PHILADELPHIA - Led by junior forward Ilze Gotfrida's career-high 21 points, the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team downed St. Bonaventure, 61-44, Saturday afternoon at Hagan Arena. Holding the Bonnies to just 29.6 percent shooting (16-of-54), the Hawks improved to 4-0 in the Atlantic 10 and 13-5 overall.
Falling behind 12-8 to start, the Hawks took over the second half of the opening period, using a 17-2 run to take a 25-14 lead at halftime. Saint Joseph's held St. Bonaventure to just 1-of-11 from the field to finish the half as the Bonnies converted just 6-of-28 from the field (21.4 percent).
At the other end, Gotfrida tallied 11 of SJU's 25 points in the half, hitting 5-of-8 from the field and adding a free throw.
Saint Joseph's pulled away early to start the second half, putting together a 12-4 run to open the stanza as senior Ashley Prim gave her team a 37-19 lead on a jumper at 13:45.
The Bonnies (9-11, 2-3 A-10) would fight back to within 11, but the Hawks were able to keep St. Bonaventure at a distance over the final nine minutes to earn their fifth straight game.
For the game, the Hawks shot 37.9 percent overall (25-of-61), 36.4 percent from three-point range (4-of-11) and hit 7-of-13 from the foul line (53.8 percent). Saint Joseph's also finished with a 43-34 edge in rebounding, led by Gotfrida and Chatilla van Grinsven's combined 14 boards.
van Grinsven was the only other Hawk in double-figures, finishing with 13 points, while redshirt sophomore Natasha Cloud had a game-high eight assists to go with six points and five rebounds.
At the other end, the Bonnies were held without a three-pointer for just the second time this season, going 0-for-15. Doris Ortega led SBU with 16 points and seven rebounds.
The Hawks return to action this Wednesday when they host Butler at 7 p.m.