DAVIDSON, N.C. – Senior Nyla Rueter surpassed 1,000 career points and the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team extended its winning streak to 14 in a row by outlasting Davidson, 59-47, Wednesday evening at John M. Belk Arena.
St. Bonaventure (15-2, 4-0 Atlantic 10) remained perfect in conference play with Wednesday's victory, also holding in a first-place tie with Duquesne and George Washington.
Rueter led all scorers with 16 points and Katie Healy added a double-double effort of 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Healy hit a jumper at the shot clock buzzer on the game's first possession and the Bonnies would never trail, leading for 39 minutes of game time. Despite that, Davidson (7-10, 1-3) refused to go away, remaining in striking distance until the very end.
St. Bonaventure opened the game on a 10-2 run, but Davidson would stem the tide and pull within 16-10 after one period.
Rueter reached her career milestone midway through the second quarter. The Hagerstown, Ind., native drove the lane and split the defense, finishing with a running one-hander for career points 1,000 and 1,001 as well as a 23-15 Bonnies lead. With the score, Rueter became just the 21st player in Bonnies history to reach 1,000 points.
Dakota Dukes, herself a 1,000-point scorer, delivered a bucket for the Wildcats before the end of the half for a 25-19 score at intermission.
St. Bonaventure would seize control with a hot start to the second half.
Healy posted the first five points of the half as part of a 12-2 Bonnies run to open the third quarter. Rueter capped the sprint with a three-pointer for a 37-21 advantage at the 7:47 mark.
Hannah Early, the fourth 1,000-point scorer on the floor, cut the lead to single digits at 40-32 with a three of her own with 1:50 left in the period. A jumper from Imani Outlaw just before the end of the third pushed the Bonaventure lead to 42-32 entering the fourth.
Once again, though, Davidson pushed back. Mackenzie Latt began the fourth quarter with a traditional three-point play for a 42-35 score.
Healy answered with an and-one of her own at the 7:26 mark for a 47-35 cushion, but Davidson sliced to within nine once more on a trey from Alex Long.
A layup from Healy followed by threes from Rueter and Miranda Drummond would finally put the game on ice for the Bonnies as the lead extended to 57-42 with under four minutes to go.
Drummond finished with 10 points and Mariah Ruff contributed eight points and two steals. Outlaw also had six points off the bench.
Latt paced Davidson with 13 points and nine boards with both Dukes and Early adding eight points apiece.
St. Bonaventure shot at a 42.9 percent clip (24-for-56) while Davidson finished at 37.0 percent (20-54). The Bonnies held a 37-30 edge in rebounding.
The Bonnies will return home for a date with George Mason on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.