@BonniesWBB Locks Down Richmond For Dominating 66-43 Victory

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team held visiting Richmond to just 10 combined points during the second and third quarters on the way to stifling the Spiders, 66-43, in front of the largest crowd of the season Sunday afternoon at the Reilly Center.

The Bonnies improve to 19-3 overall and 8-1 in Atlantic 10 play with the victory while Richmond falls to 9-12, 2-6.

Richmond started hot, powered by seven quick points from leading scorer Janelle Hubbard to take a 12-8 lead at the 6:11 mark of the first quarter. The Spiders hit five of their first six shots from the floor, but Bonaventure would soon take over.

Nyla Rueter sank a corner three with a defender in her face for a 15-13 SBU advantage, and from there the Bonnies never trailed again.

Rueter's trey came as part of a 14-1 run by the Bonnies to seize control with a 25-15 cushion after the opening 10 minutes.

St. Bonaventure completely locked down on defense in the second. The Spiders scored just two points during the quarter, going 1-of-9 from the floor, and were forced into seven turnovers by the Bonaventure defense.

A three-pointer from Emily Michael as the clock expired before the half pushed the lead to 36-17 at intermission.

The Brown and White remained relentless in the third quarter as the Spiders went a combined 4-of-34 from the floor (11.7 percent) while scoring just 10 points over a span of over 25 minutes encompassing the first through third quarters.

As Richmond struggled offensively, the Bonnies continued to push ahead. A long three-ball from Mariah Ruff pushed the cushion to 50-20 with three minutes remaining in the penultimate period.

Richmond never got closer than 21 points the rest of the way.

The Bonnies held Richmond to 28.3 percent shooting for the day (15-53) while shooting 45.5 percent themselves (25-55) including 7-of-18 from long range.

Four Bonnies worked into double figure scoring led by Katie Healy's 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Ruff added 12 points and five assists while Gabby Richmond, making her fourth start of the season, finished just shy of a double-double with 10 points and a season-high nine rebounds. Matea Britvar also provided solid minutes off the bench with 10 points and eight rebounds.

For Richmond, Hubbard paced the scoring with 13 points while Micaela Parson tallied 10.

St. Bonaventure returns to action Wednesday at VCU with tipoff slated for 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES: St. Bonaventure improved its best-ever start to a season at home, moving to 13-0 at the Reilly Center ... Sunday's game was played before an announced crowd of 2,011 fans, the largest home gathering this season ... the Bonnies are now 8-11 all-time vs. Richmond ... Sunday's contest aired nationally on the American Sports Network ... SBU has held opponents to single digits in a quarter 23 times this season, accounting for 26 percent of all quarters ... Richmond became the ninth SBU opponent to fail to reach 50 points this year ... Britvar tied her career high in scoring and was one off a career best in rebounding ... 10 Bonnies registered points ... Ruff has posted four or more assists 16 times this year and five or more assists in seven games.

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