BU women slip in second half, lose to St. Bonaventure

By wbng sports

December 7, 2013 Updated Dec 7, 2013 at 11:44 PM EDT

VESTAL (WBNG BINGHAMTON) Hannah Little scored a game-high 20 points and Chelsea Bowker finished with 19 points, as St. Bonaventure (8-3) rallied for a 63-54 win over Binghamton (1-7) in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The Bonnies overcame a nine-point halftime deficit en route to the victory.

The host Bearcats jumped out to a 34-25 lead at the break. Junior forward Sherae Swinson scored 12 of her 14 points during that span to lead all scorers and sophomore guard Kandace Newry made a desperation shot at the buzzer from well beyond the three-point arc.

With the Bearcats leading 45-40 with 8:33 left to go, however, Bowker took over the game. She drained a three-point field goal to pull the Bonnies to within 45-43 at the 8:02 mark of the second half. After two minutes of scoreless action, Bowker drilled another three-point shot, giving the Bonnies took a 46-45 lead with 5:45 left to play. In the ensuing four minutes, she made two more three-point field goals.

Little, meanwhile, iced the game by going 5-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 1:32 of regulation. She also finished the game with eight rebounds.

“It’s a disappointing loss, especially having played so well in the first half,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “We did a good job getting inside shots in the first half but didn’t do as well later in the game.”

Senior guard Vaneeshia Paulk led the Bearcats with 15 points.

Katie Healy added 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals in the winning effort.

Binghamton hosts Princeton on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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