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@BonniesWBB Falls to No. 22 DePaul in Second Round of Preseason WNIT

@BonniesWBB Falls to No. 22 DePaul in Second Round of Preseason WNIT

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CHICAGO – The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team dropped its Preseason WNIT second round game at No. 22 DePaul on Sunday afternoon, 77-54. 

Senior Nyla Rueter led the Bonnies with 14 points, while sophomores Mariah Ruff and Miranda Drummond added 11 points apiece.

St. Bonaventure now stands 1-1 overall on the season and will next play at Drexel in the consolation bracket of the WNIT on Saturday at 5 p.m.

The two teams jostled for position early in the game, but the Blue Demons pulled ahead and grabbed a 17-11 edge after the first period thanks to hot shooting from Jessica January as she tallied 13 points during the frame. 

The Blue Demons (2-0), the preseason favorite in the Big East and defending conference champions, embarked on a 12-0 run spanning the late first quarter and opening minute of the second to extend the lead to 21-11. From there, DePaul capitalized on Bonnies miscues, scoring 16 points off turnovers in the first half to take a 34-19 lead to intermission.

The Bonnies came out strong in the early minutes of the third period. Drummond finished around the rim off a pass from Rueter, then the senior guard sank a midrange jumper to bring the score to 36-23 at the 7:57 mark.

DePaul scored the next five points, but a jump shot by Ruff with just over six minutes left in the third followed by another made jumper by Rueter halted the Blue Demons' momentum. Rueter cashed in another jumper with six seconds left in the third period, taking the game into the fourth with the DePaul lead at 55-37.

St. Bonaventure scored the first six points of the fourth, drawing within 55-43 with 7:31 remaining following a layup from Katie Healy, but DePaul roared back with an 9-1 sprint to push the lead to 64-44 and never looked back.

January led all scorers with 19 points, also adding six assists for the Blue Demons, while Megan Podkowa added 14 points.

The Bonnies shot 41 percent from the field (23-of-56) while DePaul shot at a 42 percent clip (29-68). The differences in the game were DePaul's dominance on the boards, owning a 45-30 margin in rebounding, and in points off turnovers as the Blue Demons tallied 27.

GAME NOTES: St. Bonaventure held DePaul nine points under its 2014-15 season average of a Big East-best 86.0 ppg. The Blue Demons opened the season with a 101-65 win over Southern Illinois on Friday … Drummond, who scored 15 points on Friday vs. Siena, now has her first back-to-back games of double-figure scoring in her career … Sunday's game was a homecoming for redshirt junior Gabby Richmond, a Chicago native. Richmond tallied two points and five rebounds … Sunday's trip also brought several other Bonnies back to their native Midwest – graduate student Kelcie Rombach hails from Ottawa, Ill., while freshman Erin Wood is from Noblesville, Ind., and Rueter's hometown is Hagerstown, Ind. … All 12 players on the active roster saw time … Freshman Mckenna Maycock tallied her first four career points ... Sunday was the first-ever meeting between St. Bonaventure and DePaul ... DePaul, one of just seven programs to reach the last 13 NCAA Tournaments, improved to 38-19 all-time against current members of the Atlantic 10 ... The consolation bracket of the Preseason WNIT will see teams re-seeded and grouped together in terms of geography. Drexel, St. Bonaventure's next opponent, had been on the opposite side of the championship bracket and scored a 69-53 win vs. Dartmouth at home Friday before losing at No. 20/19 South Florida, 73-58, on Sunday.

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