RICHMOND, Va. – St. Bonaventure fell to VCU by the score of 74-57 on Wednesday night. After trailing by 14 points at halftime to the Bonnies , the Rams came from behind to claim the victory. VCU converted on six three pointers in the second half to help complete its comeback.
Final Score: St. Bonaventure, 57 | VCU, 74
Location: Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center
Records: SBU: 20-8 (9-4 A-10) | VCU: 20-7 (8-6 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
It was a tale of two halves on Wednesday night at VCU, as St. Bonaventure saw its 14-point halftime lead vanish in the second half. The Bonnies turned the ball over 16 times in the second half and could not keep up with the hot shooting from the Rams as they outscored SBU 47-16 in the final 20 minutes.
St. Bonaventure led most of the first half and went into the break with three players scoring in double figures. Katie Healy led all players at the break with 14 points, six rebounds, and four assists while Hannah Little added 12 points and Nyla Rueter tallied 10 points.
The Bonnies shot 13-23 (56.6%) from the field in the first half and went 12-13 from the FT line, while VCU shot just 10-38 (26.3%). Both teams converted on three buckets from behind the arc, with the Bonnies making eight attempts and the Rams with 14 tries from long-range. The Brown and White also outrebounded VCU 22-18 and in the first half.
In the second half, VCU opened up on a 10-3 run in the first 4:16 to begin to cut into SBU's lead. The Rams were propelled by Isis Thorpe who converted on four second half three pointers after making just one in the first half. St. Bonaventure committed 16 second half turnovers and shot 4-17 from the field (23.5%). The Rams improved to 45.5% shooting in the second half (15-33) and shot 11-13 from the charity stripe.
Beyond The Box Score
Katie Healy recorded 15+ points for the ninth time in team's 13 conference games played .
Hannah Little, who had twelve first half points and four rebounds, finished with a near double-double with 13 points and nine boards.
The Bonnies' 24 turnovers tonight is tied for the most in a game this season, as they had 24 vs. Monmouth on November 22, 2013.
SBU had seven assists in the first half and just three in the second half.
VCU's 14 steals is tied for the most in a single game against SBU this season, as Buffalo had 14 on December 17, 2013.
Robyn Parks, the A-10's leading scorer with an average of 22.2 points per game, was held to just seven first half points and finished the game with 16. Parks only registered four rebounds in the first half but brought down 10 boards in the second stanza to finish with a game-high and record a double-double.
The Bonnies return to the Reilly Center where they are 10-1 this season (6-0 in A-10) to square off against George Mason on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in part one of a double header. Prior to tip off, the team will hold their Senior Day ceremony.
The first 500 fans to attend the double header will receive a limited edition Andrew Nicholson t-shirt, as his jersey number 44 will be retired in a special pregame ceremony prior to the men's game at 4:00 p.m.