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PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph's built a commanding first half lead and withstood a charge from the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team in the late going to take a 70-53 victory Sunday afternoon at Hagan Arena.
Mariah Ruff paced the Bonnies with 18 points and six rebounds while Mckenna Maycock tied her career high of 14 points. Gabby Richmond gave St. Bonaventure a third player in double figures with 10 points on the afternoon.
The Bonnies are now 9-13 overall on the season and 4-6 in Atlantic 10 play while Saint Joseph's improves to 9-12, 6-3.
Saint Joseph's used 22 offensive rebounds to set the tone Sunday, leading to 21 second chance points.
St. Bonaventure got as close as 10 twice during the third quarter and trailed 52-41 heading for the fourth following a running one-hander from Ruff two seconds before the buzzer. The visitors wrestled the deficit down to single digits following a coast-to-coast run by Jalisha Terry, forcing the Hawks to call for time with the score at 56-47 with six minutes left.
The following possession was a microcosm of the afternoon, though. After the Bonnies at first forced a stop on the defensive end, the Hawks pulled in an offensive rebound, drew a foul and saw Kritstalyn Baisden knock down two free throws to push the lead back to 11.
From there Saint Joseph's remained in control.
Alyssa Monaghan finished with a game-high 21 points while Chelsea Woods posted 18.
The Hawks opened the game on a 5-0 break, then after back-to-back layups from Richmond, used another 6-0 run to lead 11-4 at the first media timeout.
Joe's then pulled ahead with a 12-2 sprint for a 27-12 lead at the 6:50 mark of the first half behind 12 early points from Woods and seven by Adashia Franklyn, who ultimately finished with 12.
Rhianna Council finished a nice stutter step with a bucket as the half came to a close, but the Saint Joseph's lead remained 14 at intermission.
The Bonnies will have the week off before making the trip to Fordham on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. in the second meeting of the season between the Brown and White and the Rams.
- Saint Joseph's used 13 second chance points during the first half to build its lead.
- The Bonnies had three or more players in double figure scoring for the third straight game.
- The Hawks are 20-5 all-time against SBU in 25 games in Philadelphia.
- Maycock matched her career high in scoring set just last Saturday vs. Duquesne on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor and a perfect 6-of-6 at the line. She has three straight games of double figure scoring for the first time in her career.
- Bona shot 43 percent from the floor overall, but went 0-of-9 from beyond the arc. It was the first game this season the Bonnies failed to hit a three-pointer. The Hawks shot just 34 percent (21-61), but drilled seven of 24 attempts from long range.
- Richmond had three of Bona's six blocks, one off her career high.
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