@BonniesWBB Suffers Home Loss To Charlotte, 64-57

@BonniesWBB Suffers Home Loss To Charlotte, 64-57

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure (9-12, 2-4 Atlantic 10) fell behind early and never held a lead in its 64-57 loss to Charlotte (15-4, 4-1) in women's basketball action on Wednesday night at the Reilly Center.

Charlotte jumped out to an 8-2 lead right out of the gate. St. Bonaventure responded with a 4-0 run with buckets from Katie Healy and Doris Ortega but Charlotte jumped back out to a 14-8 lead by the 10:40 mark in the first half. An offensive drought midway through the first half for the Bonnies allowed the 49ers to establish and 11-point, 29-18 lead with 2:52 to play in the opening frame.

The Bonnies however went on a 8-2 run over those finals minutes to close the gap at the break. Ashley Zahn sank a pair of free throws followed by an acrobatic Nyla Rueter lay-in and finally capped by five straight points from Katie Healy to close out the half.

At the break, Healy led all scorers with 10 points on 4-6 shooting. Nyla Rueter pitched in six of her own while Ortega managed four. Alaina Walker only played nine minutes in the first half having picked up two fouls in the early going.

In the second half the Bonnies managed to trim away at the lead cutting it down to just one, 37-36 thanks to a triple from Rueter with 16:45 to play. Charlotte immediately extended the lead back to eight but allowed the Bonnies to cut it back to three thanks to an Ortega lay-up, a Zahn triple a free throw from Ortega.

But that was as close as the Bonnies would come in this one. The 49ers slowly chipped the lead back up to 12, 54-42 with 8:46 to play. When the Bonnies got it back down to eight, All-Conference player Jennifer Hailey imposed her will and put Charlotte back up ten on the very next possession.

Rueter and Ortega went on a 6-0 run of their own to cut the lead down to four with 3:48 to go. But once again Hailey took over for the 49ers and shut the door on the Bonnies hopes of a comeback. Charlotte would inevitably emerge with the 64-57 victory, the first for Charlotte head coach Cara Consuegra in the Reilly Center.

Jennifer Hailey finished with a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds. The Bonnies put three players in double-figures for the third time this season. Nyla Rueter led the Brown and White in scoring for the second time in her young career with 15. The Hagerstown, Ind. native also collected 6 rebounds in the effort. Doris Ortega scored 14 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out five assists. Katie Healy scored 14 points as well while snagging 5 boards.

The Bonnies hit the road this weekend to visit Xavier in a Superbowl Sunday matinee at 3:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center.

GAME NOTES: Nyla Rueter's 15 points were a career high. Katie Healy scored an A-10 career high 14 points. The Katie Healy three-pointer at the end of the first half ended a 76:38 minute drought from deep for the Bonnies. When Emily Michael converted her triple in the second half with 17:16 remaining, it was exactly 80 minutes since her previous made three.