Penn State was looking for its first road-win against St. Bonaventure (8-2), but a 70-60 defeat did not allow that goal to be met. The Lady Lions (4-6) are now 0-5 on the road.
Early on, the Lions acquired an early 4-3 lead before St. Bonaventure scored 12 consecutive points with 4:02 remaining in the first quarter. The Lions pulled within nine to end the quarter at 19-10.
With the Bonnies leading 27-15 late in the second quarter, the Lions responded with an 8-0 run. In addition to a pair of free throws from Lindsey Spann and a pair of Brianna Banks jumpers, the Lions trimmed the lead to six points with 2:58 to play.
However, St. Bonaventure closed the half on a 7-3 run to secure a 34-26 lead.
After a Spann rebound and 3-pointer, the Bonnies answered with 10 straight points to push the lead to 44-29 with 6:32 remaining. A speedy third quarter ended with the Lions trailing by 14 at 54-40.
The Lions opened the fourth quarter strong and pulled within two points with 6:20 of action left. During the 14-2 run, six different Lions contributed points, four of which were from Spann.
The Bonnies scored two points before a pair of Banks free throws pulled the lead within two, 58-56, once again. However, a St. Bonaventure 12-4 stretch closed out the 70-60 defeat over the Lions.
Heading into the game, coach Coquese Washington was looking for a low number of turnovers. The Lions committed only 13 compared to the 16 they forced.
Banks, who posted a career-high 26 points, added three rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot in a career-high of 34 minutes of action against the Bonnies.
In addition to a game-high three steals, Spann tallied 17 points, which marked her fourth straight competition in double figures.
The Lions will return to the Bryce Jordan Center to face Sacred Heart for a noon tipoff on Dec. 20.