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@BonniesWBB Stretches Winning Streak To Four With 69-54 Win Over Georgetown

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ST. BONAVENTURE – The trio of senior Nyla Rueter, redshirt junior Gabby Richmond and sophomore Miranda Drummond provided the offense – 49 combined points – and the St. Bonaventure defense came through when needed as the Bonnies pulled away late for a 69-54 victory over visiting Georgetown on Saturday afternoon at the Reilly Center.

The St. Bonaventure winning streak is now four straight as the Bonnies improve to 5-2 overall while the Big East member Hoyas now stand at 5-2 as well.

Richmond, making her first start of the year in place of leading scorer Katie Healy who missed Saturday's game with an injury, delivered 17 points to go along with the 17 from Drummond. The sophomore again tied a career-high with Saturday's effort. Rueter registered 15 points and paced the team in rebounds (seven) and three-pointers (five).

St. Bonaventure had shot 50 percent or better in its previous three victories and kept its hot shooting alive by hitting 15-of-28 shot attempts during the second half (53.6 percent), finishing at 47.3 percent (26-of-55) for the day. The Bonnies also handed out a season-high 20 assists, led by a career-high seven from sophomore Mariah Ruff.

"I loved how we shared the basketball, we did a great job of making the extra pass and our spacing was really good," Bonnies head coach Jim Crowley said.

Georgetown led 8-2 in the first four minutes as the Bonnies opened cold. Early on it was Dominique Vitalis doing the damage for Georgetown, putting up eight points in the first five minutes.

A three-pointer from Rueter off an assist from graduate student Emily Michael turned the tide.

"We weren't pushing back, we were settling from some jump shots," Crowley said of his team's early play. "Emily made a great play to really push the ball on the rebound and then got Nyla a rhythm shot. I think that took the burden off everybody and made us say we were fine."

Though Vitalis would finish with nine rebounds, she would remain stuck on eight points the rest of the way. St. Bonaventure's defense stifled Georgetown during the second quarter, leaving the Hoyas without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes as the Bonnies took charge during the second period.

A 16-2 run gave the Bonnies control as the hosts would race ahead, 32-19, following work in the paint by Richmond with 51 seconds left in the half. The Hoyas finally scored their first field goal of the second quarter just 39 seconds before intermission, ultimately sending things to halftime with the Bonnies holding a 33-24 advantage.

Ruff made sure the momentum remained in favor of the Bonnies out of the locker room, notching five quick points before Rueter found Richmond in transition for a 42-27 lead and a timeout from the Hoyas at the 7:34 mark.

Near the end of the quarter, Rueter sank a pair of shots from long range to stretch the lead to 54-41, but Georgetown's Dionna White got loose on a fast-break to start a traditional three-point play for a 54-44 score. That started a quick 5-0 break for the Hoyas to cut within eight as the fourth quarter began.

Junior Imani Outlaw found sophomore Matea Britvar underneath as the shot clock expired to start the fourth, stretching the edge back to double digits.

A Georgetown basket cut the lead back to 56-48, but on the next offensive possession, Ruff fought off two Hoyas for an offensive rebound and then dished to Drummond who sank a three-pointer for a 59-48 advantage.

From there, the Bonnies never led by less than 10 the rest of the way, holding Georgetown to eight fourth quarter points.

White led Georgetown with 18 points and Dorothy Adomako posted 10.

"I was very confident in this group and I knew we would battle," Crowley said of his team. "There was never a doubt in my mind they were going to fight for one another."

Next up, the Bonnies will face a quick turnaround against a historically strong James Madison squad on Monday night at 7 p.m. inside the Reilly Center.

GAME NOTES: The Bonnies sank a season-high 10 three-pointers, their most since hitting 12 vs. Rhode Island on Feb. 8 ... Ruff's seven assists topped her previous high of six set just last week vs. Detroit ... St. Bonaventure is now 2-0 all-time vs. Georgetown, winning on the road, 70-64, last year ... the Bonnies are now 6-7 vs. power five conference teams plus the Big East and American since 2011-12 ... Britvar finished with six points and two blocks ... Outlaw also had six points and three assists ... freshman Mckenna Maycock tallied a career-high four rebounds in nine minutes off the bench ... the trio of Drummond, Richmond and Rueter went 18-of-35 from the floor ... Drummond now has matched her career-high of 17 points three times including twice in the past week - she also reached the total in last Sunday's victory over Toledo. Her three treys on Saturday also mark a career-best.