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@BonniesWBB Hangs Tough At Home But Fall To Duquesne 76-63

@BonniesWBB Hangs Tough At Home But Fall To Duquesne 76-63

 Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center | St. Bonaventure, N.Y.

Box Score (PDF) | Play-By-Play

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:
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team (11-10, 1-7) fought hard against the Duquesne Dukes (13-8, 5-3), but its efforts weren't enough as the team fell by a score of 76-63 on Wednesday night.

The game was lost at the line for the Bonnies as they allowed the Dukes to visit the charity stripe a total of 31 times throughout the game. Duquesne converted on 25 of those 31 visits, while St. Bonaventure shot 12-18 (66.7%) from the line.

Katie Healy led the way for the Bonnies as she tied a season high 25 points and also registered five rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Hannah Little and Gabby Richmond were tied for a team high seven rebounds. Little added 12 points and four assists to her seven boards.

Prior to the tip-off of the game, St. Bonaventure Athletics and women's basketball celebrated the recent milestone set by junior forward Katie Healy, when she notched her 1,000 career point against Georgetown on Dec. 22, 2014. Healy received a commemorative basketball with her name and the date in which she scored her 1,000th point. Healy is now tied for 13th all-time in SBU history with 1,129 points.

St. Bonaventure is now 1-7 in the Atlantic 10 conference. The last time Crowley was 1-7 in the A-10 was his first year at the helm of the program. 

How It Happened:

  • Five Bonnies' turnovers and an 0-4 start from the field led to a 11-0 Duquesne lead through the 14:53 mark before Katie Healy broke the Bona silence with two made free throws.
  • A quick Healy layup and two consecutive forced Duquesne turnovers led to an 11-7 score capped by a Nyla Rueter three-pointer at the 13:27 mark.
  • The two teams traded points and brought a 19-15 Dukes' lead to the 7:52 point, thanks to six points from Healy.
  • Both teams combined for five turnovers since the 7:52 mark, but Healy ended the turnover streak with a conventional three-point play to make it a 21-18 Duquesne lead with 6:06 left in the half.
  • The Bonnies scored the first field goal in almost four minutes on a Mariah Ruff layup to make a 25-20 Dukes' lead.
  • Hannah Little made a layup in the final seconds of the half, but Duquesne's April Robinson responded with a banked in, half-court shot as the backboard illuminated, taking a 32-24 break into the break.
  • The Dukes began the second half outscoring the Bonnies 9-4, increasing the deficit to 41-28 after just over two minutes of play.
  • Healy converted on her second three-point play of the game to make it 41-31, Dukes, with 16:04 left to play.
  • After a missed Healy free throw, Gabby Richmond snagged the offensive board and converted a conventional three-point play to make it 49-41 Dukes' lead at the 12:46 mark.
  • Duquesne answered with five consecutive points to bring the score to 54-41, tying their largest lead of the game, at the 11:39 mark.
  • Nyla Rueter made a three pointer in front of her own bench at the 10:18 mark to make it 54-46.
  • A made jumper by Ruff and layups from Hannah Little and Imani Outlaw in transition layup helped complete an 11-3 Bonnies run through the 7:52 mark, 57-52 score.
  • Although the Dukes did not make a field goal since the 9:52 mark, converted free throws helped them bring the deficit back to 10 with a score to 67-57 at the 4:13 mark.
  • The Bonnies' late-game surge was not enough, as SBU fell 76-63.

Beyond The Box Score:

  • Katie Healy's 25 points tied a season high and is the fourth time this season Healy has scored 20 points or more.
  • Healy's 25 points also enabled her to tie Katelyn Murray (2006-09) for 13th place on the all-time scoring list, each now with 1,129 points.
  • Today was the 18th time in Healy's career in which she scored 20 or more points, moving into sole possession of 10th place on the all-time career 20 point game list.
  • Committing 22 fouls tonight, the Bonnies have now committed 20 or more fouls in four straight games, tonight enabling the Dukes to make 25 free throws, as opposed to the Bonnies 12.

Quotes from Coach Crowley:
"I think that is probably the hardest that we have played since George Mason. Our effort gave us a chance, and it should not take that many games, but our kids understand that. We just had moments like the last seven or eight minutes where we lost our mind defensively. I think they took 21 free throws in the last eight minutes, and the fouls we committed were undisciplined fouls. The ball was below their waist a lot, and we were slapping, reaching, and fouling jump shooters, so we did not even see if we could get a stop. While, it is discouraging losing a game, it is also encouraging that we went at the level we needed to."​

Up Next:
The Bonnies hit the road for a two-game stint away from home, starting Saturday at 2 pm against UMass. After that, St. Bonaventure will travel to the Bronx next Thursday to take on Fordham at 7:00 p.m., the game will be televised on SNY.