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Hot Start Not Enough As @BonniesWBB Falls To VCU, 61-51

Hot Start Not Enough As @BonniesWBB Falls To VCU, 61-51

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 hot start by the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team (11-8, 1-5) wasn't enough against the VCU Rams (13-6, 4-2) on Wednesday night as the Bonnies fell 61-51.

St. Bonaventure jumped out to a 12-0 run to begin the game, which included buckets from Healy, Little and Gabby Richmond. The Bonnies pushed their lead to 13 at the 10:29 mark, but VCU started to cut into the Brown and White's lead shortly after. The Rams were able to bring the game to within three points at halftime as St. Bonaventure led 25-22. VCU's strong finish of the first half continued into the second half by outscoring SBU, 39-26 in the second half. The Rams held the Bonnies to 9-31 (29%) from the field in the second period, while they shot 12-27 (44.4%).

Junior forward Katie Healy had 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the losing effort. Also, Nyla Rueter added 10 points and three assists.

St. Bonaventure has now lost five-straight, the most since the 2012-13 season.

How It Happened:

  • The Bonnies won the tip and immediately took a 2-0 lead on a Nyla Rueter layup. SBU would go on to take a 6-0 lead, leading to a VCU timeout at the 18:15 mark.
  • St. Bona would take a 12-0 lead before VCU scored their first points, which came from two made free throws at the 13:04 minute mark.
  • VCU went on a 9-0 run through the 6:30 mark, making the score 17-13. The Rams took two charges resulting in Bona turnovers during the run.
  • Rueter broke the run with SBU's first three pointer at the 5:15 mark, bringing the score to 20-13.
  • Mariah Ruff knocked down a three pointer at the 2:32 mark to extend the Bonnies' lead to 10 on a score of 25-15.
  • The Rams ended the half on a 7-0 run to tighten the deficit and take a 25-22 Bona lead into the break.
  • The two teams went a combined 1-12 from the field to start the second half. Free throws and one VCU field goal made it a 27-25 SBU lead at the 15:47 mark.
  • Both teams traded buckets on consecutive possessions, transferring from a Bonnies' lead and a tie game until the Rams took their first lead of the game at the 13:09 mark on a score of 33-31.
  • A 10-2 Rams' run brought the score to 43-35 with just over nine minutes remaining in the half.
  • Rueter knocked down her second three pointer of the game to tighten the gap at the 7:42 mark, making it a 45-40 game.
  • The two teams traded buckets and brought a 50-44 scored to the 3:38 mark.
  • Emily Michael made a tough reverse layup at the 1:40 mark to keep the pace in a 52-46 score.
  • Ruff hit a three pointer with 46.8 seconds remaining in the game to make it a 55-49 game.
  • Despite a hard-fought effort from the Brown and White in the final minute – which included five Bonnies' points and seven VCU made free throws – SBU could not overcome the deficit.

Beyond The Box Score:

  • With seven boards in tonight's game, Katie Healy has now surpassed 550 rebounds in her career with the Brown and White.
  • The Bonnies are now winless all-time against VCU.
  • Imani Outlaw had a season-high five rebounds.
  • Katie Healy, Emily Michael and Nyla Rueter all logged over 30 minutes on the floor.
  • 12 of the Bonnies' 18 total field goals were assisted.

Up Next:
The Bonnies hit the road to the city of brotherly love as they visit Saint Joseph's on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. St. Joe's is 5-12 overall and 1-4 in the Atlantic 10 conference.