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Offense Comes Alive For @BonniesWBB In 84-73 Victory Over Detroit

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team entered its contest with Detroit in an offensive slump, averaging just over 52 points per game over its first three outings. The Bonnies put an end to those offensive issues Tuesday, however, by coming alive with an 84-73 victory inside the Reilly Center.

With the win, the Bonnies improve to 2-2 overall on the season while Detroit falls to 0-4.

Four Bonnies scored in double figures, led by a game-high 21 points from senior Nyla Rueter as the Brown and White shot over 51 percent from the floor. Senior Katie Healy registered 19 points while sophomore Mariah Ruff posted 12 points and graduate student Kelcie Rombach tied a career high with 11 points.

It was the highest point production for the Bonnies since an 88-66 win at UMass on Feb. 8, 2014, and their best shooting performance since connecting on 53 percent of their shots in a win over Rhode Island on Feb. 8.

Things started fast for the Bonnies as they raced out to a 10-2 lead in the first 87 seconds behind five points apiece from Rueter and sophomore Miranda Drummond. St. Bonaventure went 10-of-16 from the floor during the first period, stretching the cushion to 26-12 on back-to-back jumpers from Rombach.

The Bonnies nearly matched their season total for three-pointers entering the day (six) with five shots from long range during the first half as they shot a red hot 57 percent (21-37) from the field during the opening 20 minutes.

St. Bonaventure went to intermission with a 52-36 advantage, with its largest lead being 21 points late in the second period. Detroit opened the second half on an 11-4 break, however, to get within 58-47, but foul shots from Rueter and Emily Michael helped stem the tide before Ruff went strong to the basket for a 64-47 score at the 4:23 mark of the third.

The lead moved to 70-56 heading to the final period, but the Titans refused to go away. Detroit cut its deficit to 76-68 following a basket in the lane from Brianne Cohen with 2:39 to play, but Gabby Richmond worked underneath for a layup to push the lead back to double digits.

A fast break bucket from Detroit's Nicole Urbanick brought the visitors within 78-70 with 1:38 remaining, but a Titans foul sent Rueter back to the line where she remained perfect with a pair of shots to push the lead back out to 10 and the visitors never got any closer.

"Detroit put a lot of pressure on our defense and they kept coming. That's a credit to them," Bonnies head coach Jim Crowley said.

Reynolds tallied 19 points and 13 rebounds and Cohen finished with 19 points and eight boards to lead the Titans.

"We shot the ball a lot better. We didn't defend as a team, but we put the ball in the basket and that cures a lot of ills," Crowley assessed. "We did some pretty good things tonight; we moved the ball a lot better. We had 17 assists; we were pretty unselfish and made the defense work a lot harder."

St. Bonaventure will return to action Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. vs. Toledo at the Reilly Center.

GAME NOTES: The Bonnies topped 80 points in a game for the first time since defeating Charlotte at home in the first round of the 2014 WNIT, 81-62, on Feb. 21, 2014 … Ruff handed out a career-high six assists. Her previous high was five vs. Georgetown last year … Healy led the Bonnies on the boards with seven rebounds to give her 658 for her career … Healy also went 8-of-11 from the floor Tuesday … Rueter was a perfect 8-of-8 from the line … St. Bonaventure had a season-low eight turnovers … The 17 assists for the Bonnies are the most for the Brown and White since the win over Rhode Island last February … Rombach went 5-of-7 from the floor, setting a career-best for field goals made … With 52 points in the first half, the Bonnies tallied 50+ points in a half for the first time since the 2014 WNIT contest vs. Charlotte … St. Bonaventure improved to 6-1 vs. current members of the Horizon League since the 2000-01 season ... Rueter's 21 points are the most in a game by a Bonnies player this season.

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