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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Sophomore Miranda Drummond netted 23 points on a career-best six three-pointers to help the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team overcome a slow start and race past visiting Niagara, 67-55, on Wednesday afternoon at the Reilly Center.
The Bonnies won their ninth straight game and improve to 10-2 overall on the season while Niagara falls to 1-9.
Senior Katie Healy delivered her second double-double of the year with 14 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four assists and three blocks. She moved into fourth place all-time in SBU rebounds with her effort, hauling in her 700th board late in the fourth quarter.
A strong end to the first half and a dominating third quarter keyed the Bonnies' victory as St. Bonaventure opened a 14-0 run encompassing the final two-plus minutes of the first half and opening moments of the third quarter.
"Niagara played with great effort and was very well-prepared. They came right after us," Bonnies head coach Jim Crowley said. "We had another really good third quarter. At the end of the day we did what we needed to have the right result."
After holding the lead for 30 minutes or more in six of their past eight games, the Bonnies found themselves in an unfamiliar position – trailing during the early going. Niagara started fast, hitting four of its first five field goal attempts, and grabbed an early 13-5 advantage.
Bona closed to within four, but Niagara would push ahead, seizing a 28-20 cushion following a shot from long range by Emily Granruth with 2:57 remaining in the half.
St. Bonaventure closed the half on an 8-0 break, however, powered by back-to-back three-point balls from Drummond for a 28-all score at intermission.
Mariah Ruff sank the first shot of the second half, giving the Bonnies their first lead since the opening minute.
After the Bonnies ran their lead to 34-28, Niagara answered back to cut the lead to 34-33 following another trey from Granruth.
Each time the Brown and White needed a spark offensively, Drummond stepped up, though, answering back with another corner three.
That would be as close as Niagara would get as St. Bonaventure outscored the Purple Eagles by a 17-8 margin in the third, opening the lead to as much as 17 points during the fourth quarter.
Drummond connected on seven of 11 shot attempts including going 6-of-10 from beyond the arc, also adding six rebounds.
Ruff posted nine points, four assists and a career-high three blocks. Gabby Richmond pitched in with six points and six rebounds off the bench.
Sam Lapszynski tallied a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Purple Eagles.
St. Bonaventure returns to action on Dec. 29 at Canisius to close out non-conference play.
GAME NOTES: The Bonnies have now won 25 of their last 26 games over Big 4 rivals Niagara, Buffalo and Canisius … St. Bonaventure has scored nine straight victories vs. Niagara and 22 in a row at home, not dropping a game at the Reilly Center vs. the Purple Eagles since 1981 … SBU shot 23-of-55 from the floor (41.9 percent) while holding Niagara to 33.3 percent (20-60) ... Healy passed Ann Hefke's 693 career rebounds to move into fourth all-time in SBU rebounding ... it was also the 72nd career game of double-figure scoring for Healy, breaking a tie for eighth all-time in program history with current assistant coach Jessica Jenkins ... Bonnies opponents have now shot 35 percent or worse in the last six games ... SBU tied a season high with eight blocks ... the nine 3-pointers by the Bonnies were one off a season high.
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