@BonniesWBB Falls To VCU on Senior Day

@BonniesWBB Falls To VCU on Senior Day

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team celebrated Senior Day on Saturday afternoon, honoring its Class of 2017 prior to the game, but it was visiting VCU who left with a 77-60 victory at the Reilly Center.

The game started out on a fitting note as the Bonnies two senior players – Gabby Richmond and Imani Outlaw – began the scoring with back-to-back buckets for a 4-0 advantage.

VCU rallied with a 6-0 run of its own, though, and led, 14-10 after the opening 10 minutes.

The second quarter saw things unravel for the home team following a dry spell of over seven minutes on the scoreboard while VCU tallied 13 unanswered points, ultimately taking a 34-16 lead to halftime.

"They were making shots and feeling good about themselves," St. Bonaventure head coach Jesse Fleming said of the Rams. "We were missing open looks and got stagnant."

Unfortunately the Bonnies could not bring over any momentum from an impressive performance on Wednesday night at George Washington where St. Bonaventure battled one of the league favorites to the final seconds.

"I'm disappointed with the roller coaster we've been this season," Fleming said. "We haven't been able to get consistent minutes across the board this season and today was another indication of that."

Bona got to within 14 during the opening minutes of the third quarter, but another run by the Rams pushed the lead back over 20 points.

St. Bonaventure had four players score in double figures for the second game in a row, led by freshman Jalisha Terry's 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the floor and 5-of-5 at the line.

A trio of players – Richmond, Mariah Ruff and Mckenna Maycock all had 12 points apiece.

Terry, Maycock, who also had six rebounds, and freshman Rhianna Council, who finished with seven points and six rebounds in a career-high 28 minutes, represented some of the Bonnies' future Saturday.

"Rhi is growing. She and Mckenna are probably the two that have grown the most for us this year," Fleming said. "We're excited about the future with them."

Keira Thompson paced the Rams with 15 points while Mooriah Rowser and Ashley Pegram each had 14.

St. Bonaventure closes the regular season Tuesday night with a trip to Pittsburgh to take on Duquesne at 7 p.m. That game will decide seeding for the Atlantic 10 Tournament and where the Bonnies will travel for the first round next weekend. 

GAME NOTES:

  • Along with Richmond and Outlaw, the Bonnies also honored senior manager Tristan Slocum.
  • Richmond registered her 84th career block to take sole possession of third all-time in Bonnies history. Her 12 points Saturday leave her with 917 for her career.
  • Outlaw appeared in her 121st career game and had her fourth career start.
  • All 10 Bonnies saw time on Saturday.
  • Terry led the Bonnies in scoring for the third time in her young career and her 13 points were her most since also netting 13 at Saint Louis on Jan. 11.
  • The Bonnies went 15-of-21 at the line while VCU was at 21-for-29. The Rams built much of their early lead thanks to going 12-of-14 during the first half.
  • The 77 points scored by the Rams represent the most by any Bonnies opponent this season.

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