Bonnies Drop Overtime Heartbreaker, 71-69, at Canisius

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BUFFALO – In a game that featured 12 ties and seven lead changes and was never separated by more than two possessions during the second half, it was fitting that things weren't decided until the final seconds – check that, the last second Wednesday night at the Koessler Center.

When the final buzzer sounded, however, Danielle Migliore's three attempt following a Bonnies inbound looked like it had a great chance, but went off the front iron as Canisius held on for a 71-69 decision over the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team in overtime.

Mckenna Maycock finished with a career-high 21 points, surpassing her previous career high of 15 points in just 21 minutes on the floor. She drained 8-of-13 shot attempts and added seven rebounds. Mariah Ruff tallied a game-high 23 points, also finishing with seven rebounds.

The Bonnies (1-2) led for nearly all of the first half, building an eight-point advantage midway through the first quarter. Canisius took its first advantage in the final minute of the opening half, but Bree Paulson drilled a shot from distance before the half expired for a 30-28 score at intermission.

That set the stage for what was to come in the second half.

It was a back-and-forth battle between the Little Three rivals as neither side could gain control. Canisius (1-1) stepped out to a 44-39 lead with 2:26 left in the third following a 6-0 break, but that would be the biggest difference after halftime.

The fourth quarter saw the teams stay within five points for the duration and never had a gap of more than three points over the final 6:47.

A layup from Maycock put the Bonnies ahead, 60-58, with 1:48 left in regulation, but Canisius answered on the next trip down the floor on a bucket from Olivia Vernon.

Each team had opportunities at the line late – Ruff made one of two for a 61-60 lead, then Anndea Zeigler worked her way to the stripe with 26 seconds to go, likewise missing the first before sinking the second try for the 61-61 tie. Maycock had a chance slicing through traffic inside as time expired, but her effort fell short as the teams headed to an extra period.

Migliore started overtime by driving the lane for a 63-61 lead, and after a Canisius layup, Ruff drilled a three for a 66-63 Bonnies score.

Canisius again had an answer as Vernon sank a trey on the next trip down the floor.

The seesaw continued until Canisius split a pair of free throws on two straight possessions, taking a 69-67 lead with 19 seconds left.

On the next possession Jalisha Terry worked the baseline, finishing off the glass for the tie, seemingly forcing a second overtime.

Canisius had another timeout left though and, with the ball advanced past half court, saw Vernon break free underneath as she tallied what ended up being the winning layup. A Bonnies timeout gave the visitors one last chance which resulted in Migliore creating great chance for the win after receiving an inbounds pass from Ruff, but it came up just short, bouncing off the front iron and around the rim as time expired.

Sara Hinriksdottir tallied a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds while Mariah Welch netted 18 points for the Griffs.

St. Bonaventure returns to action Saturday afternoon at the Reilly Center in a doubleheader with the men's team. The women's game against Eastern Michigan tips off at 1:30 p.m.

GAME NOTES: St. Bonaventure suffered a defeat at Canisius for the first time since Nov. 20, 1999, but still owns a 28-25 all-time series lead … Wednesday marked the first overtime contest in the series since the 1985-86 season … Bree Paulson finished with nine points and eight rebounds.