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@BonniesWBB Erase 20 Point Deficit To Stun Saint Louis, 57-55

@BonniesWBB Erase 20 Point Deficit To Stun Saint Louis, 57-55

Chaifetz Arena | St. Louis. Mo.

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 (14-12, 4-9 A-10) erased a 20-point deficit to stun the Saint Louis Billikens (13-13, 6-7 A-10) on Wednesday night, by a score of 57-55.

With 11:35 remaining in the game the Billikens held a 20-point advantage over the Bonnies. Everyone at the Chaifetz Arena had the game already over except for the St. Bonaventure bench. The Bonnies began their what would be considered as an insurmountable comeback off five straight points in a matter of a minute. St. Bonaventure continued on its run as it brought the Saint Louis lead to just eight points at the 7:32 mark.  Saint Louis attempted to hold off the surging Bonnies by pushing its lead back to 11, but St. Bonaventure went on an 8-0 run to bring the game within four points. The Brown and White completed the comeback with 3:46 remaining in the second half off a Nyla Rueter jumper. After earning its first lead of the game, St. Bonaventure would never allow Saint Louis to take sole possession of the lead as the Bonnies closed out the Billikens for the two-point victory. St. Bonaventure went on to outscore the Billikens 34-12 over the last 11 minutes.

Wednesday's victory is the largest comeback by the Bonnies since last season when they rallied back from 22 points to shock Duquesne.

The Bonnies were paced by junior forward Katie Healy as the Lancaster, N.Y. native recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Healy went 8-14 from the field and 4-8 from the line. Also contributing for the Brown and White was Nyla Rueter and Hannah Little. Rueter finished the game with 13 points and two assists, while Little had 10 points and six boards.  

Saint Louis was led by Sadie Stipanovich and Jamesia Price. Stipanovich had a team high 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Price added 14 points and 12 boards.

With Wednesday's win the Bonnies are now 4-9 in the Atlantic 10 conference with three games remaining till the conference tournament. St. Bonaventure will host Davidson (Feb. 21), La Salle (Feb. 25) and will visit Duquesne (March 1). Davidson and La Salle are currently below the Bonnies in the A-10 standings, while Duquesne sits at third overall. 

How It Happened:

  • At the first media timeout the Saint Louis Billikens held a small three-point lead (6-3) over the Bonnies. Both teams started cold from inside the paint, but were hot from outside as all points were scored from beyond the arc.
  • Redshirt sophomore Gabby Richmond tied the game up at six with a layup. Richmond was fouled on the way up and converted the and-one try.
  • After the Bonnies tied the game up at six-all, Saint Louis went on a 10-0 run to open the game up at 16-6.
  • Freshman forward Miranda Drummond snapped the Billikens' run as she scored off a baseline drive. St. Bonaventure went nearly six minutes with no baskets.
  • Saint Louis quickly responded to the Drummond bucket as they knocked down another three-point shot. With less than eight minutes remaining in the half, St. Bonaventure trailed 19-8.
  • Junior forward Katie Healy went on a run of her own as she would bring the Brown and White within 10 points (25-15) as she scored the next seven points for SBU.
  • Saint Louis scored their final five points from the line, while Katie Healy added four more points from the field as the Bonnies trailed 30-19 at halftime.
  • Both teams were scoreless for the first four minutes of the second half. Sadie Stipanovich ended the drought for both teams with a bucket at the 15:54 mark.
  • Saint Louis and St. Bonaventure trade three-pointers to give the Billikens 35-22 lead at the first media timeout of the second half.
  • The Billikens went on a 5-0 run, which extended their lead to 41-22. Hannah Little ends their run by going 1-2 from the line.
  • At 11:35, Saint Louis held its largest lead of the game at 20 points.
  • With 9:57 left in regulation Hannah Little went up for a layup and was fouled, but not before the basket went through the hoop. Little went on to convert the and-one.
  • Just seconds later Matea Britvar pulled up in front of the three-point line and knocked down her lone basket of the game.
  • Katie Healy grabbed the offensive rebound and went right back up for the easy layup. Healy brought the Bonnies within 15 points.
  • At the 8:31 mark of the second half, Hannah Little stole the ball and pushed the ball up the court to Nyla Rueter, who sank a three-pointer.
  • Seconds later the roles were reversed as Nyla Rueter recorded a steal, which led to a Hannah Little breakaway layup.
  • Katie Healy scores the 11th straight point for the Bonnies to bring the game within single digits with 7:22 remaining.
  • A flagrant foul was called at the 5:59 mark on Olivia Jakubicek. Jakubicek fouled Hannah Little prior to the flagrant called on her, which allowed the Bonnies to shoot four consecutive free throws. St. Bonaventure netted all four as it brought the game within five points.
  • With Saint Louis up four, freshman Mariah Ruff knocked a much needed three from the top of the key.
  • The Bonnies took their first lead of the game with 3:46 remaining in the second half off a Nyla Rueter jumper.
  • The Brown and White took their largest lead of the game with 3:05 left on the clock as Mariah Ruff netted a pull-up jumper to give SBU a three point lead.
  • Saint Louis tied the game up at 1:54 after making three of four shots from the charity stripe.
  • At the 1:40 mark, St. Bonaventure regained the lead off two made free throws by Hannah Little.
  • St. Bonaventure held a three-point lead with 13 seconds remaining in regulation, but Imani Outlaw would be called for a foul on a shooter, who was shooting from three.
  • Jamesia Price of Saint Louis went 2-3 from the line to shorten the Bonnies lead to just one point.
  • Saint Louis fouled Katie Healy with nine seconds left. Healy went 1-2 from the line to give St. Bonaventure just a one possession advantage.
  • The Billikens' Jenny Vliet drove the lane as the clock was ticking down, but a buzzer-beating layup was no good, which sealed the two point victory for SBU. 

Beyond The Box Score:

  • With Healy's 20 points and 15 rebounds the junior forward registered her fourth double-double of the season.
  • This is the largest comeback that the Bonnies have had since last season when the Brown and White rallied back from 22-points down to defeat the Duquesne Dukes.
  • St. Bonaventure 31.7% on Wednesday night from the field, which is the worst percentage the team, has shot in a win this season.
  • Wednesday's victory was the first win for St. Bonaventure at Saint Louis since the 2011-12 seasons. The Bonnies are now 8-3 all-time against the Billikens.
  • Nyla Rueter notched her 14th game of 10 points or more, while Hannah Little registered her 12th

Up Next:
The Bonnies return home to the Reilly Center for a two-game homestand that begins on Saturday, Feb. 21 as they welcome the Davidson Wildcats. St. Bonaventure will then host La Salle on Wednesday, Feb. 25. The Bonnies will honor graduate student Ashley Zahn prior to the tip of the game against Davidson.