Location: Reilly Center – St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
St. Bonaventure Starters: #2 G Mariah Ruff #21 G Nyla Rueter, #11 F Hannah Little, #42 F Katie Healy, #14 F Gabby Richmond
The Short Story:
Freshman Mariah Ruff scored a career high 17 points and Katie Healy had 16 – all in the second half – to lead St. Bonaventure to a 78-60 win over UNC-Greensboro on Wednesday at the Reilly Center.
After a scoreless first half in which she ran into foul trouble, Healy, who is the Bonnies' leading scorer at 13.6 points per game, provided the spark St. Bonaventure needed. The Bonnies led 38-34 at halftime and it was still a four-point lead when St. Bonaventure went on a 12-0 run to pull away, opening a 65-49 lead with 4:54 remaining. Healy had eight points early in the second half and added four more in the 12-0 run.
Ruff helped the Bonnies overcome Healy's scoreless first half, scoring 12 of her 17 points in the opening 20 minutes. She went 3-6 from three-point range in the game and added three assists and six rebounds. Her backcourt mate, Nyla Rueter, also keyed the win with 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots. Sophomore guard Imani Outlaw came off the bench to score a career high 11 points.
St. Bonaventure remained unbeaten at home this season, now at 4-0.
How It Happened:
- The Bonnies jumped out to an 8-0 lead just three minutes into the game, forcing a UNCG timeout. Hannah Little scored the Bonnies' first three field goals.
- Mariah Ruff, making her first career start, sparked the Bonnies early with a drive for a layup and then a three-pointer that gave St. Bonaventure an 11-5 lead.
- UNCG rallied, using a 14-3 run to take a 14-11 lead. The Spartans made three of their first four three-point shots.
- Ashley Zahn converted a traditional three-point play that tied the game at 14.
- The game remained close the rest of the first half until the Bonnies surged with a 7-0 run to take a 36-29 lead with 2:00 left until the break. Nyla Rueter had back-to-back fastbreak scores in the run.
- St. Bonaventure led 38-34 at halftime; the Bonnies had this edge despite playing most of the half without Healy, who picked up her second foul midway through the half.
- Ruff scored 12 points in the opening 20 minutes – four better than her previous career high.
- Both teams shot well in the first half – the Bonnies converted 51 percent of their shots while UNCG shot 45 percent.
- Healy scored her first point of the game on a free throw at the 17:12 mark of the second half.
- Healy drove and scored to give St. Bonaventure a 51-45 lead with 14:22 left.
- UNCG played a full court press most of the second half that gave St. Bonaventure troubles; the Bonnies committed 14 of their 22 turnovers in the second half.
- The Spartans cut the lead down to four at 53-49 with 13:11 to go.
- It was a 54-49 game when Healy scored inside. Outlaw then slashed for layup that made it 58-49, and Healy swished a jumper at 10:07. Outlaw scored on a jumper of her own at 6:48 to put the Bonnies head 63-49, and then single free throws by Kelcie Rombach and Outlaw capped a 12-0 run for St. Bonaventure.
- Outlaw's free throw with 4:54 left gave the Bonnies their largest lead of the game at 65-49.
- From there, UNCG never came closer than 10 points.
- St. Bonaventure's 78 points were a new season high, as was its 57 percent shooting from the field (28-49).
- The Bonnies had 14 assists on their 28 field goals, led by Emily Michael with four and Healy, Rueter and Ruff with three each.
- The Bonnies out-rebounded UNCG 41-32.
Beyond the Box Score:
- St. Bonaventure, 4-0 at home this season, has now won 13 consecutive games at the Reilly Center dating to December of last season.
- Katie Healy's eight rebounds vs. UNCG gave her exactly 500 for her career. She is the 18th player in school history to reach that milestone.
- Healy is now 20 points shy of 1,000 for her career.
- Everyone who appeared in Wednesday's game registered a point.
- In the second half, Nyla Rueter missed her first free throw of the year; she had made her first 26 shots at the line this season.
- Freshman forward Miranda Drummond had seven points and three rebounds in 13 minutes off the bench.
- Freshman forward Matea Britvar did not dress due to an upper body injury.
Quotes From Coach Crowley:
"I was really pleased with our defensive effort in the second half. I'm not sure what the score was on our side, but I know we kept them at 49 for a long time. While some things were frenetic and while we didn't take care of the ball and miss some free throws, we still shot 67% in the second half. When we did get shots we were very efficient"
"If we can score 78 points and turn it over 22 times, what can we do when we actually take care of the ball, and that's an exciting thing."
"We're 8-3 and I don't think any of us think we've played at all to the level that we can, individually or collectively. So as a coach that's a good thing and as a player hopefully they're hungry enough to keep doing that."
Nyla on Mariah's Play:
"I noticed that she was really confident with her shot and it helped because she scored 17 points. She really brought the offensive aspect that we didn't have at Buffalo and with that it built the teams' confidence"
Up Next: The Bonnies will visit Big 4 rival Niagara this Saturday, Dec. 20. Tip-off will be at 1:00 at the Gallagher Center.