GREEN BAY, WIS. -- The St.Bonaventure women's basketball team (7-8) trailed from wire to wire and were never able to mount a comeback against the Green Bay Phoenix (10-2) who ran away with a 61-42 victory Saturday afternoon.
The Bonnies managed to keep it close early in the first half, but trailing 18-12 with 8:20 to play, Green Bay commenced on a 14-3 run to close out the opening frame with a 32-15 advantage.
Katie Healy and Doris Ortega were the only Bonnies to find their way into the scoring column in the first half. Ortega managed eight points while Healy, who was making the second start of her young career in place of an injured Alaina Walker, pitched in the other seven.
In the second half it was more of the same for the Bonnies who would end up shooting a season low 27.9 percent from the floor. The Brown and White used some hot shooting midway through the second half to cut the lead down to 15, 41-26, only to see it balloon back up to 26 by the 4:28 mark.
The freshmen would close the game out strong however for the Bonnies. Led by Katie Healy, the freshman heavy lineup outscored Green Bay 11-4 down the stretch. But it was Green Bay who would ultimately emerge with the 61-42 victory.
Katie Healy scored a game and career high 16 points in her second career start. Nyla Rueter also fired home a career-high 11 points while making a career-best three triples. Green Bay put three players in double figures (Stephanie Sension – 12, Lydia Bauer – 13, Breannah Ranger – 14) en route to their tenth win.
The Bonnies scored a season-low 42 points off of a season low 12 made field goals. It was also the second lowest total number of field goals attempted (43) for the Bonnies this season.
St. Bonaventure (7-8) is now below .500 heading to conference play for the first time since the 2004-05 season when they entered Atlantic 10 play 5-6. Those Bonnies went on to post a 9-19 overall record, going 4-12 in conference games.
The Bonnies will return home to begin Atlantic 10 play on Sunday (Jan. 13). Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m. as the Brown and White attempt to defend their Atlantic 10 regular season championship.