Final Score: St. Bonaventure 65, Edinboro 43
Location: Reilly Center - St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
The Short Story
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team defeated the Edinboro Fighting Scots, 65-43 on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Katie Healy was the game-high scorer with 17 points; fellow sophomore Hannah Little added 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Bonnies.
How it Happened
Despite the first half being played very tight, St. Bonaventure grabbed control of the lead early and never looked back. The Brown and White missed both of its only three-point attempts in the first half, but converted on 54.2% of its FG's (13-24). Edinboro put up a total of 44 shot attempts in the first half, only converting on 12 of those tries while shooting 57.1% from the line (4-7). Freshman Imani Outlaw hit a shot at the first half buzzer, bringing the crowd to its feet and putting the Bonnies up 32-25 going into halftime. Katie Healy led all scorers with 13 points at the break.
In the second half, the Brown and White started fast, and continued to play that way for the remainder of the game. SBU outscored Edinboro 8-3 to open the second half, and continued to extend the lead from that point on. Edinboro did not record double-digit second half points until under 8 minutes remaining in the contest. Thanks to Hannah Little's 10-point, 3-rebound second half, the Bonnies extended the lead to 62-38 with three minutes to go. The Brown and white shot 52.4 % from the field, and 73.3% from the line in the second half. The team attempted three, 3 point FG's on the afternoon, going 0-3. The Bonnies finished the game with three players in double figures (Healy, Little, Reuter).
Beyond the Box Score
This was St. Bonaventure's only exhibition before the team begins non-conference play next weekend at N.C. State and Colgate.
The Bonnies' next home contest will be on Friday, November 15, when they host Wisconsin-Green Bay. The team will remain home for the next two games as well (Nov. 17 vs. Fairfield and Nov. 19 vs. Niagara).
Quotes From St. Bonaventure Coach Jim Crowley
"We saw a lot of the things today that we've been seeing in practice, both good and bad", said Crowley. "I liked how we adjusted in the second half and defended better, and I liked that we were able to share the ball better", he continued.."We obviously have to be better at free throws and shooting the ball better from the perimeter, as well as limiting our turnovers..certainly a lot of things to build on, and some other things to get better at, which is about where we should be at this point."
The Bonnies officially open the 2013-14 season next weekend, traveling to take on N.C. State on Friday, Nov. 8, and then continue play on the road Sunday at Colgate (Nov. 10).