Location: Reilly Center | St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
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St. Bonaventure Starters: #2 G Mariah Ruff, #12 G Ashley Zahn, #21 G Nyla Rueter, #33 G Emily Michael, #42 F Katie Healy
The Short Story:
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team defeated Davidson, 72-56, Saturday, Feb 21 afternoon at the Reilly Center.
The Bonnies honored senior Ashley Zahn before the game. Zahn rose to the occasion, scoring six points, grabbing two steals and three rebounds in 26 minutes on the floor.
Mariah Ruff led the way for the Bonnies with 20 points, her second 20-point performance of the season. Katie Healy and Nyla Rueter chipped in 19 points apiece.
SBU took a 28-25 lead into halftime, but broke away from the Wildcats late in the second half. Bona outscored Davidson 42-31 in the second half. A 12-2 Bonaventure run in the final 3:26 of the game resulted in a 72-56 final score.
How it Happened:
- Ashley Zahn, making her first start of the season, knocked down a three pointer as the Bonnies stormed out to a 5-0 lead, resulting in a Davidson timeout at the 19:15 mark.
- The Bonnies took a 9-5 lead to the 15:11 mark thanks to four points from Katie Healy.
- After Davidson took a 10-9 lead on a three-pointer, Mariah Ruff answered with a three pointer of her own on the ensuing possession to put the Bonnies up 12-10 with 13:09 left.
- Davidson tied it up at 12, but Imani Outlaw regained the Bona lead with two free throws at the 9:37 mark. The free throws were the first Bonnies points in about four minutes.
- The two teams teeter-tottered possession of the lead until the Bonnies took a three-point lead (20-17) on consecutive buckets from Nyla Rueter and Healy with 6:46 left.
- Davidson regained the lead, but it was short lived as Rueter swooshed a three-pointer from the top of the key to put the Bonnies up 23-21 with 4:27 remaining in the half.
- The Bonnies got it done from the line as a conventional three-point play from Ruff and two free throws from Outlaw gave the Bonnies a 28-23 lead with 1:46 left in the half.
- SBU went into intermission with a 28-25 lead.
- The Bonnies forced a Davidson shot clock violation on the first possession of the second half, and capitalized with a Ruff three pointer to go up 31-25.
- A Healy layup and a three pointer from Zahn gave the Bonnies a 36-28 lead at the 18:02 mark, their largest of the game at that point.
- Ruff ended an 8-2 Davidson run with a three pointer to put the Bonnies up 41-36 with 15:13 remaining.
- Hannah Little found Imani Outlaw in transition to put Bona up 50-43 at the 11:11 mark.
- Davidson closed the deficit, but the Bonnies went up eight points again (60-52), thanks to a Rueter and one play with 5:17 remaining.
- Ruff netted her fifth three-pointer of the game on a score of 63-54 with 3:22 remaining.
- With 1:18 remaining in regulation, Ashley Zahn exited the 69-54 game to a standing ovation.
- Bonaventure closed the game on a 12-2 run through the final 3:26 to a final score of 72-56.
Beyond the Box:
- With two blocks and two steals in today's game, Katie Healy has 100 in each category in her career. Over her career, Healy has over 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 150 assists, 100 blocks and 100 steals.
- Over the last two home games, Mariah Ruff is 12-19 (63.2%) from outside.
- The Bonnies improved to 5-9 in conference play and have won two consecutive games for the first time since conference play started.
- Mariah Ruff scored 20 points, her second 20-point performance of the season. Ruff had 25 points against Rhode Island on Feb. 8.
- SBU forced 15 Davidson turnovers and capitalized, scoring 12 points off the turnovers.
- Freshman Matea Britvar played 16 minutes grabbed a season-high two rebounds.
- 55.6% is the best the Bonnies have shot in a second half since conference play began.
- St. Bonaventure's 2.0 assist to turnover ratio is the best for the Bonnies all season.
- St. Bona made 15 free throws to Davidson's six.
- Bonaventure had nine total steals. Healy, Ruff and Zahn each had two.
St. Bonaventure plays its final home game of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 25 as the Bonnies welcome the La Salle Explorers.