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@BonniesWBB Downs Niagara On Saturday, 72-60

@BonniesWBB Downs Niagara On Saturday, 72-60

Gallagher Center – Niagara University, N.Y.

Box Score (PDF) | Final Stats and Play-by-Play

Starters: #2 G Mariah Ruff, #11 F Hannah Little, #14 F Gabby Richmond, #21 G Nyla Rueter, #42 F Katie Healy

The Short Story:
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team (9-3) defeated the Niagara Purple Eagles (5-4) on Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Gallagher Center on the campus of Niagara University by a score of 72-60.

St. Bonaventure jumped out to an early 15-3 run, but that would be the largest it would hold all day. Niagara kept with SBU by way of the three-point ball. The Purple Eagles would shoot 6-11 from behind the arc in the first half and then 4-8 in the second half. Despite keeping the game within reach, St. Bonaventure would never trail in the game. The Bonnies closed out the game by knocking down 12 of 14 free-throw shots.

The junior forward, Katie Healy, who was in the hunt for her 1,000 career point, paced the Bonnies with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. This was Healy's third double-double of the season.

Both, Val McQuade and Meghan McGuinness scored 15 points for the Purple Eagles. McGuinness went 4-6 from behind the arc and McQuade was 3-5.

This is the Bonnies eighth-straight victory over Niagara.

How It Happened:
  • St. Bonaventure started the game off strong by scoring the first nine points of the game. The Bonnies would begin the game on a 15-3 run.
  • St. Bona was finding its touch from outside in the first as both Rueter and Ruff hit down three-pointers in the Bonnies' first 15 points.
  • After a timeout called by the Niagara coach, the Purple Eagles woke up and recorded two blocks, which resulted in two three-point field goals.
  • Niagara's first five made field goals were all three-pointers.
  • After the Bonnies being up 12, Niagara would end up tying the game at 17-all at the 8:40 mark in the first half.
  • The Brown and White would go on a 12-2 run to break away from Niagara.
  • Niagara would find a way to hang around and bring the Bonnies' lead to just five at halftime.
  • St. Bonaventure stumbled out of the halftime break, shooting just 2-13 to begin the second half.
  • At the 10:03 mark of the second half, Bonaventure and Niagara would be tied at 43-all.
  • The Bonnies found a spark off the bench in Ashley Zahn, who hit a corner three at the 7:37 mark to put the Brown and White up six.
  • With the lead at six points for St. Bonaventure and under four minutes left in the game, Katie Healy would foul out.  
  • Despite their leading scorer being taken out of the game, the Bonnies didn't miss a beat as they continued to hold on to their lead.
  • St. Bonaventure closed out the game going 12-14 from the charity stripe.
Beyond The Box Score:
  • With Healy's 18 points in today's game, she is now just two points shy of the 1,000 career point mark. She will become the 20th member of the 1,000 point club.
  • Mariah Ruff started her second-straight game. Ruff had eight points and three assists.
  • Ashley Zahn set a new season high with 12 points. Zahn knocked down four three-point shots.
  • Gabby Richmond brought down a career high 12 rebounds. Richmond also notched four points on the day.
  • The last time the Bonnies scored 70+ points in back-to-back games was last season against Saint Joseph's and UMass.
  • St. Bonaventure outshot the Purple Eagles, 39.2% to 28.3%. Niagara held the edge in the three-point department going, 10-19, while SBU shot 8-16.
  • Three different members of the Bonnies scored 10+ points: Katie Healy (18), Ashley Zahn (16) and Nyla Rueter (14).
Up Next: The Bonnies wrap up their non-conference schedule with a trip to the nation's capital to face off against Georgetown on Monday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m.