the Philadelphia region. Sports U. is here to capture them with a partnership among the Daily News, philly.com and college athletic departments. Stories and photographs are provided by each college athletic communications staff to highlight what is happening with their respective teams.

Sports U.
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected