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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Sophomore Miranda Drummond made her first career start in Friday night's season opener vs. Siena in the Preseason WNIT, but had all the look of a veteran as she tallied a game-high 15 points to lift St. Bonaventure to a 57-40 victory on Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center.
The win propels the Bonnies into the second round of the tournament at DePaul, a 101-65 winner over Southern Illinois in the first round, on Sunday at 5 p.m. EST (4 p.m. CST).
Senior Katie Healy recorded a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds for St. Bonaventure (1-0).
"That's a really good opening game for us," Bonnies head coach Jim Crowley said. "Siena is a good basketball team. After we stopped giving away turnover scores in the first quarter, in the final three quarters we played some good defense. That's something I think this group can really excel at and they seem to be embracing it."
Siena (0-1) held an early advantage, opening a six-point edge during the first period and owned a 17-13 advantage at the end of the opening 10 minutes.
The momentum changed late in the first period, however. Drummond worked underneath for a lay-in and a 15-11 score with 48 seconds remaining in the opening stanza to start what would become a 17-4 run for the Bonnies.
Siena went ice cold from the floor during the second period. Deja Rawls put home a bucket in the lane for a 19-15 Saints lead at the 7:21 mark, but from there Siena was held scoreless for the next seven minutes as the Bonnies outscored the visitors by a 13-4 margin in the quarter to take a 26-21 lead to intermission.
The Bonnies' momentum grew out of the locker room as senior Nyla Rueter drained a quick three-pointer off an assist from Drummond to ignite a quick 7-0 sprint to push the cushion to 33-21.
St. Bonaventure's lead remained double digits for much of the third, but Siena made a push in the final two minutes to cut the deficit to just 41-34 on a jumper from Denisha Petty-Evans just before the buzzer.
Drummond and redshirt junior Gabby Richmond helped power the Bonnies' counterpunch, however, as part of an 11-2 blitz that grew the lead to 52-36 with just under five minutes to play with the hosts never relinquishing control.
The Bonnies limited Siena to just 23.8 percent shooting for the night (13-of-49) – including 1-of-16 on three-point tries. St. Bonaventure also dominated the boards, out-rebounding Siena by a 42-28 margin keyed by Healy's 13 rebounds as well as eight from Richmond and six from Rueter.
Just one Siena player found double figures – Kollyns Scarbrough paced the visitors with 10 points. The Bonnies also held sophomore forward Margot Hetzke – the unanimous choice for Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year a season ago – scoreless in 23 minutes.
"I thought we made them take some shots they weren't comfortable with," Crowley said. "Anything we needed to correct we did and we held their leading returning scorer to no points."
GAME NOTES: The Bonnies shot 40.4 percent from the floor (21-52) and handed out 15 assists, led by Drummond's four … the four assists were a career-high for Drummond and her 15 points were just two off a career-best … Rueter had all three of the Bonnies' baskets from beyond the arc, finishing with nine points … Rueter passed Tricia Pawling for eighth all-time in career SBU three-pointers (119) … Healy moved to 11th place in Bonnies career scoring with 1,264 points, passing Courtney Mattingly in the Bonnies record books … Healy also moved into sixth place all-time in Bonnies rebounding (642 rebounds), passing Melissa Jurecki's 635 … St. Bonaventure is appearing in the Preseason WNIT for the first time.
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