OLEAN, N.Y. - A late rally by the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team came up short Wednesday evening as the Hawks fell to St. Bonaventure, 73-67, at the Reilly Center. The Hawks, who were paced by a career-high 22 points from junior Natasha Cloud, fall to 17-6 overall and 6-4 in the Atlantic 10 with the loss.
Down 55-42 with under eight minutes to play, Saint Joseph's went on a 14-3 run to cut the Bonnies' lead to 58-56 on a steal and layup by sophomore Ciara Andrews at 4:19.
Following a defensive stop, the Hawks would get the ball back with a chance to tie the game. Unfortunately for SJU, the shot never fell as St. Bonaventure (18-6, 7-2 A-10) scored the next five points to open a 63-56 lead on a free throw by Emily Michael with 1:34 to play.
A layup by Cloud brought the Hawks within five, but the Bonnies closed the game out at the foul line, hitting 10-of-10 from the charity stripe in the final minute after going just 8-of-19 from there the rest of the game.
In the first half, the Bonnies came out hot and grabbed the lead early thanks to Chelsea Bowker 14 points. Connecting on 5-of-6 from the field, including four from behind the arc, Bowker helped give SBU a 34-24 edge at the half.
After shooting 32.3 percent in the first half, the Hawks rebounded to shoot 50 percent in the second stanza and finish at 40.7 percent overall (24-of-59). However, the Bonnies matched SJU's efficiency, going 23-of-46 from the floor for the contest, and hitting 9-of-13 from behind the arc (69.2 percent).
Cloud, who hit 8-of-14 from the floor, connected on 3-of-5 from three-point range and had 3-of-4 from the foul line to go with nine rebounds, three assists and two steals. Sophomore Sarah Fairbanks was the only other Hawk in double figured, finishing with 16 points.
Saint Joseph's returns to action next Wednesday when it hosts La Salle at 7 p.m.