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HAMILTON, N.Y. – Senior Nyla Rueter caught fire from the floor during the third quarter, scoring 17 of her game-high 21 points during the period, while classmate Katie Healy broke the school record for career blocks as the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team sailed to a 62-38 victory at Colgate Saturday afternoon.
Rueter connected on 7-of-12 shot attempts including five three-pointers, all coming during a 22-3 Bonnies blitz to start the second half which put the game away.
Healy, meanwhile, swatted three shots during the day and broke the St. Bonaventure record for career blocks with two during the first quarter. The Lancaster native now has 125 blocks during her time in Brown and White, surpassing the previous record of 123 set by Vachelle Manly in 1992.
The Bonnies improved to 9-2 on the season while Colgate slumps to 1-8.
During the early going, both teams had the look of squads that had been off a week for finals. The Bonnies scored five quick points, but then went silent offensively for over eight minutes before a Gabby Richmond layup and Kelcie Rombach three-pointer at the quarter buzzer broke the drought.
While St. Bonaventure's offense sputtered, its defense did not falter as the Bonnies did not allow Colgate to score a single point during the opening 10 minutes, taking a 10-0 lead after one quarter of play.
Colgate hit just two of its first 20 shot attempts against the Bonaventure defense, but eventually closed to within 12-8 with 3:45 left in the half. The Bonnies finally came alive offensively, though, hitting their last four field goals to take a 21-12 lead into intermission after a basket from Rueter.
The senior sharpshooter was nearly unstoppable as the second half began, drilling five quick threes as the Bonnies lead exploded to 43-15 during the first six and half minutes out of the locker room. The Brown and White shook off the rust of the early minutes, hitting on nearly 61 percent of its attempts from the field during the second half (14-for-23).
The Bonnies outscored Colgate by a 24-7 margin during the third quarter and from there Bona never relinquished control, limiting Colgate to just 25 percent shooting for the game (14-for-56).
Katie Curtis led Colgate with 14 points.
The Bonnies owned a 43-31 advantage in rebounding, led by Miranda Drummond's 11 rebounds and Gabby Richmond who finished with nine points and eight boards.
St. Bonaventure returns home to the Reilly Center to host Little Three rival Niagara on Wednesday at 12 noon. All kids 17 and under will be admitted to the game free with a paid adult. Adult tickets are just $5.
GAME NOTES: St. Bonaventure held Colgate, which had played UConn and Gonzaga in its past two games, well below its season average of 59.5 points per game and the 38 points scored by the Raiders are their fewest since a 66-35 loss at Georgia on Nov. 26, 2014 ... Colgate did not score for the first 11:57 of game time to begin the contest ... Emily Michael handed out a team-best six assists … freshman Mckenna Maycock registered a career-high seven points … all 12 Bonnies logged minutes …the Bonnies held an opponent scoreless for an entire quarter for the first time … Colgate's 12 points in the first half were the second fewest by an opponent this season. Buffalo posted 11 points in the first half of St. Bonaventure's 59-32 victory over the Bulls last Wednesday … St. Bonaventure has its first eight-game winning streak since winning 18 in a row during the 2011-12 season. The Bonnies reached the Sweet 16 that season. At 9-2, the Bonnies also have their best start since that year.