Location: Bryce Jordan Arena – University Park, Pa.
#11 Hannah Little, #14 Gabby Richmond, #21 Nyla Rueter, #33 Emily Michael & #42 Katie Healy
The Short Story:
With just 18 seconds left on the clock, St. Bonaventure gained control of the basketball as the game was tied 52-all. The Bonnies walked it up the court and decided to go for the game-winner as they let the clock tick down. Nyla Rueter, who was at the top of the key, faced a one-on-one and beat the defender and knocked down the game-winning lay-up. Penn State had a chance with 1.4 seconds on the clock, but a last second heave from past mid-court was unsuccessful, which gave the Bonnies their first victory against Penn State in program history.
Down the stretch, Penn State held a nine-point advantage over the Bonnies with less than eight minutes to go. St. Bonaventure stood its ground and played stellar defense and held the Lady Lions to just five points in the final eight, while SBU tallied 16 points.
Emily Michael, who has been the unsung hero for coach Crowley's squad, was huge on both sides of the ball. Michael went 4-5 from the field and 3-4 from beyond the arc as she recorded 11 total points. Not only did she score, but she controlled the tempo throughout the game and held their starting guards to five points in the second half.
Entering tonight's game the Bonnies were 0-10 all-time against the Lady Lions.
How It Happened:
- Within the first four minutes of the game, St. Bonaventure forced four fouls on Penn State.
- Emily Michael and Nyla Rueter paced the Bonnies in the first, knocking down four-of-five shots from three-point range.
- From the eight-minute mark to the middle of the third minute of the first half, St. Bona was unable to find the basket.
- St. Bonaventure forced 13 fouls on the Lady Lions in the first half, which resulted in 13 attempts from the free-throw line and converted seven.
- To finish the first-half, Rueter dribbled the ball up just pass the half-court line and pulled up for a deep three-point field goal, which banked off the glass to put the Bonnies down by one at the half.
- At the 11:47 mark, Emily Michael drilled a three-point shot to put the Brown and White up two.
- After the Michael three, Penn State went on a 12-1 run.
- Down 52-50 at the 1:48 mark, Hannah Little pulled up and drilled the shot from the corner.
- Penn State had its chance to put them ahead with just seconds left but the SBU defense caused a turnover and gave the Brown and White the ball with 18 seconds left.
- With the game in her hand, Nyla Rueter made a veteran move and got past her defender for the contested lay-up that put the Bonnies up two with less than 1.4 seconds left.
- Free throws played a huge part in the Bonnies' success on Tuesday night as the Bonnies shot 7-9 in the second-half, while Penn State shot just 6-10.
Beyond The Box Score:
- Matea Britvar shattered her previous game-high three minutes by recording 18 tonight. Britvar was on the court in the final possession for the Bonnies.
- Katie Healy notched her first double-double of the season and the first double-double for the Brown and White in the 2014-15 campaign.
- Gabby Richmond added eight points and six rebounds.
- SBU dominated the boards, 41-34. Only three members of the Lady Lions are under six-foot, while St. Bonaventure only has six girls taller than six-foot.
- The Bonnies shot 18-51 (35.3%) from the field and 6-16 (37.5%) from beyond the arc.
- All nine players that appeared for St. Bonaventure registered a rebound.
St. Bonaventure returns home for a match-up against the Binghamton Bearcats on Sunday, November 30. The Bearcats are 1-2 on the season with their lone win against Delaware St.