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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – A game-high 18 points from junior guard Mariah Ruff was not enough as the St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team fell to La Salle, 57-45, Tuesday evening at the Reilly Center.
The Bonnies (9-15, 4-8 Atlantic 10) struggled to find traction offensively, shooting 28 percent from the floor and fought with La Salle's length as the Explorers posted eight blocks.
Ruff was the bright spot on the offensive end, scoring in double figures for the 19th time this season. Matea Britvar brought the hosts seven rebounds and four blocks, both team highs.
Down just one at halftime, the Bonnies scored the first six points of the second half for a 25-20 advantage at the 7:43 mark of the third.
La Salle (15-9, 8-4) responded with a 9-0 run of its own and the score remained at a five-point spread before Anemone Sheel drained a three with 31 seconds left in the third for a 38-30 score.
The Bonnies crept within six, 40-34, with 8:21 to play as Ruff drove the lane with a strong finish off the glass.
It would be La Salle that finished strong, though, as the Explorers enjoyed a double digit lead for the final five minutes.
"I thought we had a good couple of days (of practice). We had looked really good in practice, but it didn't translate to tonight," Bonnies head coach Jesse Fleming said.
St. Bonaventure forced La Salle out of rhythm offensively in the early going as the Explorers went just four of 25 from the floor to begin the game. La Salle built an eight-point lead during the first half, however, by working to the line – the visitors connected on nine of 10 attempts from the charity stripe before intermission.
The Bonnies ended the first quarter on a 7-0 run to tie the score at 14-all and remained within three the remainder of the first half. A long dry spell from both sides – a span of six minutes without scoring left the score at 20-19 La Salle as the teams combined for only nine points in the second quarter.
Griffin, the A-10's leading scorer, also tallied 18 points, one off her season average. She finished with a double-double by adding 11 rebounds.
"She's legit. The kid might be the best player in our league," Fleming said of La Salle's talented junior. "She's not 100 mph, she's extremely smooth."
La Salle made the most of its opportunities at the line, sinking 18 of 21 attempts. For the night, the Explorers went 18-for-52 from the field for 35 percent.
St. Bonaventure remains at home to host Saint Louis Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.
- The Bonnies hosted their annual Pink Game on Tuesday and a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and special pink T-shirt sales will go toward Olean General Hospital and cancer treatment in the local community.
- Mckenna Maycock earned her fourth start of the season.
- St. Bonaventure owned a 26-22 advantage on points in the paint.
- Sarah Hart had six boards in 30 minutes off the bench.
- Britvar tied a career high with four blocks, matching her total at Rhode Island on Jan. 3, 2016.
The Bonnies donned special pink jerseys Tuesday in support of cancer research. A portion of the proceeds of ticket sales and Pink Game T-shirts will go toward Olean General Hospital.
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