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@BonniesWBB Captures 73-68 Win at Stony Brook in Double Overtime Thriller

@BonniesWBB Captures 73-68 Win at Stony Brook in Double Overtime Thriller

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The calendar turned to December on Tuesday, but the St. Bonaventure women's basketball contest at Stony Brook felt more like the type of back-and-forth drama saved for March. In the end, the Bonnies came away with a thrilling win in double overtime, 73-68.

The victory gives the Bonnies three straight triumphs and improves their record to 4-2 overall while Stony Brook sees its record even at 3-3.

Senior Katie Healy posted a game-high 26 points on 11-of-20 shooting, adding six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Fellow senior Nyla Rueter had 11 points as did sophomore Miranda Drummond.

For much of the second half it appeared as though the Bonnies had things in control. St. Bonaventure led for over 30 minutes including a 47-38 advantage with 7:58 to play following six straight points from Healy.

The Bonaventure lead stood at 51-45 with five minutes to play after sophomore Matea Britvar used the glass for a bucket inside, but Stony Brook then grabbed the momentum as the Bonnies went cold from the floor.

A scoreless drought of five minutes by the Bonnies allowed the Seawolves to draw closer and ultimately put themselves in the driver's seat. Stony Brook took its first lead since the first quarter with 1:03 remaining when Christa Scognamilglio sank a jumper to put the hosts ahead, 52-51.

A missed layup with 35 seconds to go on the offensive end left the Bonnies needing a stop, but Stony Brook's Kori Bayne-Walker drove to the basket for a 54-51 lead and just six seconds to go.

Following a St. Bonaventure timeout, Drummond worked herself free at the top of the key. Sophomore Mariah Ruff dished to Drummond where she delivered the biggest shot of her young career in Brown and White, sinking a three-pointer for the tie as the buzzer sounded to send the game into overtime tied at 54-54.

In overtime, Ruff drove the lane for the first points of the extra period, but the Seawolves answered with a three-pointer from Scognamilglio and would lead until the 1:40 mark when Healy made one of two at the line to bring the Bonnies within 61-60.

Rueter came away with a steal on the defensive end, opening the door for Ruff to again go strong to the hoop for a 62-61 lead and just eight seconds to go.

Another Seawolves turnover gave the ball back to the Bonnies and, following a foul, Healy made one of two at the line for a 63-61 score and six seconds left.

This time it would be Stony Brook's turn for heroics as Bayne-Walker worked the lane, finishing with one hand off the glass with 0.4 seconds remaining to tie the game, sending things to a second overtime.

Stony Brook scored first in the second overtime, but St. Bonaventure would score on three straight trips down the court as Healy began to take over. She scored a pair of layups and found fellow senior Emily Michael underneath for another as the Bonnies grabbed a 71-67 advantage with 1:29 to go.

Two offensive rebounds gave Stony Brook three chances on its next trip down the floor, but the Seawolves could not convert. Another bucket in the paint from Healy effectively put the game on ice for the Bonnies.

Scognamiglio registered 19 points to lead the Seawolves.

The teams exchanged the lead 12 times on the night, with St. Bonaventure keeping itself ahead for much of the evening thanks to shooting 50 percent from the floor (32-64), including 8-13 in the overtime periods.  

St. Bonaventure now returns home to face Big East foe Georgetown at the Reilly Center on Saturday with tipoff scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

GAME NOTES: With her six rebounds Tuesday night, Healy moves into fifth place all-time in St. Bonaventure history with 671 for her career. She passed Hilary Waltman in the Bonnies record books (669, 1995-99) ... Tuesday was the 100th career game for both Healy and Rueter ... the Bonnies have now shot 50 percent or better in each of the last three games ... Stony Brook held a 45-29 edge on the boards ... the Bonnies scored a season-best 46 points in the paint ... Healy tallied 11 points in the two overtime periods ... Tuesday marked the first double overtime game for the Bonnies since Nov. 24, 2012 (a 72-71 setback vs. North Texas in the New Mexico Tournament) and their first win in double OT since Feb. 24, 2006 vs. Richmond (75-72).

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