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@BonniesWBB Stifles Rival Buffalo For 59-32 Victory

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – In the previous four days, the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team recorded a pair of memorable victories, defeating Big East foe Georgetown on Saturday and then one of the winningest programs in NCAA history in James Madison on Monday. The Bonnies added a rivalry win on Wednesday, stifling Buffalo on the way to a 59-32 victory at the Reilly Center.

The Bonnies improve to 7-2 on the season and stretch their winning streak to six straight while Buffalo falls to 6-3.

Senior Katie Healy returned after missing the previous two games due to injury and led all scorers with 15 points, also adding nine rebounds, a season-high six assists and four blocks in just 26 minutes off the bench.

Sophomore Matea Britvar registered career highs in points (10) and rebounds (nine), also recording two blocks. In all, 10 players posted points for St. Bonaventure.

The defensive performance by the Bonnies was one of the strongest in program history – since turning Division I in 1986, St. Bonaventure has allowed fewer points to an opponent just one time, surrendering 28 points in a victory over Rhode Island in 2013.

Buffalo never found rhythm against the Bonnies defense, shooting just 18.6 percent from the floor (11-for-59) and 1-of-19 from beyond the arc.

"UB is a very good, aggressive team. We spent a lot of energy Saturday and Monday so I was really proud of the effort we gave and how our kids helped each other," head coach Jim Crowley said. "The true sign of a team is when someone is struggling, someone else picks it up and we did that today."

Both teams started slow, with the Bonnies holding a 6-2 edge at the first media timeout. Healy then put the hosts in the driver's seat with five straight points and an eight-point edge after the first quarter.

St. Bonaventure went cold to begin the second quarter, going over four and a half minutes without scoring while the Bulls closed to within 14-10 following a pair of buckets from Karin Moss.

The Bonnies came to life, however, on a trey from Nyla Rueter. From there, St. Bonaventure embarked on a 15-1 run to end the half. Freshman Mckenna Maycock posted six points during the run that saw the Bonnies' lead swell to 29-11 when Britvar used the glass for a bucket inside just before intermission.

Buffalo got to within 32-18 following a three-pointer from Joanna Smith with 6:09 left in the third, but the Bonnies immediately pushed the lead again with an 8-1 run as graduate student Kelcie Rombach delivered a pair of shots from long range and a third from just inside the three-point line for a 42-19 score.

From there, the Bonnies never looked back as Buffalo did not crack 30 points until a Katherine Ups free throw with 36 seconds remaining.

"It was a huge boost to get Katie back, but Matea and Kelcie also gave great minutes. Mckenna had great minutes when we needed them when UB was making a run in the second quarter," Crowley said. "They did a great job of playing to their strengths and sharing the ball and giving us some separation."

St. Bonaventure also dominated the boards, outrebounding Buffalo by a 52-30 margin including 14 offensive rebounds. 

The Bonnies continue their marathon stretch of four games in the span of a week by hosting Penn State on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The first 300 fans to Saturday's game will receive a limited edition team poster courtesy of Register Graphics. 

GAME NOTES: The Bonnies held UB to 11 first half points, the fewest points scored by an SBU opponent in a half since limiting Binghamton to nine points in a win on Dec. 3, 2011 ... The 32 points scored by UB were the fewest in any game by the Bulls since an 82-32 loss at Auburn in 2003 ... Maycock registered career highs in scoring (six points) and minutes (15) ... freshman Erin Wood scored her first two career points in Brown and White ... Rombach totaled eight points and two steals ... all 12 Bonnies played ... sophomore Mariah Ruff finished with nine points ... Healy now has 119 career blocks and is just four away from the school record of 123 ... Healy came off the bench for the first time since Dec. 30, 2012 ... the Bonnies shot 41.8 percent from the field (23-of-55) ... St. Bonaventure put up 42 bench points. 

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