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Poor Shooting in Second Half Halts @BonniesWBB At Duquesne, 51-43

Poor Shooting in Second Half Halts @BonniesWBB At Duquesne, 51-43

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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

How It Happened
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team (15-14, 5-11 A-10) caught a case of poor shooting in the second half, which led them to dropping its final regular season game of the season at Duquesne (20-9, 12-4 A-10), by a score of 51-43.

It was truly a tale of two halves for the Bonnies on Sunday at the Palumbo center in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Brown and White showed a lot fight in them in the first half as they were forcing turnovers, grabbing rebounds and passing the ball with a lot of pace on the offensive side. St. Bonaventure finished the first half shooting 9-24 (37.5%), but was 4-9 (44.4%) from outside. Nyla Rueter paced the Bonnies with 14 first half points, while Matea Britvar led the charge on defense with three rebounds and forcing multiple turnovers.

After being tied 25-all at halftime, it was a totally different team to start the second half for St. Bonaventure. The Bonnies' offense couldn't buy a basket as it started the half shooting 2-10 (20%), while allowing Duquesne to open on 10-0 run. The Dukes never looked back from their lead that they built as the Brown and White only got as close as seven points in second half. The Bonnies finished the second half shooting just 6-24 (25%), while Duquesne went 9-21 (42.9%).

With the 51-43 loss on Sunday, the Bonnies will enter the Atlantic 10 tournament on a two-game losing streak. The conference tournament runs from Wednesday, March 4 till Sunday, March 8. St. Bonaventure is guaranteed to play in the opening day games (March 4), which consists of the bottom four teams in the conference.

Leading the way for the Bonnies was Nyla Rueter, who had 14 points, which 12 of the 14 came way of her outside shot. Katie Healy added 10 points and seven boards.

Duquesne had three players score in double-digits on Sunday. Jose-Ann Johnson had 14 points and eight boards, while Amadea Szamosi and Stasia King had 12 and 10, respectively. 

Beyond The Box Score

  • The junior forward, Nyla Rueter, notched her 800th career point on Sunday. Rueter finished the day with 14.  
  • Katie Healy and Nyla Rueter notched their 21st and 17th game of double-digit scoring, respectively.
  • Matea Britvar set a new career high in rebounds and minutes against Duquesne. Britvar brought down five rebounds and recorded 24 minutes.
  • Miranda Drummond netted her first career three-pointer in the last seconds of the game. Also, Drummond set a career high in assists with two.
  • Redshirt sophomore Gabby Richmond tied her season high in assists with three.
  • St. Bonaventure out-rebounded the Dukes by a total of 42-29. The last time the Brown and White out-rebounded an opponent was against Rhode Island on Feb. 8.
  • Sunday's 43 points by the Bonnies tied for the lowest amount of points scored in a game this season by SBU. St. Bonaventure had 43 in a win over Drexel on Dec. 6.
  • This is the first time since the 2005-06 season where St. Bonaventure was swept by Duquesne, when the two programs played each other twice in a season.

Up Next
The Bonnies wrap up their season at the Atlantic 10 tournament in Richmond, Va. The Atlantic 10 will announce the seedings and matchups later today.