ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team led wire-to-wire and earned its sixth consecutive victory Wednesday night, defeating Saint Joseph's, 73-67 . Hannah Little posted her fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and tied a career-high with 18 rebounds. Chelsea Bowker registered a team-high 20 points, including 6-9 from behind the arc.
Final Score: St. Bonaventure 73 | Saint Joseph's 67
Location: Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center
Records: SBU: 18-6 (7-2 A-10) | SJU: 17-6 (6-4 A-10)
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Starters for the Bonnies: #21 Rueter (G), #33 Michael (G), #11 Little (F), #24 Bowker (F), #42 Healy (F)
How It Happened
The Bonnies led the entire way and knocked off defending A-10 champions, Saint Joseph's, 73-67. SBU jumped out to an 8-2 lead to start the game, knocking down its first three shots. The Brown and White went on to hit 6-7 from long range in the first half, as 18 of their first 25 points came from behind the arc. Chelsea Bowker led all players at the break with 14 points, including 4-5 first half triples, while Nyla Rueter added eight points and Hannah Little led all players at halftime with eight boards. SBU shot 11-22 (50%) from the field in the first half, while SJU was 10-31 (32.3%) and just 1-7 from three point land. The Brown and White led by as many as 12 points in the first half and took a 10-point lead into halftime.
Katie Healy was held without a field goal in the first half of play, but added 10 second half points and finished the game with 11 points and three assists. Although the Bonnies built up a 14-point lead at the 11:50 mark of the second half, their largest of the game, Saint Joseph's managed to close the gap to within two points, sparked by a 14-3 run over a three minute span with just under seven minutes remaining. Hannah Little would make back-to-back buckets to build the Bonnies lead back up to six points with just over two minutes to go. The Bonnies were on pace to have their worst outing from the free-throw line this season, but knocked down 12-13 in the second half including 10 straight in the final minute as the Hawks were forced to send the Bonnies to the line down the stretch. The Bonnies held the Hawks' leading scorer, Erin Shields (averaging 16 points per game entering tonight's contest), to just four points on the night. The St. Bonaventure defense, led once again by Emily Michael, limited Shields' looks at the basket and was able to contain her the entire game.
Beyond The Box Score
St. Bonaventure shot 50% from the field in both the first and second half to finish the game shooting 23-46 (50%).
Tonight was Hannah Little's fifth double-double of the season. This was the second game this season she registered 18 boards in a single game. Little's 18 rebounds in a single game put her just two shy of the Bonnies' all-time record (20). A player has registered 18 rebounds or more in a single game five times in program history, with Little earning two of those.
Chelsea Bowker tied a career-high with six three-pointers made, previously set on Dec. 17, 2013 at the Reilly Center vs. Buffalo. Bowker has now knocked down 61 three pointers this season, already surpassing her season totals in each of her previous three seasons played.
Tonight marked the third game this season the Bonnies have had four players finish a game with double-digit points (Bowker: 20, Rueter: 15, Little: 13, Healy: 11) and the fifth consecutive game the team has had three or more players finish in double-digits.
After going 0-8 from the field in the first half, Healy shot 5-8 in the second half before fouling out of the game for the first time this season with 3:54 remaining.
Imani Outlaw logged a career-high in minutes with 27.
The Brown and White are now 6-1 this season when Little has 10+ rebounds in a game. For the 12th time this season, she has led the Bonnies in rebounding.
The team is 6-0 this season with Bowker scores 15+ points and also 6-0 when she makes 4+ three pointers. For the fourth time this season, Bowker was the team-high scorer.
The Brown and White will head to UMass for a matchup with the Minutewomen on Saturday (Feb. 8th) at noon.