Fairfield, CT - Junior Callan Taylor (Overland Park, KS) dropped in 21 points to become the 15th player in school history to reach the 1,000 pleateau but the SHU women's basketball team fell to St. Bonaventure 62-54 Tuesday afternoon. The loss snaps the Pioneers four game winning streak while the Bonnies have now won five of their last six. SBU was lights from three-point range all afternoon as the Bonnies went 10-for-15 (67%) from beyond the arc.
Taylor is the third fastest Pioneer to reach 1,000 points as the junior played her 74th career game Tuesday afternoon. The Kansas native also ranks 13th all-time at SHU for rebounding with 595 boards.
St. Bonaventure (9-4) came out firing after the opening tip, rattling off the games first ten points in the span of 2:55 to force a Pioneer timeout. Jessica Jenkins capped the run with one of her five treys of the game. Jenkins finished with a team high 17 points and shot 6-for-12 from the floor, including a 5-for-8 mark from downtown. SHU got on the board following the timeout on a Maureen Reilly (Cherry Hill, NJ) layup.
Sacred Heart (7-5) responded with their own 10-0 run and grabbed a 19-18 advantage as Blair Koniszewski (Vienna, VA) buried a straight-away three. The Bonnies regained control and used a 13-0 spurt to build a 31-19 cushion with just under three minutes remaining in the half. During the run Jenkins hit a pair of treys and Jennie Ashton completed a conventional three-point play. The Pioneers snapped a six minute streak without a field goal as Taylor hit a jumper on an inbounds pass from Ericka Norman (Chino Hills, CA) as SHU closed the game to 31-23 at the intermission.
The Bonnies finished the opening stanza shooting 50 percent form the field (12-24), including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Sacred Heart ended the first half with a 30 percent mark from the floor and 3-of-7 from three-point range. The Pioneers were able to get to the free-throw line more often in the opening twenty minutes, knocking down six-of-seven attempts from the line.
Jenkins came out for St. Bonaventure in the second half, hitting three's on back-to-back possessions. Taylor answered for the Pioneers on both occassions with a layup and a three ball of her own. SHU was unable to close the gap back to single digits and a fast break three from SBU's CeCe Dixon gave the Bonnies their largest lead of the game at 53-38.
Sacred Heart played better defense down the stretch as Alexis Campbell (Ashburn, VA) drew a charge a pair of charges to force two of the Bonnies total 15 turnovers. Jenkins provided what would prove to be the final daggar with a long range three to make it 59-45 with 4:10 remaining in regulation. SHU outscored the Bonnies 9-3 in the final four minutes but it was not enough as St. Bonaventure came away with the 62-54 victory.
Maggie Cosgrove (Andover, MA) netted ten points, hitting two three-pointers, while Kiley Evans (Cazenovia, NY) recorded seven points and five rebounds. SHU turned the ball over just ten times and posted four blocks, two from Reilly. Norman finished with four assists and one steal and was a bright spot on the defensive end. The Bonnies held a slight rebounding advantage, 26-25, but the Pioneers grabbed more offensive rebounds, 10-7.
The Pioneers finish the non-conference portion of their schedule 6-5 and will now turn their attention to Northeast Conference play for the rest of the season. Sacred Heart returns to action January 3 at home against the Wagner Seahawks.