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@BonniesWBB Falls At Drexel, 58-46

@BonniesWBB Falls At Drexel, 58-46

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PHILADELPHIA – The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team wrapped up its play in the Preseason WNIT with a 58-46 setback at Drexel on Saturday evening in the Daskalakis Center.

Junior Imani Outlaw and sophomore Mariah Ruff scored 10 points apiece for the Bonnies, who now stand at 1-2 overall on the season while Drexel improves to 2-1.

The Bonnies owned an early edge thanks to a quick start from Ruff. The sophomore guard scored six straight points during the first period as the visitors grabbed a 9-4 advantage and held the lead for over half of the opening quarter.

Drexel got hot from the perimeter, however, hitting three treys during the first 10 minutes, seizing the lead on back-to-back buckets from beyond the arc by Meghan Creighton for a 15-13 score. That came as part of a 12-1 break for the Dragons as the Bonnies went over seven minutes without a field goal before Rueter finally broke the cold spell with her second three-pointer of the game to cut to within 23-19 with 2:13 left in the first half.

The Dragons finished the half on a trey from Jessica Pellechio and a traditional three-point play by Kelsi Lidge to take a 29-20 lead into halftime.

Drexel grew its lead to 37-27 following a traditional three-point play from Alexis Smith with 3:51 remaining in the third, but St. Bonaventure had a rally left.

Outlaw keyed the rally with a steal, finishing on a fast break for a 37-29 score. That started a 9-2 burst for the Bonnies powered by Outlaw and sophomore Matea Britvar. Outlaw completed the outburst by driving the baseline and finishing with a one-hander off the glass to bring the Bonnies to within three at 39-36 and 34 seconds remaining in the period.

It would be as close as the Bonnies would get, however, as an SBU foul sent Sarah Curran to the line for two free throws and a 41-36 advantage heading to the fourth.

Senior Katie Healy gave the Bonnies a spark to begin the final period, working underneath for a pair of baskets to bring the score to 44-40 and still 5:41 to go.

Foul trouble began to haunt the Bonnies, though, as Healy was whistled for her fourth foul on the following Drexel possession and forced to the bench. Drexel worked its way into the double bonus just five minutes into the fourth, using free throws to build the lead back to 49-40.

After Ruff made one of two at the line, Drexel pushed its advantage back to double digits on a three-pointer from Kelsi Lidge for a 52-41 tally at the 3:47 mark. A bucket from Healy on the other end cut the deficit back to single digits, but the senior picked up her fifth foul with 2:59 to play.

From there the Bonnies got to within 54-46 following an and-one from Ruff, but Drexel again responded with a basket in the paint on the next possession to cut any momentum.

Curran led all scorers with 23 points including a perfect 9-of-9 at the free throw line. Pellechio added 10 points for the Dragons.

St. Bonaventure will return home to the Reilly Center on Tuesday to host Detroit at 5 p.m.

GAME NOTES: Britvar finished with career highs in points (six) and rebounds (nine), leading the Bonnies on the boards. She also tied a career high in minutes (24) … Cold shooting plagued SBU – the Bonnies shot 30.8 percent (16-of-52) from the floor while Drexel shot 37.3 percent (19-51) … St. Bonaventure outrebounded Drexel by a 40-33 margin and recorded 13 offensive rebounds …  Rueter had both of the Bonnies three-pointers … Saturday marked just the second meeting all-time between St. Bonaventure and Drexel. The Bonnies defeated Drexel on a neutral court last year, holding the Dragons to a program-low 32 points in a 43-32 victory … Drexel won its first round WNIT game at home over Dartmouth before falling to No. 20/19 South Florida … The Bonnies will play seven of their next nine games at home beginning Tuesday vs. Detroit. 

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