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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Senior Nyla Rueter and sophomore Miranda Drummond scored 16 points apiece as the St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team made an impressive 2015-16 debut with a 79-37 exhibition victory over Edinboro at the Reilly Center Saturday afternoon.
The Bonnies used a 17-2 run spanning the first and second periods to sprint out to a 24-5 advantage following a three-pointer from Drummond with 6:17 remaining in the first half and never relinquished control.
St. Bonaventure limited Edinboro, which has tallied five straight 20-win seasons in the Division II Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, to just four field goals in the opening half as the Fighting Scots shot a mere 15.4 percent (4-for-26).
Rueter keyed the early attack, connecting on her first three attempts from long range on the way to recording 11 points before intermission. Graduate guard Emily Michael facilitated much of the early offense, handing out six assists on the Bonnies' 15 made field goals during the half while redshirt junior Gabby Richmond hauled in eight rebounds in her first 10 minutes of action.
"I thought everybody did something really well and that's how you get chemistry," Bonnies head coach Jim Crowley said.
St. Bonaventure took a 41-12 advantage into halftime and extended the cushion to 43 points at 68-25 after three periods.
In all, the Bonnies finished the day shooting over 49 percent (31-63) from the floor and handed out 19 assists, led by Michael's seven. Ten players worked into the scoring from the Bonnies with four finishing in double figures – freshman Mckenna Maycock netted 13 points on six-of-eight shooting in her Bonnies debut and senior Katie Healy recorded 11 points in just 15 minutes.
"I was most pleased with our effort. I thought today was a good place to start and definitely a good place to learn from the good things we do and get better at some of the things we need to get better at," Crowley said.
Richmond powered the Bonnies on the boards by notching 12 rebounds to go along with seven points. The Bonnies dominated the glass, owning a 49-31 advantage on the boards while also stifling the Fighting Scots to 22 percent shooting from the floor.
Katie Fischer paced Edinboro with 12 points, but the Bonnies limited Fighting Scots leading scorer Aignee' Freeland to nine points and held two starters – senior sharpshooter Lauren Hippo and Whitney Allen – without a point.
"I thought our defense for the most part was pretty solid and I thought our ball pressure was really good," Crowley said. "These girls have put in a lot of time together and we have five kids who have been together for four years. We also have a great group of younger kids that have really bought into what we do."
The Bonnies open the regular season by hosting Siena in the first round of the Preseason WNIT on Friday, Nov. 13 at 5:30 p.m. as part of a season-opening doubleheader with the men's team.
GAME NOTES: The Bonnies have defeated Edinboro in exhibition play the past six seasons … Saturday's 42-point margin of victory is the largest win for the Bonnies in the series … St. Bonaventure went 10-of-11 at the foul line while Edinboro finished 9-of-22 at the stripe … All 12 players on the active roster saw time Saturday … Rueter connected on five of her eight shot attempts including 4-of-6 on three-point tries … Drummond, Healy, Michael, Rueter and Mariah Ruff were in Saturday's starting lineup.
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