Location: Richmond Coliseum | Richmond, Va.
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 fell to UMass on Wednesday, March 4 in the first round of the Atlantic 10 women's basketball championship, by a score of 54-49.
The first half of the game was truly dictated by the defense as each team struggled to find an offensive groove. Both schools finished the half with just five made field goals, but St. Bonaventure had one more attempt than UMass. At the end of the half, UMass held a 17-15 lead over St. Bonaventure. The 17 points allowed and the 15 points scored by the Bonnies was the second lowest amount of the season.
The Bonnies began the second half with a huge play coming off the heels of freshman Mariah Ruff. Ruff took a three-point shot next to the St. Bonaventure bench and was fouled on the shot. Ruff went to the line and knocked down all three shots to give the Bonnies a one-point advantage.
St. Bonaventure continued to play with strong pace in the second half through the first ten minutes, but never extended its lead to larger than three. With 10:50 remaining the second half, the Bonnies held a 30-27 advantage after a made Imani Outlaw free throw. UMass continued to fight and claw to keep the game close and eventually tied the game up at 40-all with 4:45 left in the half. After tying the game up, the Minutewomen took control of the game and never looked back as they pushed its lead to eight with 11 ticks on the clock, which was their largest of the night. UMass knocked down 13 free throws in the final four minutes to clinch its six-point victory.
Leading the way for the Brown and White was Katie Healy, who notched 15 points and eight rebounds, both were a team high. Imani Outlaw added 10 points and one steal.
Kim Pierre-Louis, who finished the regular season in second in scoring in the conference with 18.3 points per game, powered the Minutewomen with 22 points and four rebounds. Pierre-Louis was 7-16 from the field and 8-11 from the line. Cierrea Dillard had 10 points and three rebounds.
St. Bonaventure finishes the 2014-15 season with an overall record of 15-15 with a conference record of 5-11.
Beyond The Box Score:
- St. Bonaventure is now 2-4 all-time against UMass in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
- Katie Healy recorded her 22nd game of the season of double-digit scoring.
- Sophomore Imani Outlaw notched just her fourth game of scoring 10 points or more.