Location: Richmond, Va. | Robins Center
St. Bonaventure 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 (11-4, 1-1) stumbled against the Richmond Spiders (9-5, 1-1) on Wednesday at the Robins Center in Richmond, Va., by a score of 67-61.
The Spiders were able to do only a few teams have been to do all season against the Bonnies and that is to shoot over 40%. Entering Wednesday's game, St. Bonaventure was holding opponents to 34.2% from the field, but Richmond found a hole and exploited it and shot 25-53 (43.4%). The Spiders also shot 8-19 (42.1%) from beyond the arc and knocked down all but one shot from the charity stripe, going 13-14 (92.9%).
The same could not be said for St. Bonaventure as the team struggled offensively and defensively early, which created a hole that was just too deep. After shooting 9-30 (30%) from the field in the first and allowing Richmond to shoot 13-26 (50%), St. Bonaventure began to clamp down on defense in the second half. The team also started to begin to shoot the ball well, which came with results for the Brown and White as they brought the deficit to four points and the 9:54 mark in the second half. Richmond would quickly respond and push the lead back to double-digits. The game would hover around a six to 12 point lead for final nine minutes for Richmond.
Despite the loss, freshmen Miranda Drummond and Mariah Ruff shinned as they would lead the team in points with 17 and 14 points, respectively. Drummond went 7-13 from the field and knocked down all three of her attempts at the free throw line. Drummond also recorded two steals on the night. Ruff had her third straight game where she recorded double-digits in the points department. Ruff shot 4-11 from the field, knocking down 2-6 from outside the arc. The freshman from Oneonta, N.Y. also made four of six shots from the line. Both Drummond and Ruff had four rebounds, which ties a team-high with two other players.
St. Bonaventure's lone graduate student, Ashely Zahn, had a strong performance off the bench. Zahn contributed 13 points and three rebounds in the losing effort. Zahn went a perfect 6-6 from the line.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak that the Brown and White were on since Dec. 17.
How It Happened:
- The Richmond Spiders came out shooting to begin the game as they opened the game on a 12-2 run. The Spiders were 4-6 from the field and 2-2 from the line.
- St. Bonaventure's defense continued to struggle through the next four minutes as Richmond held its lead to 10 points.
- Drummond would shine as she came off the bench for the Brown and White. She would score the next seven points for the Bonnies.
- Ruff found her outside touch with 9:45 left in the half as she knocked down a three-point field goal to bring the game within six points. Ruff would finish the half with two three-pointers.
- Just three minutes later, Richmond had 12 point lead off lay-ups and free throws.
- At the 2:38 mark of the first half, Janelle Hubbard pushed the Spiders lead to their largest of the half at 14.
- At the end of the half, St. Bonaventure was shooting 30%, while Richmond held a shooting percentage of 50%. Richmond dominated the half inside the paint as they scored 20 of its 33 points from inside.
- The Bonnies and Spiders would trade baskets coming out of the half.
- Richmond started to pull away as it would push its lead to 18 points at the 13:38 mark.
- After Zahn knocked down her first three-pointer at the 13:12 mark of the second to bring the deficit to 15, St. Bonaventure started on its largest run of the game.
- Through the 13:12 mark till 9:54, SBU would go on a 14-0 run to bring the game within four points.
- The Spiders quickly responded as they would hold a 10 point lead just two minutes later. Richmond knocked down two three-point field goals in the span.
- St. Bonaventure wasn't going to go away quietly as it pulled the game back within two possessions at the 2:38 mark as the score was 55-49.
- Richmond once again responded and eventually closed out the game for the 67-61 result.
Beyond The Box Score:
- This is third game where the Bonnies have allowed the opposing team to shoot better than 40% from the field. The other two times came against Binghamton (40.8%) and James Madison (41.9%).
- Janelle Hubbard of Richmond became the first player to score more than 20 points against the Bonnies in a single game all season. Hubbard had 24 points and knocked down four of seven three-point shots.
- St. Bonaventure would never hold the lead. Richmond held the lead for 38:36, while the game was tied for 67 seconds.
- Miranda Drummond's 17 points set a new career-high for her. Her previous high was 14 at Brown.
- The Brown and White's 30 bench points was a season-high for the squad.
St. Bonaventure returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 11 as they take on the reigning Atlantic 10 champion Fordham Rams at the Reilly Center at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.