Location: McDonough Arena – Washington, D.C.
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 (10-3) held off the Georgetown Hoyas (2-10) on Monday, Dec. 22 in the nation's capital, by a score of 70-64.
It was a tightly contested throughout the game, but St. Bonaventure never gave up fighting and earned the six-point victory. The win gives the Bonnies' 10 wins to end non-conference play. Since the 2006-07 season, St. Bonaventure has finished with 10+ wins to finish non-conference, eight out of nine times.
At the 15:23 mark of the first half, junior forward Katie Healy, who entered the game just two points shy of 1,000 career points, went to the free-throw line for her chance at the milestone. Healy took a deep breath and was able to sink both of her free-throw shots. Healy became just the 20th member of the 1,000 point club in women's basketball history at Bonaventure and the ninth player to register at least 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
The Bonnies were led offensively by junior guard Nyla Rueter, who set a career high six made three-point field goals on her way to 21 points. Rueter also was tied for a team-high six rebounds with Little and Ruff.
Freshmen Mariah Ruff and Miranda Drummond were keys to the Brown and White's success on Monday as they combined for 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Ruff went a perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe, while Drummond shot 4-7 from the field.
How It Happened:
- Georgetown came out strong out of the game, beginning the game on a 10-2 run.
- At the 15:23 mark, Katie Healy sank two free-throws to give her 1,000 career points.
- After Healy made the Georgetown lead 10-4, St. Bonaventure went on a 7-2 run to bring the game within one point.
- The game would remain close at the under eight media timeout as the Hoyas led 15-13.
- With 4:33 left in the first half, Georgetown held its largest lead of the game at eight points. Its lead was built by being able to bring down offensive rebounds. At the end of the half they had 11 offensive rebounds, which resulted in 14 second chance points.
- The Brown and White erased the eight point lead off the shooting touch of Nyla Rueter. Rueter brought the team within one point at the 1:09 mark after hitting three-straight three-pointers.
- Imani Outlaw drove the ball and converted on a contested lay-up to give the Bonnies the lead with less than 35 seconds.
- Georgetown closed the half with a lay-up with 13 seconds left on the clock. After scoring the basket, Brittany Horne of the Hoyas stole the ball on the pass and scored again off a lay-up. The Hoyas entered the half with a 31-28 lead.
- Rueter continued were she left off in the first half as she knocked down two-straight three-pointers to begin the second half.
- At the first media timeout of the second half, St. Bonaventure held an one point advantage over the Hoyas, 38-37.
- Coming out of the media timeout, SBU went on a six-point run to push its lead to seven.
- After trading baskets till the score was 50-46 in favor of the Brown White, Georgetown went on a 7-0 run, that resulted in a Coach Crowley timeout.
- Once Healy went one-for-two from the line to bring the game to just a two-point deficit, Ashley Zahn drove towards the basket for the lay-up. The basket tied the game at 53-all.
- Georgetown quickly countered hitting down a corner three-point shot, but Nyla Rueter wasn't done from outside as she knocked down her sixth three-point field and tied the game at 56-all.
- At the 6:26 mark, Jasmine Swango hit another three-pointer to put Georgetown back up by three.
- With 5:48 left in the game, Georgetown held a five-point advantage, but the Bonnies fought back and tied the game at 61-all with three minutes left in the half.
- In the final three minutes, St. Bonaventure closed the game out by going on a 9-3 run. The Bonnies scored seven of their final nine points off of free-throws.
- Georgetown held the lead for 25:35 minutes, while St. Bonaventure controlled the lead for 11:50 minutes.
- Eight of nine players for the Bonnies scored four or more points.
- Every Bona player recorded a rebound in today's game.
- This is the third straight game the Bonnies have scored 70 points or more.
- This is just the seventh victory in Bonaventure history against current Big East opponents. Four of those victories came against Xavier, who was in the Atlantic 10.
Up Next: St. Bonaventure will return to action on Saturday, January 3rd as they open up Atlantic 10 play at home against UMass.