Location: Reilly Center – St. Bonaventure, 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 (11-3, 1-0) opened up its Atlantic 10 season with a victory over the UMass Minutewoman (6-7, 0-1) on Saturday, Jan.3, by a score of 65-43.
The Brown and White were paced by Katie Healy and Hannah Little, who both set a season-high with 25 points and 19 points, respectively. Healy's 25 points would tie her fifth-best scoring performance in her career. Healy also recorded nine rebounds and five assists. Little posted just her second double-double of the season as she brought down 10 rebounds with her 19 points. Little went a perfect 11-11 from the charity stripe in the game.
St. Bonaventure does what it does best and closes out the game in the final four minutes. The Bonnies would outscore the Minutewoman, 14-8 after the final media timeout. The largest lead held by the Bonnies was 10 points, but was cut to just four points at the 5:15 mark.
In her fourth-straight start, Mariah Ruff helped lead the Bonnies by scoring 10 points and bringing down a season-high seven rebounds. Ruff also dished out four assists in the contests.
Saturday's win is the sixth win out of seven attempts where St. Bonaventure has won its Atlantic 10 home opener.
- It was a slow start for the Brown and White to begin the New Year, but thanks to their ability to get to the line and convert from the stripe, St. Bonaventure was able to stick with UMass at the beginning.
- At the 14:09 mark in the first half, UMass held a 10-4 lead.
- To tie the ballgame up at 18-all, Mariah Ruff laid the ball off to Gabby Richmond under the basket off a sweet dish for the easy lay-up.
- After having the game tied at 18-all, St. Bonaventure went on a 12-5 run to finish the half for the seven-point lead.
- A part of the 12-point run by the Bonnies, Mariah Ruff knocked down the only three-pointer of the game for SBU.
- Kim Pierre-Louis, who was the No. 3 scorer entering the game, had four fouls within the first four minutes of the second half.
- UMass would not allow the Bonnies to pull away as they brought the game to within one point at 7:57 mark of the second half.
- Once being only up one, St. Bonaventure started to pull away off their stellar free-throw shooting. SBU knocked down 11 shots from the charity stripe in the final four minutes.
Beyond The Box Score:
- Katie Healy's 25 points is a season-high and tied for her fifth-best scoring performance of her career. This is the 10th game that the junior forward has scored in double figures and just her fourth game this year of 20+ points in a game.
- Little recorded her second double-double of the season and also had a season-high 19 points in today's victory.
- Ashley Zahn tied career-highs in rebounds (6) and minutes (32) on Saturday.
- UMass had foul troubles throughout the ballgame, which caused three of its players to foul out.
- St. Bonaventure held the No. 3 scorer in the Atlantic 10, Kim Pierre-Louis, to just seven points. Pierre-Louis had 33 points in her previous game.
"UMass has some good talent. They really did some things to take advantage of match-ups pretty well, but I thought we really finished the game well, which is what we want to do. Obviously you would like to play well the whole game but you want to finish your halves well and I thought we did that starting with our defense and then did a really solid job executing offensively and putting in free throws in at the end."
"They are really competitive and have some really good players. We did a great job on No. 4 today, she had 33 in her last game, and she is a really good player. It is the first game of the conference season, so everybody is at a high level, there is no disappointment yet. We knew they would come at us and we knew they would keep coming at us; they have done a really good job all year of competing."
The Bonnies will hit the road for their first Atlantic 10 road trip of the season to Richmond (8-4). The Spiders open up their Atlantic 10 season with a trip to Fordham on Sunday, Jan. 4.