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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Playing on the home floor of a veteran and red-hot George Washington squad Wednesday night, a youthful St. Bonaventure women's basketball team gave the Colonials all they wanted at the Charles E. Smith Center. The Bonnies fought all the way back from 14 points down before running out of time, 63-57.
GW, which snapped an 11-game winning streak by first-place Dayton on Sunday, improves to 18-8 overall and 11-3 in Atlantic 10 play with its fifth straight win while a game Bonaventure squad now sits at 9-17, 4-10.
After trailing by 14 during the second quarter, the Bonnies responded, tying the game at 51-all midway through the fourth. Bona refused to fold down the stretch, remaining within two possessions the rest of the way.
GW led by just three with just 14 seconds remaining, but a foul sent Mei-Leyn Bautista to the line where she hit one of two to make it a two possession game. A defensive stop from the Colonials put the game away.
Gabby Richmond led St. Bonaventure with 15 points and eight rebounds as one of four Bonnies scoring in double figures along with Mckenna Maycock (11 points, eight rebounds), Sarah Hart (11 points) and Mariah Ruff (11 points, seven assists).
George Washington opened the game on an 11-0 break including a pair of threes from Bautista back-to-back to start the scoring.
St. Bonaventure was slowed by 11 first quarter turnovers, but cut its deficit to single digits as freshman Rhianna Council tallied six points in the opening period.
The Bonnies found their footing during the second quarter, breaking off a 14-3 run to pull within 31-27 with 1:55 remaining in the half. The Colonials would score the final seven points of the half, though, to take a 38-27 advantage to intermission.
GW led by 11 in the third quarter before the Bonnies answered back.
Lexi Martins led all scorers with 21 points, adding seven rebounds for the Colonials. Kelli Prange posted 13 points off the bench and Bautista finished with nine points and five assists.
Council was just one off her career high in scoring with seven points before fouling out with 4:10 to play.
The Bonnies outrebounded the taller Colonials by a 36-31 margin.
St. Bonaventure returns home Saturday afternoon in the home finale, hosting VCU as part of Senior Day. Saturday's tipoff is slated for 1 p.m.
- The 14-point deficit is the largest this season that St. Bonaventure has rallied to tie.
- Council's career high of eight points was set in January at Richmond. She also played a career high 22 minutes Wednesday night.
- Wednesday is Ruff's 13th game this season with four or more assists and the 12th game of her career with six or more.
- Both SBU and GW had 10 offensive rebounds apiece.
- St. Bonaventure went 16-for-21 at the foul line while GW finished at 14-22.
- With two blocks on the night, Richmond now has 83 for her career, tying Donna Diota (1979-83) for third all-time in program history.
- The teams were even with 22 points in the paint.
- St. Bonaventure's 18 bench points (11 from Maycock and seven from Council) are a season high.
- Hart went a perfect 3-for-3 from long range, hitting three of Bona's five treys. The freshman was nearly perfect across the board in her shooting performance - she finished 3-of-4 from the floor overall and went 2-of-2 at the foul line.