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The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team (3-2) dropped the second straight game this season to No. 8/9 Georgia (6-0) 84-48 in the first game of the New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament Friday night at "The Pit."
Georgia used an 18-3 run late in the first half to put a stranglehold on this one as the Bonnies were never able to find an offensive rhythm.
Freshman Nyla Rueter went on to lead the team in scoring for the first time in her young career. She put up 10 points on 4-5 shooting, 2-2 from 3-point range. The Hagerstown, Ind. Native added three rebounds and an assist to her stat line in 20 minutes of action.
Georgia opened the game up with hot hands from behind the arc. They knocked down five three's en route to opening a 19-7 lead with 8:23 left in the first half. Georgia would control the pace from there, scoring 22 points the rest of the way to take a 41-20 lead into the break.
Khaalidah Miller led the way for the Lady Bulldogs, scoring 22, two shy over her career high. Three other Bulldogs would net double figures: Anne Marie Armstrong – 11, Jasmine James – 12 and Tiaria Griffin – 14.
Georgia finished the game shooting 50 percent from the floor (30-60) and 10-21 from three-point range in the victory. The Bonnies shot 31.5 percent (17-54).
Bonnies leading scorer Doris Ortega, who was shut out in the first half, went 2-3 from the floor and 2-2 from the free throw line in the second frame for her six points. CeCe Dixon scored nine points on 2-9 shooting while she, along with Ortega and Hannah Little, grabbed a team high four rebounds. Alaina Walker scored five points and grabbed three rebounds.
The Bonnies turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 24 times but hung with the much bigger Lady Bulldogs on the boards, being out-rebounded by just two (35-33).
The Bonnies went 4-16 from three-point range after going 0-6 on Tuesday in their loss to Fairfield. They also handed out eight assists after being shutout in that category Tuesday as well.
SBU will be back in action Saturday night against the loser of New Mexico and North Texas.
GAME NOTES: Jordan McGee did not score but grabbed three rebounds in her homecoming to Albuquerque. Georgia outscored the Bonnies 32-24 in the paint. St. Bonaventure added 25 points off the bench after added just seven bench points against Fairfield. Kelcie Rombach scored four points, the first of her career. The Bonnies have lost back-to-back regular season games for the first time since Nov. 15/17 2010 (Indiana and Morgan State), both on the road.