Location: St. Bonaventure, N.Y. | Reilly Center
Box Score (PDF) | Play-By-Play
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 La Salle Explorers defeated the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, 66-53, Wednesday night in the final regular-season home game at the Reilly Center.
Junior Katie Healy had a team-best 19 points, while Mariah Ruff and Nyla Rueter contributed 13 points each. Rueter had a game-high eight rebounds.
The two teams went into halftime with the score 28-18 in favor of La Salle. The 18 Bona points, which are the second fewest the team has scored in a single half since conference play began, were capped off by an 8:18 scoring drought.
SBU brought the game to within five points at the 8:48 mark in the second half, thanks to two three-pointers from Nyla Rueter and a Katie Healy layup. But La Salle held pace, as the Bonnies failed to cut the deficit to less than eight points the rest of the way.
St. Bonaventure now sits at 5-10 in the Atlantic 10 and is in 12th place with one game remaining.
How It Happened
- Both teams made on their first possessions and eventually knotted it at four until La Salle took a 7-4 lead on a three pointer at the 17:42 mark.
- La Salle eventually extended the lead to 12-6 at the 12:02 mark, as the Bonnies struggled to get any offense going on tough Explorer defense early on.
- Katie Healy made the Bonnies' first field goal in over nine minutes on an acrobatic layup to bring the score to 17-8 at the 7:30 mark. The bucket ended a 9-0 La Salle run.
- Mariah Ruff kept the Bonnies in the game as she scored six straight Bona points. La Salle held the lead in a 23-14 game with 3:03 left in the game.
- The Bonnies went on a 6-0 run in the closing minutes of the half, but La Salle's Jasmine Alston made a layup and was fouled on the play as time expired. She converted the conventional three-point play, and the Explorers took a 28-18 lead in intermission.
- After a Healy bucket, Nyla Rueter knocked down the Bonnies' first three-pointer of the game at the 18:05 mark in the second half, bringing the score to 30-23. The shot resulted in a La Salle timeout.
- La Salle responded with six consecutive points of their own and took a 36-23 lead to the 16:28 mark, their largest of the game at that point.
- Imani Outlaw provided a spark from the Bona bench as she scored five consecutive points for SBU, making it a 41-30 game.
- Rueter hit her second and third three-pointers with a Healy layup sandwiched in between as the Bonnies cut the deficit to 45-40 with 8:48 remaining in regulation.
- The Explorers brought the lead back to double digits (54-43) with a three pointer at the 6:05 mark.
- The Bonnies would cut the deficit to nine twice in the final two minutes, but La Salle earned and maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game.
Beyond the Box Score:
- Ashley Zahn made her second consecutive start and her third of the season.
- The Bonnies went on a scoring drought from the 15:48-7:30 mark in the first half. During the drought, SBU went 0-9 from the field and turned the ball over seven times.
- La Salle came into tonight's game with a conference-best +4.38 turnover margin in conference play. They forced 15 SBU turnovers while only turning the ball over nine times themselves.
The Bonnies wrap up their regular season schedule on Sunday, March 1 at Duquesne. Duquesne is currently 11-4 in the Atlantic 10.