Location: Reilly Center | St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
The Short Story:
The Bonnies and Mariah Ruff were on the prowl from three-point range right from the get-go. The freshman from Oneonta, N.Y. poured in four first-half three-pointers, already surpassing her previous career-high of three, however, Ruff would be far from done from beyond the arc.
Also in the first half, Ruff added a game-high 14 points. The Brown and White were clicking on all forces offensively, however, found themselves down four going into the break.
The Bonnies would respond, pouring in 44 second half points and dominating Rhode Island in the final 20 minutes. Ruff would add three more second half three-pointers, giving her seven total for the game and setting the record for the most-ever three-pointers in a single game by a freshman. Ruff finished the game with a career high 25 points and also added four rebounds and three assists.
Ruff would not be the only St. Bonaventure player who would have a breakout game; junior Emily Michael tied a season-high with 11 points and three long balls. The Bonnies, who dished out 19 assists on 25 field goals made, were led in the dishing department by Nyla Rueter, who tied her career high with six assists.
Junior Katie Healy netted her 17th game of 10+ points of more as she scored 12 points. The forward from Lancaster, N.Y. led the team with nine rebounds.
Defensively, the Bonnies held yet another opponent under 60 points and limited the conference's fourth best scorer in Charise Wilson (16.8 points per game) to only 10 points and 4-11 shooting from the field.
St. Bonaventure athletics and women's basketball help raise roughly $2,000 today at the game for the fight against breast cancer. St. Bonaventure will donate all proceeds to Olean General Hospital.
How It Happened:
- Both teams turned the ball over on their first possessions but Rhode Island struck first with a conventional three-point play at the 19:13 mark.
- Mariah Ruff gave the Bonnies their first lead of the game with a corner three pointer at the 16:10 mark to make it a 8-7 game.
- Mariah Ruff caught fire, netting two three pointers between the 12:48 mark and the 10:49 mark. Ashley Zahn added a three of her own and the Bonnies took a 19-16 lead.
- Imani Outlaw made a fast break layup to put the Bonnies up 21-18, leading to a Rhode Island timeout.
- Ruff stayed hot, connecting on her fourth three of the half at the 8:50 mark to put the Bonnies up three on a score of 24-21. She ended the half with 14 points.
- SBU went scoreless from the 8:50 mark to the 4:24 mark when Nyla Rueter gave the Bonnies their sixth three pointer of the half and a 27-26 lead.
- Rhody went on a 7-0 run through the last 3:42 of the half and took a 33-29 lead into the break.
- The second half began similar to the first: a turnover from each team. Except this time, it was the Bonnies struck first on a Ruff three pointer to bring the score to 33-32.
- Ruff knocked home another three after a Gabby Richmond layup to power the Bonnies to an 8-0 second half start. They took a 37-33 lead to the 18:04 mark.
- SBU answered four straight Rhody points with five straight of their own to take a 47-42 lead into the under 12 media timeout.
- After the Rams tied it up, Emily Michael connected on her second three pointer of the game to make it 58-55 with seven minutes to go in the game.
- After another Michael three pointer, Rhode Island's Charise Wilson fouled out of the game at the 5:12 mark in a 63-57 game.
- Two Katie Healy free throws at the 1:01 mark gave the Bonnies a 14-point lead, their largest of the game. The margin would stick, as SBU finished on top, 73-59.
Beyond The Box Score:
- St. Bona's 12 three-point field goals made are the most the squad has made in a game all season. Their previous high was eight, which was achieved three times.
- The last time the Bonnies made 12 three-pointers in a single game was on November 24, 2012.
- Ruff's 25 points marks the ninth time a Bonnie has scored 20 or more points this season.
- Katie Healy's nine rebounds have now moved her in 12th place and tied with Courtney Mattingly (1999-03) on the all-time career rebounding list, Healy started the day in 16th place.
- Healy also now has sole possession of 12th place on the career scoring list, surpassing Chris Agresta (1984-97) and Tricia Pawling (1994-98); Healy now has 1,159 career points.
- Nyla Reuter's six assists tie a career-high set last season versus Fairfield (11/17/13)
- Three Bonnies scored in double figures for the fourth consecutive game.
- SBU shot 53.2% from the field today, their best shot percentage since conference play began.
Quotes from Head Coach Jim Crowley:
"We made shots from the perimeter which has not always been the case this year. I thought we passed the ball really well, I thought we were much more ready on the perimeter, and I thought in the second half we defended really well. Every shot they got, except for a couple, were difficult. I was really proud that we had an answer; we had an answer when we were down at halftime and we had an answer every time they caught up."
The Bonnies head back on the road Saturday to face current No. 24/23 George Washington; the Colonials are winners of 19 straight games and are led by Naismith Player of the Year Candidate Jonquel Jones. After that, the Bonnies will remain on the road to square off in a mid-week (Wednesday) battle with the Saint Louis Billikens.