Location: Brown University – Providence, R.I.
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Bonnies Starters: #11 Hannah Little, #14 Gabby Richmond, #21 Nyla Rueter, #33 Emily Michael, #42 Katie Healy
The Short Story:
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team (7-2) downed the Brown Bears (2-7) on Sunday, Dec. 7 in the final of the Brown University Classic in Providence, R.I. After only having four points in the first half, Nyla Rueter led all players with 15 points. Hannah Little, who was named tournament MVP on Sunday, had 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.
The Brown and White began the game sluggish as they were unable to keep control of the ball and struggled to score throughout the first half. St. Bonaventure's freshman forward from Binghamton, N.Y., Miranda Drummond rose to the occasion as she tallied nine first-half points and five rebounds. Drummond went on to finish the game with a career-high 14 points.
After shooting just 9-29 (31.0%) from the field in the first half, SBU gained its composure and became wiser with its shot selection and shot 10-22 (45.5%). The Bonnies also were able to knock down threes, which they were unable to do in the first half. The squad closed out the game hitting four of five free-throw shots.
The Tournament MVP, Hannah Little had 21 points and 17 rebounds in the two games over the weekend, while Nyla Rueter, who was named to the All-Tournament team, notched 21 points and five steals.
The Bonnies are currently on a six-game winning streak, which ties their longest streak of last season.
- It was a slow start for both teams as they were tied at three points, apiece at the first media timeout. All three points for the Bonnies would come from the charity stripe.
- St. Bonaventure's offense would be hindered in the first half as Katie Healy picked up two quick fouls and sat for the rest of the half. She only played 10 minutes and scored three points.
- The Bonnies received a huge lift from Miranda Drummond as she scored nine points in just nine minutes of play.
- With 10:53 seconds left in the game, Brown pushed to its largest lead of seven.
- At the 7:23 minute mark, Drummond collected the miss free-throw shot by Brown and went right back towards the hoop and earned the foul, but not before she got the lay-up. Drummond drained her free-throw that brought the Bonnies within two.
- Brown knocked down five of its nine shots from behind the arch in the first half, while SBU went 0-6.
- St. Bonaventure came out of halftime shooting and went on a 7-0 run to begin the half.
- After bringing the game back to a tied ballgame, St. Bonaventure never let Brown to take the lead for the rest of the game. Despite, not allowing the bears to regain the lead, St. Bona was unable to break away as their largest lead would be just five points.
- With 28 seconds left in the game, Nyla Rueter made a drive into the paint and got the lay-up and the foul, making the game 54-51.
- Rueter was clutch when needed as she knocked down three-straight free-throws.
- Sophie Bikofsky brought the Bears within one with just eight seconds left off a three-point field goal.
- With less than eight seconds, SBU inbounded the ball to Gabby Richmond, who was fouled. Richmond went 1-2 from the line to give the Bonnies a two-point lead.
- A last second heave by Brown was unsuccessful as St. Bonaventure picked up their sixth straight victory.
- Miranda Drummond set multiple career-highs on Sunday evening. Drummond had 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals in just 15 minutes of play.
- St. Bonaventure recorded a total of 10 blocks, which is the highest of its season. Hannah Little led the team with four blocks, while Katie Healy had three and Gabby Richmond had two. Mariah Ruff added one as well.
- Hannah Little's 13 points was a season-high.
- Nyla Rueter knocked down five-of-five free throw shots on the day. Rueter is now 23-23 from the line.
- The 12 offensive rebounds by the Bonnies is tied for most this season. They had 12 against Colgate.
The Bonnies will take a week off for finals before they return to the court as they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bulls on Monday, December 15 at 7 p.m.