St. Bonaventure 66, Marist 63: Numbers and analysis

Mar 20, 2012; Tallahassee, FL, USA; St. Bonaventure Bonnies guard Jessica Jenkins (14) moves past past Marist Red Foxes guard Corielle Yarde (24) during the first half in the second round of the 2012 NCAA women's basketball tournament at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

In their first NCAA Tournament, St. Bonaventure is now headed to the Sweet Sixteen. The Bonnies narrowly defeated a strong Marist club 66-63 in the second round at Tallahassee, Florida.

The numbers were as follows:

St. Bonaventure

Marist

Possessions


60


61


Offensive Efficiency


111


103


eFG


52


47


FT Rate


26


32

OREB Percentage


46


20


TO Rate


22

13

The BBstate.com site labeled the pace as ‘excruciating'. From the perspective of the two teams it was a pace they have utilized and are comfortable with.

A key factor for St. Bonaventure was the play of senior guard Jessica Jenkins. Scoring just 5 points in the opener over Florida Gulf Coast, Jenkins had to respond with a better outing for the Bonnies to advance. On the first possession of the game Jenkins had a perimeter shot blocked by Marist's defensive specialist Kelsey Baynnon. Not a good sign to start the game. Jenkins found her groove however, doing what seniors are asked to do in these situations. That is, respond. She finished with a game high 22 points, shooting6 of 12 beyond the arc as the Bonnies went 7 of 15 (47%) from long distance. It was exactly the performance Bonnie coach Jim Crowley needed from his outstanding perimeter threat.

Surprising numbers: the Bonnies enjoyed a somewhat surprising and solid edge in offensive rebounding percentage numbers. For the game, St. Bonaventure owned a 37-21 rebounding advantage. That was definitely needed as the Bonnies were forced into a very high turnover rate, 22%. Marist, on their end, took excellent care of the ball with a 13% rate.

Big difference in eFG mark was the Bonnies' ability to hit from three while Marist was just 7 of 21 (33%).

Individually, Brandy Gang had a strong outing for the Red Foxes. Gang grabbed just 3 boards but led the way with 19 points. The 6-2 senior showed her versatility by stepping out to hit 3 of 5 from three point range. Corielle Yarde added 13 points. Baynnon had an impressive all around 12 point, team leading 6 rebound and two block effort.

For the Bonnies Megan Van Totenhove had 6 rebounds but was limited to 6 points. Doris Ortega came through with another strong outing as the sophomore forward enjoyed a 13 point, 10 rebound effort.

Marist coach Brian Giorgis was hoping to avenge a December 18thloss at St. Bonaventure and advance to the Sweet 16. They fell just short ending their season at 26-8. St. Bonaventure is 31-3 and headed to Raleigh to face Notre Dame.

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