Location: Mullins Center | Amherst, Mass.
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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:
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team (12-10, 2-7) heated up the Mullins Center on Saturday, Jan. 31 as it defeated the UMass Minutewomen (8-13, 2-6), by a score of 77-57.
St. Bonaventure got its much needed win on Saturday as it was truly a team victory for the Bonnies. All 11 players would go on to contribute in the game, including a trio of players that registered over 10 points. Nyla Rueter led the Brown and White with a season high 22 points, while Gabby Richmond recorded her first career double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Junior forward Katie Healy added 14 points and six rebounds in the winning effort.
St. Bonaventure's defense was a key component to the Bonnies' win as they forced 17 UMass turnovers. Healy and Emily Michael each recorded two steals, while Richmond, Mariah Ruff and Miranda Drummond each had one. The Bonnies' defense held Kim Pierre-Louis, the third Atlantic 10 leading scorer, to just 14 points, but only two points in the first half.
The Brown and White had nine of their 11 players score in today's game. Ashley Zahn, the graduate student, added nine points off the bench. 17 of the 23 baskets made by the Bonnies were assisted and five assists coming way of Emily Michael, who posted a season high in assists.
The Bonnies held the edge from the field as they shot 23-51 (45.1%), while the Minutewomen shot 20-53 (37.7%).
The win on Saturday ended a seven-game skid that the Bonnies were on. St. Bonaventure now has two wins in Atlantic 10 play, both coming against UMass.
Beyond The Box Score:
- All 11 St. Bonaventure basketball players played against UMass. This has only occurred two other times this season.
- Richmond tied a career high in rebounds with 12.
- Rueter's 22 points was a season high for the junior guard.
- The Bonnies recorded a season high in assists with 17.
- St. Bonaventure tied a season low nine turnovers on Saturday. The Bonnies had nine turnovers against Binghamton on Nov. 30.
The Bonnies continue on the road as they travel to in-state rival Fordham on Thursday, Feb. 5 for a 7 p.m. meeting on SNY. The Brown and White and the Rams met earlier this season at the Reilly Center where Fordham came out victorious by a score of 72-62.