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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – A national TV audience brought out the best in the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team Saturday at the Reilly Center as the Bonnies swept past visiting UMass, 69-59. St. Bonaventure's duo of Mariah Ruff and Danielle Migliore combined for 43 points to power the Bonnies attack.
The Bonnies never trailed during the contest, stretching their lead out to 22 during the second half.
Ruff, fresh off a 31-point outing on Wednesday night, poured in a game-high 24 points including six 3s, adding four assists and three steals. Migliore nearly matched her teammate, finishing with 19 points on the day.
"We did a great job guarding the post. It all started with our defense," St. Bonaventure head coach Jesse Fleming said.
St. Bonaventure (6-10, 1-2 Atlantic 10) led 19-13 after a quarter of play and took a 32-22 lead to halftime, but it was another great home third quarter that set the tone for victory.
The Bonnies came out of the locker room to start the second half firing on all cylinders, launching a game-changing 13-1 run. With Ruff leading the way by getting hot from distance, the Bonnies extended their lead to a commanding 45-23 margin following a layup from Migliore.
The hosts were relentless with their attack during the third, keeping the advantage at 56-34 as the third quarter came to a close, capped by another jumper by Ruff. The Bonnies went 8-for-16 during the quarter including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc to take command.
UMass (8-8, 0-3) closed the gap during the fourth quarter, but never got closer than the final score.
Bona also received strong contributions from other sources as well. Sophomore Jalisha Terry handed out a career high eight assists while also posting nine points and four rebounds. Freshman Emily Calabrese finished with seven rebounds and six points.
UMass guard Hailey Leidel finished with 20 points, but the Bonnies neutralized senior center Maggie Mulligan who entered the day averaging nearly a double-double for the Minutewomen. Though Mulligan pulled down 12 rebounds, the Bona defense limited her to just three points.
Turnovers were also key – St. Bonaventure forced UMass into 19 turnovers which resulted in 26 points of Bona offense.
Next up for the Bonnies is a road contest at Dayton on Wednesday night.
GAME NOTES: Ruff took over fifth place in Bonnies career assists, moving to 355 for her time in Brown and White to pass Priscilla Edwards '09 … Ruff also jumped from 16th to 13th in career scoring with 1,167 points … the Bonnies won their second straight contest over the Minutewomen and have taken 11 of the last 13 meetings … Saturday's game was aired live on CBS Sports Network … the Bonnies, who ranked second in the Atlantic 10 in 3s per game entering the day (8.1 per game), have connected on 10 or more triples four times this year including back-to-back games.
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