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@BonniesWBB Takes Winning Streak To Ten With 59-47 Victory at Canisius

@BonniesWBB Takes Winning Streak To Ten With 59-47 Victory at Canisius

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BUFFALO – Playing in front of her hometown crowd, senior Katie Healy gave those who came to watch the Lancaster native plenty to cheer about by netting 25 points with 12 rebounds in a 59-47 victory for the St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team over Canisius at the Koessler Athletic Center.

It was a memorable night for Healy statistically - with seven first half rebounds, she moved into third place all-time in St. Bonaventure history by passing Dana Mitchell's 706, finishing the night with 712. She also jumped from 11th to eighth in Bonaventure scoring with 1,423 career points.

The victory gives St. Bonaventure 10 straight wins, its longest winning streak since the 2011-12 Sweet 16 season. The Bonnies complete non-conference play at 11-2 overall while Canisius falls to 7-4.

Sophomore Mariah Ruff added a season-best 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting while also handing out four assists.

"I was very pleased with our defensive effort," Bonnies head coach Jim Crowley said. "I thought everyone who got on the floor for us did an excellent job defensively. Katie and Mariah made some plays for us and we were able to get a little separation and make plays down the stretch to finish it off."

Healy was dominating for the Brown and White, taking control inside throughout the first half. The senior scored St. Bonaventure's first six points and eight of its opening 11 on the way to 16 points and seven rebounds in the first half alone.

After taking a 15-12 edge after one quarter, the Bonnies stretched the lead to 23-14 with a 10-2 run while holding Canisius scoreless for the first four and a half minutes of the second quarter.  

A pair of free throws from Healy gave the Bonnies their first lead of double digits, 29-18, but a basket from Saliah Serrette sent the teams to intermission with a 29-20 score.

Ruff gave the Bonnies a spark out of the locker room, registering the first six points of the half as the visitors extended their lead to 35-22 with 7:56 remaining in the third.

The cushion would be short-lived, however, as the Golden Griffs soon fought to within 36-29 following a 3-pointer from Lauren D'Hont with 6:04 left in the period.

St. Bonaventure would grow its lead back out to double digits with a 6-0 break to end the quarter, capped on a jumper from the corner by Nyla Rueter just before the horn sounded for a 46-35 advantage heading for the fourth.

A jumper from the wing by Matea Britvar and a pair of Healy free throws stretched the cushion to 50-35 as the Bonnies defense again held the Griffs without a point for the first four-plus minutes of the final quarter. From there, St. Bonaventure never saw its lead go below double digits.

The Bonnies finished the night shooting 41.1 percent from the floor (23-of-56) while holding Canisius to 33.3 percent (18-54). The MAAC leaders in field goal percentage entering the day, Canisius had averaged 43.3 percent from the floor in its previous 10 games. The Golden Griffs had also shot over 40 percent from beyond the arc for the season entering Tuesday, but connected on just 28.6 percent of three-point tries (4-14) against the Bona defense.

St. Bonaventure also won the battle of the boards by a 42-27 margin with reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week Miranda Drummond as well as Gabby Richmond each hauling in seven rebounds apiece.

No Canisius player cracked double figures as D'Hont led the way with nine points. The Bonnies held two Griffs starters - Crystal Porter and Abby Schwenk - to zero points.

St. Bonaventure will begin Atlantic 10 play with a trip to Rhode Island on Sunday. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

GAME NOTES: St. Bonaventure went a perfect 8-0 during the month of December for its first-ever undefeated December since turning Division I for the 1986-87 season … the Bonnies have held seven straight opponents to under 35 percent shooting from the floor …  Canisius entered the game as winners of seven of its previous eight contests and led the MAAC in both field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense … St. Bonaventure held Canisius to eight second quarter points - the Bonnies have limited opponents to single digits in 11 different quarters this season ... the Brown and White have won more than 11 non-conference games just three times: the 2007-08 and 09-10 teams won 12 non-conference games. In 2011-12, the Bonnies won a record 13 non-conference games (13-2) … Richmond made 4-of-7 attempts from the field for eight points while Drummond logged seven points … Healy has three double-doubles this year including in back-to-back games ... St. Bonaventure has won 10 straight games over Canisius and 26 of its last 27 games against Big 4 rivals dating to 2006.

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