Fordham Fends Off @BonniesWBB in the Bronx

Fordham Fends Off @BonniesWBB in the Bronx

BRONX, N.Y. – Multiple scoring runs from Fordham helped the host Rams establish an early lead and then, after the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team drew even early in the third quarter, pull away for a 57-45 victory Saturday at Rose Hill Gym.

Mariah Ruff and Gabby Richmond each scored in double figures with 14 points and 10 points respectively while Richmond tallied a double-double by adding 10 rebounds.

"Once Fordham gets a lead they do a really good job of shortening the game and working the clock,
 St. Bonaventure head coach Jesse Fleming said. "They needed to win and came out and shot the three really well. (G'mrice) Davis really established herself really well and that opened the door for (Kate) Kreslina to shoot threes. They got the early lead and we couldn't score enough to come back."

Davis tallied a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds for Fordham while freshman Kreslina had 14 points and six boards. Fordham drilled nine three-pointers led by Kreslina's four shots from beyond the arc.

A 22-9 sprint from Fordham spanning the third and fourth quarters put the Rams ahead 14 with 6:02 to play.

The Bonnies (9-14, 4-7 A-10) staged a rally, getting as close as 49-41 following a traditional three-point play by Ruff with two minutes remaining. On the ensuing possession, it appeared as though the Bonnies had forced a shot clock violation, but after official review a Fordham shot attempt was deemed to have hit the rim with a second remaining and the rebound fell to the Rams. That allowed Fordham to hit two free throws following a Bonnies foul and the visitors would not get closer the rest of the way.

Fordham (16-9, 7-4) employed runs of 8-0 and 7-0 during the first quarter to establish early control, taking a 17-8 lead after the opening 10 minutes.

The Bonnies were much more sound in the second quarter, immediately cutting to within two by tallying the first seven points of the period. St. Bonaventure had several possessions with a chance to tie or take the lead, but could not do so before heading to halftime, trailing just 24-22 after holding a 14-7 scoring margin during the second.

Richmond opened the second half with a 14-foot jumper for a tie score, but Fordham soon re-extended its lead back to 34-26.

The two teams shot nearly evenly from the field - Fordham was at 37.7 percent (20-for-53) and St. Bonaventure shot at a 37.5 percent clip (18-48).

St. Bonaventure returns home to host its annual Pink Game on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Reilly Center vs. La Salle with tip off scheduled for 7 p.m. Special pink T-shirts will be on sale with a portion of the proceeds from T-shirt and ticket sales going to support cancer research and treatment in the local area. For more information, please click here.

GAME NOTES:

  • St. Bonaventure used the starting lineup of Mariah Ruff, Jalisha Terry, Gabby Richmond, Matea Britvar and Sarah Hart for the 20th consecutive game.
  • The Bonnies will have back-to-back home games this upcoming week at the Reilly Center. Along with a Tuesday date vs. La Salle, the Brown and White will also play host to Saint Louis on Feb. 11.
  • Richmond posted her fifth double-double of the year.
  • Ruff led the team in scoring for the 12th time this season and 19th time for her career, both highs among active Bonnies.
  • Mckenna Maycock had all seven bench points for the Bonnies.
  • Fordham won the battle of the boards 38-29.