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Rueter’s 19-Point Performance Leads @BonniesWBB Over Colgate, 65-49

Rueter’s 19-Point Performance Leads @BonniesWBB Over Colgate, 65-49


 Reilly Center – St. Bonaventure, N.Y.

SBU Starters: #11 Hannah Little, #14 Gabby Richmond, #21 Nyla Rueter, #33 Emily Michael, #42 Katie Healy

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The Short Story:
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team (5-2) won a hard-fought game, 65-49, against the Colgate Raiders (0-6) on Tuesday, December 2 at the Reilly Center. The Bonnies have extended their winning streak to four-games and now sit at 5-2 overall.

It was a seesaw battle in the first half as the Bonnies would go on a run and the Raiders answered right back. The ballgame would be tied at the half, 30-all. After being tied at the break, SBU outscored Colgate 35-19 in the second half.

St. Bonaventure was powered by junior Nyla Rueter, who had a season-high 19 points. Katie Healy and Hannah Little each had 12 points too. 

How It Happened:

  • Coming out of the first media timeout with the score at 9-7 in favor of the Bonnies, St. Bonaventure went on a nine-point run. The run included a three-pointer by Emily Michael and lay-ups from Healy and Rueter.
  • Three of the Brown and White's first four shots made were three-point field goals. Rueter had two.
  • At the 10:02 mark, St. Bonaventure held its largest lead of the half at 10-points.
  • Colgate quickly closed the gap on the Bonnies' 10-point lead as they went on an 8-0 run to bring the game within two.
  • The Raiders brought the game back to even at the 1:48 mark at 28 points, apiece.
  • A technical foul called on Randyll Butler with just a little more than a minute left in the half gave the Bonnies a 30-28 lead.
  • Colgate capped off its half with an offensive rebound and a put-back to tie the game at 30-all.
  • After being tied at halftime, St. Bonaventure opened the second half on a six-point run.
  • Colgate would tie the game for the fourth time off of two straight three-point field goals.
  • The game went back and forth until the seven-minute mark when SBU started to pull away off three three-point shots from Ashely Zahn and Mariah Ruff.  
  • St. Bonaventure closed out the game on a 13-6 run, which consisted of a buzzer-beating shot clock violation three-point shot. 

Beyond The Box Score:

  • With today's win, St. Bonaventure has won 13 straight at the Reilly Center.
  • SBU and Colgate snagged 35 boards apiece.
  • The Bonnies had eight first-half turnovers, but finished the game with just 11.
  • SBU forced six Colgate turnovers in each half.
  • Colgate shot 43.8% in the first half, the highest percentage any of the Bonnies' previous six opponents have shot in the first half all season. However, SBU held the Raiders to 25% from the field in the second half.
  • The Bonnies have now scored at least 10 points off turnovers for the fourth time this season.
  • The Bonnies assisted 16 of their 23 field goals. Their 16 total assists are a new season high.
  • Five different Bonnies made a three pointer (Rueter, 3; Ruff, 2; Michael, Zahn and Outlaw, 1).
  • St. Bona made a season-high eight three-pointers, five coming in the second half.
  • SBU have scored at least 20 points in the paint every game this season.
  • The Bonnies have scored at least 20 points off turnovers for the second straight game.
  • Ashley Zahn played a season-high 20 minutes.
  • With her 4-4 performance at the line, Rueter remains perfect from the free-throw line this season.
Quotes from St. Bonaventure coach Crowley:

"It was a tale of two halves; I thought we started the game pretty well and then it just didn't stay with the same aggressiveness. Some of that was on us but give a lot of credit to Colgate; I thought they played really hard. They ran their stuff and put pressure on us, when Katie went out with the foul trouble we really kind of stalled offensively and we didn't keep the same level of defense we needed to and gave them a lot of lay-ups."

"I thought in the second half we really locked in; we gave up those two threes early then there was a stretch where they only had one basket till they got the two late ones."

"I was really pleased with the way we took care of the ball on the second half, we just had eight turnovers at the half so to only have three in the second half and to get the number of assists we had their certainly was some real positives there.

Up Next:
The Bonnies hit the road once again as they travel to Providence, R.I. for the Brown University Classic. The Brown and White will play Drexel in their first game and then play either Sacred Heart or Brown. First tip is set for 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6.