Location: St. Bonaventure, N.Y. | Reilly Center
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St. Bonaventure Starters: #2 G Mariah Ruff, #11 F Hannah Little, #21 G Nyla Rueter, #33 G Emily Michael, #42 F Katie Healy
The Short Story:
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team (11-7, 1-4) dropped its fourth straight in Atlantic 10 play on Sunday against the Dayton Flyers (12-4, 3-1), by a score of 86-70.
Andrea Hoover and the Flyers' offense would be too much for the Bonnies on Sunday as Hoover notched 25 points, which would be tied with Taylor Brown of George Mason with the most points allowed by the Brown and White's defense this season. As a team the Dayton Flyers would shoot 28-68 (41.2%) throughout the game and knocked down five of 14 shots from outside. The Flyers also went nearly lights out from the line as they went 25-26 (96.2%).
Despite the loss, St. Bonaventure would have five different players score over 10 points in a single game for the first time since the 2011-12 season. Redshirt sophomore Gabby Richmond led the team with 13, while Little, Healy and Ruff each had 12 and Miranda Drummond had 10. Richmond also added three steals, which tied a career high.
With her six rebounds on the day, Hannah Little reached the 500 career rebound mark. Little becomes the 19th member of the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team history to record 500 rebounds in a career.
This is the first time since 2005-06 that the Bonnies have begun Atlantic 10 conference play with a record of 1-4 in their first five games.
How It Happened:
- The two teams went scoreless for the first three minutes of play, but Andrea Hoover broke the silence from the line to give Dayton an early 2-0 lead.
- Three Bonnies were called for traveling violations before they scored their first points at the 15:33 mark on a Miranda Drummond layup.
- Hoover hit a three pointer with 14:38 left in the half to bring the score to 9-2. She scored all nine of the points.
- Gabby Richmond hit a layup with 13 minutes left to make it an 11-6 game.
- Richmond and Healy scored on consecutive possessions to make it a 13-10 Dayton lead at the 12:01 mark.
- Healy connected on a jump shot on the next possession, decreasing Dayton's lead to one in a 13-12 game.
- Freshman Matea Britvar fouled Hoover on a made three-point shot. She converted the four-point play and Dayton took a 23-14 lead with 8:23 left in the first half.
- A Dayton steal and transition layup made the score 27-16 with 7:09 left.
- Coach Jim Crowley received a technical foul. Dayton made the free throws for a 29-16 game with just over four minutes remaining.
- Hannah Little was fouled on a made layup, making it a 31-18 score at the 3:57 mark.
- Dayton broke out on a 9-2 run in the final minutes of the half and took a 42-24 lead into the half. Hoover had 21 first-half points.
- The Flyers outscored the Bonnies 11-8 through the first 5 minutes of the second half due largely in part to Dayton's Austria Kelly's seven points through that stretch. Dayton held a 53-32 lead.
- Imani Outlaw added a spark off the bench, scoring four quick points for the Bonnies early in the second half.
- Hannah Little made a transition layup off a Ruff steal and passes for make it 60-39 with 12:23 left.
- Mariah Ruff came back with a three-pointer of her own after Outlaw layup, making the score 62-44 with 11:22 left in regulation.
- Ruff hit another at the 11:03 mark to make it 62-47.
- Dayton answered with six quick points that led to a Bona timeout, 68-47 at the 9:58 mark.
- Dayton and SBU traded three pointers, 71-52 with 9:18 left.
- Back to back Saicha Grant-Allen layups and free throws gave the Flyers their largest lead of the game of 25 points at a score of 81-56 with 6:25 left.
- Strong offensive post play and free throw shooting – Dayton hit 22-22 free throws at the 3:48 mark – Dayton took an 81-64 lead into the final three minutes of the game.
- Foul trouble hurt both teams, as both squads made it into the double bonus in the second half. Katie Healy fouled out for SBU and five others had two or more fouls.
- Dayton finished strong and won 86-70.
Beyond The Box Score
- 21 Points by Hoover was the most points scored against the Bonnies in a half this season.
- The last time the Bonnies had five players score 10 or more points in a single game was on March 3, 2012 against La Salle in the Atlantic 10 tournament.
- Dayton's 86 points are the most allowed by the Bonnies' defense since last season when they allowed UConn to score 88.
- Little's six assists on the night set a new career high for the junior forward. Little's previous high was four at UMass.
- Mariah Ruff tied a career high in three-point field goals made with her three threes tonight.
Coach Crowley Quotes:
"There's no mistaking that's a really good basketball team, we are at a point where we take some steps forward but we don't take enough. We have a half where we put the ball in the basket pretty good yet we give up twelve offensive rebounds and let them shoot over 50%."
"I thought we fought hard today, I thought there were some things that we could have easily frustrated us. We certainly could not have stopped competing, that's something that we can and should build on."
The Bonnies hope to bounce back quickly as they welcome the VCU Rams to the Reilly Center on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. The Rams are currently 12-6 overall and 3-2 in the Atlantic 10.