Location: Fairfax, Va. | Patriot Center
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St. Bonaventure Starters: #2 G Mariah Ruff, #12 G Ashley Zahn, #21 G Nyla Rueter, #33 G Emily Michael, #42 F Katie Healy
How It Happened:
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team (11-6, 1-3) fell to the George Mason Patriots (11-6, 3-1) in overtime on Wednesday Jan. 14 at the Patriot Center by a score of 68-55.
The game itself came down to just one shot for George Mason. With 7.5 seconds left on the clock the Patriots would inbound the ball to Taylor Brown, who brought the ball up the court. As the clock ticked down to the buzzer, Brown took the ball to the right side and heaved up a circus shot that went through the net as the buzzer was sounding off to send the game into overtime.
With the game going into overtime, it would take all the momentum that St. Bonaventure had prior to being up by nine with 3:30 left in the second half. St. Bonaventure would only be able to convert on one-of-eight shots in the final five minutes. George Mason would outscore the Brown and White by 15-2 in the overtime period.
After St. Bonaventure held the Patriots to shooting just 8-27 (29.6%) from the field and 1-7 (14.3%) from outside in the first half, Mason came out firing in the second, knocking down over 40% percent of its shots and 50% from beyond the arc.
The junior guard, Nyla Rueter, led the Bonnies with 15 points and nine rebounds in the heartbreaking loss. Rueter went 5-12 from the field, while shooting 2-9 from outside. The other junior, Katie Healy, added 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists on the night.
Tonight's game was the third straight loss for the Bonnies and third time in a row where the opposing team outshot them.
- This was the first overtime game that St. Bonaventure would play in on the season. Last season, SBU played in just one OT game.
- Junior forward Hannah Little sat out of the whole game due to a violation of team rules.
- Nyla Rueter set a career high in rebounds tonight with nine. Rueter's previous high was eight, which happened twice.
- With Gabby Richmond's nine points tonight, she now has over 350 career points.
- Ashley Zahn made her first start since Feb. 7, 2013 at Duquesne. Zahn sat out last season as she recovered from a shoulder injury.
The Bonnies return home in hopes of ending its three-game skid as they welcome the Dayton Flyers. This will be game two of a doubleheader with the men's basketball team at the Reilly Center. Both games will be aired nationally on NBC Sports Network.