Location: Reilly Center – St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
St. Bonaventure Starters: #33 G Emily Michael, #21 G Nyla Rueter, #11 F Hannah Little, #42 F Katie Healy, #14 F Gabby Richmond
The Short Story: Junior forward Katie Healy scored 22 points and redshirt sophomore forward Gabby Richmond had 18 to lead St. Bonaventure to a 72-54 win over Binghamton (1-5) on Sunday at the Reilly Center. The Bonnies won their third in a row to improve to 4-2.
It was a close game midway through the opening half before the Bonnies took control with an 11-2 to open a 29-22 lead. St. Bonaventure expanded the lead to 35-24 by halftime, then opened the second half with a 10-2 run.
St. Bonaventure, which improved to 2-0 at home this season, spent most of the day scoring inside. The Bonnies had 42 points in the paint. Hannah Little, another junior forward, had a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. Little added a career-high six steals.
How It Happened:
- Healy sparked the Bonnies early; her three-point play put Bona ahead 8-7, then two more free throws by Healy extended the lead to 10-7.
- Binghamton took a 17-16 lead on a three-pointer by Jasmine Sina at the 8:35 mark
- Bonnies answered with back-to-back scores inside by Gabby Richmond to go ahead 20-17.
- Sina knocked down another three to tie the game at 20 with 6:59 left in the half.
- The Bearcats kept the game close in the first half with three-point shooting, connecting on four of their first eight shots from long range.
- The Bonnies then started to pull away; Kelcie Rombach's lean-in shot capped an 11-2 run that gave the Bonnies a 29-22 lead with 3:05 to go in the first half.
- Healy drove and scored just before the first half horn to give St. Bonaventure a 35-24 lead at the break. Healy had 11 points and four assists in the first half.
- The Bonnies carried their momentum into the second half, scoring 10 of the first 12 points of the frame to extend their lead to 45-26.
- St. Bonaventure continued to build their lead, moving it as large as 20 points with 7:07 remaining. The Bearcats did not threaten the remainder of the day.
- The Bonnies took advantage of Binghamton's lack of depth and size. In addition to their 42 points in the paint, the Bonnies also scored 24 points off 18 Binghamton turnovers.
Beyond the Box Score:
- St. Bonaventure has never lost to Binghamton in nine meetings.
- The Bonnies improved their home winning streak to 12 games.
- Bona's 72 points are a season high.
- Healy has now scored 20 points or more 15 times in her career. Sunday was her second 20-point game this season.
- Freshman forward Matea Britvar made the first three-pointer of her young career.
- All 12 Bonnies players were in the game for at least two minutes.
Quotes from St. Bonaventure coach Jim Crowley:
"I thought we did a really good job keeping care of the ball with only nine turnovers. I thought we got the ball were we wanted to get it and good finishes in the paint. I thought defensively our ball pressure was really good and Emily did a fantastic job setting the tone."
"It was good to see us take care of business. It was good to see us put two halves together and now we have a quick turnaround for a good Colgate team on Tuesday."
On the three-straight wins …
"I think we are playing harder, and I think the players understand that and the players are focusing on that and that's what we want to keep."
Up Next: The Bonnies will remain at home to host Colgate on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m.