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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:
St. Bonaventure women's basketball (12-11, 2-8) fell in a heartbreaker at Fordham (16-7, 8-2) on Thursday night by a score of 54-51.
It was hard fought battle by the Bonnies that came up just short at the end. St. Bonaventure overcame an 11-point deficit to take its first lead with just 3:30 left in the game. After taking the lead the Rams and Bonnies would go back-and-forth to the final whistle as neither team held a lead larger than three in the final four minutes of play. With 19.7 left on the clock, St. Bonaventure was down by one with possession, but a costly turnover that led to two points form the line allowed Fordham to push its lead to three. The Bonnies got possession with 7.7 ticks left, but a three-point shot by Nyla Rueter was unsuccessful.
It was a career night for Imani Outlaw as she registered 14 points, three assists and three steals. The 14 points and three steals for Outlaw set a new career high, while the three dishes tied a career high. Outlaw went 6-of-9 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line.
Also in double figures were Nyla Rueter and Gabby Richmond. Rueter added 12 points, while Richmond had 10 points and six rebounds.
Leading the Brown and White on the boards was freshman Miranda Drummond, who set a career high with eight rebounds.
How It Happened:
- It was a slow start out of the gate for the Bonnies as they began the game 1-of-6 from the field. Katie Healy had the lone basket for St. Bonaventure at the 19:23 mark.
- Gabby Richmond's baseline drive and contested layup pulled the Brown and White within four, but Samantha Clark responded as it gave the Rams a 10-4 cushion with 11:58 on the clock.
- Turnovers went on to plague St. Bonaventure in the first half as it recorded 12 turnovers.
- The Bonnies brought themselves within three points at the 6:07 mark in the first half.
- After bringing the game within three points, Fordham responded and went on an 8-0 run to put the Rams up 20-9.
- St. Bonaventure had an 8-0 run of its own as it closed out the half with a score of 20-17.
- It was not a pretty half for either team. St. Bona shot 6-of-26; Fordham shot 7-of-26. St. Bona had 12 turnovers; Fordham had 11 turnovers.
- To begin the second half the two teams traded three-point shots.
- Fordham opened up the second half on a 9-4 run.
- With 7:48 in the second half, Fordham held its largest lead of the second half at 10 points.
- After Fordham held a 43-33 advantage, St. Bonaventure began to chip away at the lead. Imani Outlaw recorded three baskets in a two minute span.
- Rueter knocked down a three from the top of the key that rattled in. St. Bonaventure brought itself within one-point at 4:01 mark.
- The Bonnies got their first lead of the game at the 3:30 mark off a Rueter jumper.
- The two teams went back-and-forth in the final three minutes of play as each team never held lead larger than three points.
- With 19.7 left on the clock, St. Bonaventure was down by one with possession, but a costly turnover allowed Fordham to seal its three-point victory from the line.
- St. Bonaventure had a chance to tie with 7.7 on the clock, but a three-point shot from Nyla Rueter was unsuccessful.
Beyond The Box Score:
- Imani Outlaw had a career high in points (14) and steals (3). Outlaw tied a career high in assists with three.
- Miranda Drummond set a career high eight rebounds. Drummond's previous career high was seven at Brown.
- St. Bonaventure registered 40+ rebounds in a game for the first time since Niagara on Dec. 20.
- Every member of the Bonnies that appeared in Thursday's game notched a rebound.
The Bonnies return to the Reilly Center on Sunday, Feb. 8 as they host the Rhode Island Rams at 1 p.m. The Brown and White will host their annual pink game on Sunday. St. Bonaventure will be accepting donations and selling Bonnies' pink t-shirts for $5. All proceeds will be donated to the Olean General Hospital.