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Poor Shooting In Second Half Causes @BonniesWBB To Fall At Saint Joseph’s, 66-48

Poor Shooting In Second Half Causes @BonniesWBB To Fall At Saint Joseph’s, 66-48

Hagan Arena | Philadelphia, Pa.

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St. Bonaventure Starters: #2 G Mariah Ruff, #14 F Gabby Richmond, #21 G Nyla Rueter, #33 G Emily Michael, #42 F Katie Healy

The Short Story:
A streak of poor shooting in the second half caused the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team (11-9, 1-6) to fall to the Saint Joseph's Hawks (6-12, 2-4) on Sunday, Jan. 24, by a score of 66-48.

The game would be lost in the final four minutes of the first half the first eight minutes of the second half as the Hawks would outscore the Bonnies 29-7 in the 12 minute timeframe. In that span, St. Joe's shot 12-19 (63.1%) from the field and 5-6 from the line. The Hawks also brought down seven offensive rebounds.

St. Bonaventure came out in the second half with a case of cold shooting, which would last throughout the second half as the team shot 6-26 (23.1%). The Bonnies were shutout from beyond the arc in the game, shooting 0-9.

Junior forward Katie Healy led the Bonnies in points and rebounds on Saturday with 15 and nine, respectively. Imani Outlaw added 10 points and three rebounds in the losing effort.

St. Bonaventure has now lost its sixth straight game.

How It Happened:

  • At the first media timeout of the game, St. Bonaventure and the Hawks were tied at six points apiece. Katie Healy had four of the six for the Bonnies.
  • At the 11:26 mark of the first half, freshman forward Miranda Drummond drove the ball to the baseline and made a circus shot to give the Bonnies a one-point lead.
  • The Hawks were aggressive to begin the game, forcing seven Bonaventure turnovers in the first 10 minutes.
  • The two teams would exchange baskets throughout the first half to keep the game a one possession.
  • Saint Joseph's came on strong at the end, finishing the half on a 13-2 run to give them the 32-25 advantage at the half.
  • The second half began the same way as the first half ended as St. Joe's went on a 9-3 run to push its lead to 13.
  • St. Bonaventure cut the lead to single digits at the 17:42 mark off a layup made by the freshman Mariah Ruff. The nine-point deficit would be the closest the Bonnies got to the Hawks in the second half.
  • With 11:07 on the clock, Saint Joseph's extended its lead to 16 points.
  • St. Bonaventure attempted a run around the 6:18 mark by knocking down four-straight free throws to bring the game within 14 points, but St. Joe's counted and grew its lead to its largest of the game at 20 by the 3:36 mark.
  • The teams went an even 7-7 in the final four minutes.
  • Saint Joseph's claimed an 18-point victory on Saturday, ending its four game slide.  

Beyond The Box Score:

  • Katie Healy tied a season high 14 points in the first half. The junior forward recorded 14 points against UMass on Jan. 3.
  • Imani Outlaw recorded her second game of 10 points or more. The last game came against UNC-Greensboro on Dec. 17.
  • At the end of the first half, St. Bonaventure held a rebounding advantage of 20-11, but the Hawks came out strong in the second half and outmuscled the Bonnies to record 28 rebounds, while SBU only recorded 15.

Up Next:
The Bonnies return home to the Reilly Center to face longtime Atlantic 10 foe Duquesne on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Prior to the beginning of the game, St. Bonaventure Athletics and Women's Basketball will celebrate the 1,000 career point milestone set by Katie Healy on Dec. 22, 2014 at Georgetown.