Location: Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center – St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
Starters For St. Bonaventure: #11 Hannah Little, #14 Gabby Richmond, #21 Nyla Rueter, #33 Emily Michael, #42 Katie Healy
Starters For Edinboro: #00 Lauren Hippo, #11 Laurel Lindsay, #13 Aignee' Freeland, #15 Anastasia Riabchenko, #32 Hope Mancini
The Short Story:
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team held off a second half surge from Edinboro to defeat the Fighting Scots, 61-51, in an exhibition game at the Reilly Center on Saturday, Nov. 8. Junior Katie Healy led the Bonnies with a team-high 15 points and eight rebounds. Junior Hannah Little added 12 points and six rebounds.
How It Happened:
The two teams struggled out of the gate as each team was unable to find the basket. St. Bonaventure notched the first points of the game at the 16:14 mark off a Katie Healy jump shot. After the Healy basket, SBU found its touch and was able to extend to an 18-point lead with less than six minutes to go in the half. Edinboro was able to chip to away to finish the half trailing, 28-14. At the end of 20 minutes, Healy led the Bonnies with nine points, while Hannah Little, Kelcie Rombach and Mariah Ruff each had four. Gabby Richmond dominated the boards with seven rebounds.
In the second half, the Brown and White started lackadaisically as they allowed Edinboro to tally 14 points in just five minutes of play, matching their point total in the first half. The Fighting Scots would be able to bring their deficit to just four points with less than seven minutes to go as their shots from beyond the arc started to fall. Edinboro shot 57.1% (4-7) from three in the second half. The Fighting Scots guard, Lauren Hippo, played the whole 20 minute half and went 6-7 from the field and made two three-point shots. Hippo notched 16 points in the half. Nyla Rueter, who was unable to score in the first half, stepped up in the second half and registered 10 points to close out the game. After being four points away from each other, St. Bonaventure outscored Edinboro, 13-7. All nine players that played in today's game recorded a point for the Brown and White.
Beyond The Box Score:
- The Bonnies jumped out on a 13-0 run early in the first half to bring the score to 17-3 at the 10-minute mark. The run included three pointers from Mariah Ruff and Ashley Zahn as well as a steal and transition layup from Imani Outlaw.
- St. Bonaventure had 13 first-half points come from their bench.
- A strong Bonaventure defense held Edinboro to just five first-half field goals.
- Graduate student Ashley Zahn participated in her first competitive action since the 2012-13 season, scoring three points on a three pointer in the first half.
- Both teams scored nine points in the final 10 minutes of the first half and went into the break at a score of 28-14.
- The Fighting Scots outscored the Bonnies 17-4 from the 12-minute mark to the six-minute point, closing the deficit to just four points after being down 14 at the half.
- Three Bonnies scored in double-figures: juniors Katie Healy (15), Hannah Little (12) and Nyla Rueter (10).
- 26 of the Bonnies' 61 total points came in the paint.
- Healy had a game-high six steals, three coming in the first half.
- Four different Bonnies recorded one block: Little, Gabby Richmond, Healy and Ruff.
- The Bonnies forced 21 Edinboro turnovers, 14 of which came in the first half.
- Edinboro's Lauren Hippo (25 points) and Lauren Lindsay (18 points) were today's game-high point leaders.
- The Fighting Scots' All-American player Valerie Majewski sat out today's game.
Quotes From Coach Crowley:
"I thought this was exactly what we need, right now. For some reason we struggle when things are not going our way and we had that in the second half. Some of that was us and some of that was Edinboro. It was really good for us to rally together and lock in and get the ball where it need to go and make the plays we needed to make so from that aspect I thought it was really good and I hope our kids saw what we could be defensively ."
"In the first half, it is really hard to be that good defensively the whole game and you need to work hard every day. It is something we want to keep going at. We have to clean up our offense and that is to be expected, but I saw a lot of things I liked, and saw a lot of things that were real close to being what I liked; we just have to get better at it."
St. Bonaventure will be back in action on home court on Friday, November 14 to take on Big 4 rival, Canisius Golden Griffins. The Bonnies have won 21 straight games against Big 4 teams.