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@BonniesWBB Downed By #20 George Washington, 70-48

@BonniesWBB Downed By #20 George Washington, 70-48

Location: Charles E. Smith Center | Washington, D.C.

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 (13-12, 3-9 A-10) fell on Sunday, Feb. 15 at the Smith Center on the campus of #20 George Washington (22-3, 11-1 A-10), by a score of 70-48.

The Bonnies traveled to our nation's capital Saturday afternoon looking to hand #20 George Washington their second straight loss. With just under 12 minutes remaining in the first half the Bonnies only trailed the Colonials by three. Barely two minutes later the George Washington lead was up to eight (22-13). St. Bonaventure tried to claw its way back, but Colonials had an answer for every bucket scored by the Bonnies. The battle of the boards was a major contributor to the Colonials 13 point halftime lead (37-24); GW out-rebounded the Bonnies 26 to 12.

Coming out of halftime, St. Bonaventure's defense showed up as it was causing careless turnovers and fouls on George Washington, but the Bonnies' offense wasn't clicking. After making the first two buckets of the half, St. Bonaventure went a three-minute scoring drought, while George Washington went on 8-0 run. GW pushed its lead to its largest of the game at the 5:19 mark of the second half as it led the Bonnies by 28 points (63-35). St. Bonaventure went on to outscore George Washington in the final five minutes (13-7), but wasn't enough as SBU fell by 22. St. Bonaventure finished the second half shooting 8-33 (24.2%).

Leading the Brown and White in points was junior guard Nyla Rueter, who registered 15 points, including 12 points coming from beyond the arc. Mariah Ruff and Katie Healy tied for a team high six boards.

All 12 members of the St. Bonaventure basketball team appeared in today's game. This has occurred only two other times (James Madison and Binghamton). 

How It Happened:

  • Both teams came right out of the gate firing on all cylinders. Heading into the under 16 media timeout Katie Healy had already poured in six points for the Brown and White, however, the Bonnies trailed by two (11-9).
  • It would be a relatively quiet couple of minutes offensively, as the Bonnies would trail by three (14-11) with 11:53 remaining in the first half.
  • A 9-2 run for the Colonials enabled George Washington to jump out to a 22-13 lead and forced Jim Crowley to use a timeout with 9:56 left to go in the first half.
  • Headed to the under four media timeout, the Bonnies trailed by 32-18.
  • The Bonnies looked to close the gap heading into the half after a three-pointer from Nyla Rueter and when Hannah Little stepped to the line with 23 seconds left, Little nailed one of two free throws, pulling the Bonnies within 13 (37-24).
  • The Bonnies came out of the half playing outstanding defense and holding the Colonials without a field goal to the 15:10 mark; a Nyla Reuter three pulled the Bonnies within striking distance, however, GW would answer keeping the lead at 13 (41-28).​
  • St. Bonaventure was held scoreless from a three-minute span in the second half (16:32 till 13:35), while George Washington went on an 8-0 run.
  • The Colonials added to their run to push its lead to more than 20 as they would go on an 18-5 run to lead the Bonnies, 56-33.
  • George Washington extended its lead to its largest of the day off two Jonquel Jones free throws. At the 5:19 mark of the second half, GW led by 28.
  • St. Bonaventure closed the game out strong as it outscored George Washington, 13-7. Nyla Rueter had six of the Bonnies' 13 points. 

Beyond The Box Score:

  • 23 offensive rebounds by the Colonials are the most that the Bonnies have allowed all season. St. Bonaventure previously allowed 21 offensive boards at Georgetown.
  • Nyla Rueter notched her 13th game this season of 10 points or more. Rueter finished the day with 15 points, including four three-point field goals.
  • St. Bonaventure is now just 1-17 all-time at George Washington.

Up Next:
St. Bonaventure wraps up its two-game road swing as they travel to St. Louis, Mo. to visit the Saint Louis Billikens. Last week, Saint Louis defeated #20 George Washington on Wednesday, Feb. 11 and then Davidson on Saturday, Feb. 14.