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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team employed a 28-6 run to erase a halftime deficit, surging to a 70-51 victory over visiting Eastern Michigan Saturday afternoon at the Reilly Center.
The Bonnies move to 2-2 on the season, sparked by four players scoring in double figures. Junior Mckenna Maycock, just days removed from her career-best scoring output Wednesday at Canisius, led all scorers with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting and also added six rebounds. Arielle Harvey dropped 13 points off the bench, hitting 5-of-8 shot attempts, while Bree Paulson netted 12 points and freshman Emily Calabrese totaled a career best 10 points along with seven rebounds.
St. Bonaventure used a similar attack as in its win last Friday over Niagara to race past EMU (2-2).
The Bonnies led 18-8 after the first quarter, but a 14-0 sprint from the Eagles pushed the visitors to a 26-24 edge at halftime.
But things were different after intermission.
St. Bonaventure was red hot during the third – Bona shot 10-of-15 from the floor and 4-of-7 from distance in the quarter, launching a furious charge. The Bonnies spread the wealth in the third as six different players scored, led by Harvey's 3-of-3 shooting for seven points.
Already ahead by four, Danielle Migliore took advantage of a feed by Jalisha Terry, draining a three on the right wing for the seven-point lead. On the next trip down the floor, Harvey drove the lane for a traditional three-point play and the largest lead of the game to that point. Following a Harvey turnaround jumper at the 1:35 mark of the quarter for a 44-32 score, the Bonnies were in control and never looked back.
"We have proven that we can score it a little bit this year, but we've had to get better defensively," St. Bonaventure head coach Jesse Fleming said. "I was really proud of our third quarter and it was all about our defense."
The Bonnies pulled away without any points for the majority of the game from leading scorer Mariah Ruff, who banked in a three at the third quarter buzzer for her first bucket. She facilitated the offense, though, handing out 10 assists and surpassing 300 for her career.
"Last season, (Ruff) was asked to score a ton. Now she can get people involved. We have Emily who can score inside, Danielle and Bree can really shoot the three. Arielle and Mckenna can create their own shots," Fleming said of his team's new-found scoring depth. "Mariah still needs to score, but it is huge that we are able to spread the wealth a bit and it starts with her."
Along with her 10 assists, Ruff finished with seven points. Migliore also added nine points and six rebounds.
Bona's defense limited Eastern Michigan to 31 percent shooting from the floor (19-of-60) and single digit points in the first and third quarters. St. Bonaventure, meanwhile, shot at a 48 percent clip (27-56) and turned 19 EMU turnovers into 27 points of offense.
Next up for the Bonnies is a trip to 2017 NCAA Tournament entrant and defending Patriot League champion Bucknell on Tuesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
GAME NOTES: Ruff became just the 11th player in Bonnies women's basketball history to reach 300 assists for a career. She moved into ninth all-time with 306 assists, one shy of current assistant coach Andrea Mulcahy (Doneth) … with seven points on the day, Ruff now stands with 986 for her career, 24th in program history … The Bonnies have shot 22-of-29 from the floor during the third quarter during their two home games … Saturday marked the first win for St. Bonaventure over Eastern Michigan. The Eagles had taken the only previous two meetings.
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