ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The Bonnies rallied back from as many as 22 points down in the second half to stun Duquesne in a thriller at the Reilly Center, 63-62 on Saturday. Katie Healy posted a game-high 26 points and Hannah Little added 15 points as SBU shot 61.5% in the second half.
Final Score: St. Bonaventure, 63 | Duquesne, 62
Location: Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center
Records: SBU: 20-7 (9-3 A-10) | DUQ: 16-9 (8-4 A-10)
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Starters for the Bonnies: #21 Rueter (G), #33 Michael (G), #11 Little (F), #24 Bowker (F), #42 Healy (F)
How It Happened
Round two of St. Bonaventure vs. Duquesne was shaping up in a very similar fashion to that of the first game played between the two teams on New Year's Day. However, the Bonnies certainly had other plans today. The Brown and White trailed Duquesne by 14 points at halftime and the Dukes would build as much as a 22-point lead at the 17:23 mark of the second half, as St. Bonaventure came roaring back to stun the Dukes and claim the one point victory.
Katie Healy (10 points) and Hannah Little (8 points) combined for 18 of the teams 21 first half points as Little scored eight of the Bonnies first nine points today. Despite Healy scoring nine straight points for the Bonnies in a three minute span, Duquesne closed out the first half on a 12-1 run to carry all of the momentum going into the break. The Dukes knocked down 4-8 from three point land and finished the half shooting 13-25 (52%) from the field. The Bonnies shot just 7-20 (35%) in the opening 20 minutes and were 0-5 behind the arc.
In the second half, the Dukes would outscore the Bonnies 12-4 in the first four minutes and would claim their largest lead of the game during that stretch, 22 points. From that point forward, St. Bonaventure outscored Duquesne 38-15 from the 15:54 mark of the second half. During that stretch, the Brown and White would capitalize on all three of their 3-point baskets of the game. Emily Michael knocked down the team's first triple of the day at the 12:48 mark to cut the Duquesne lead to 17 points. A little over four minutes later, Nyla Rueter converted on a trey that brought the Dukes' lead down to 12 points. Just over four minutes after the three-pointer from Rueter, Chelsea Bowker hit her only three-ball of the day to pull the Bonnies within six points at the 4:09 mark.
The Bonnies would take the lead for the first time since the 17:42 mark of the first half with just 1:11 remaining in the game off a Katie Healy put back to cap off St. Bonaventure's incredible comeback. Healy's 16 second half points would prove to be a key in propelling the Bonnies to victory.
Beyond The Box Score
With today's victory, Jim Crowley earned his fifth 20-win season as head coach at St. Bonaventure, and the fifth time in six seasons.
All nine of Nyla Rueter's total points came during that Bonnies' 38-15 run in the final 15:54 of the game.
Little started her fourth straight game and finished with 15 points and five rebounds.
The Bonnies out rebounded the Dukes 14-13 in the first half and 18-12 in the second half.
Duquesne's 52% field goal percentage in the first half marked the first time an opponent has shot 50% or higher in a first half against the Bonnies since the Bonnies and Dukes first matchup on Jan. 1, 2014. 21 points is the fewest amount of first half points the Bonnies have scored since they scored just 21 in the first half at Duquesne in that same game.
After turning the ball over 12 times in the first half, SBU only committed five turnovers in the second half.
Healy's 26 points today is one shy of her career-high of 27, which she has scored twice within the past month. This was the 13th consecutive game Healy has scored in double-figures and the eighth conference game out of 12 that she has scored 15+ points. The Bonnies are now 11-3 this season in games where Healy has 15+ points. Her three steals today was a season-high.
The Bonnies shot a staggering 61.5% in the second half, their best shooting percentage since they shot 68.8% in the second half at Rhode Island on Jan. 22, 2014.
After a poor first half of shooting, SBU ended the day shooting 23-46 from field (50%).
St. Bonaventure's 10 offensive boards today marks the fourth time in 10 games the team has recorded 10 or more offensive rebounds. The team is now 18-1 on the season in games where it outrebounds its opponents.
The Bonnies will hit the road for a mid-week contest at VCU on Wednesday (Feb. 19) at 7:00 p.m.