RICHMOND – Senior Katie Healy tallied a game-high 19 points along with nine rebounds, but it would not be enough as VCU held off the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team, 52-47, on Wednesday night at the Siegel Center.
St. Bonaventure now stands at 19-4 overall on the season and 8-2 in Atlantic 10 play while VCU improves to 16-7, 5-5.
Cold shooting plagued the Bonnies during the second half – the visitors went 8-of-26 after intermission while VCU was 11-for-27.
Healy was outstanding early, scoring St. Bonaventure's first 12 points including 10 during the opening period as the teams fought to a 10-10 deadlock.
The senior would pick up her second foul with 7:36 left in the half, however, and would head to the bench for the remainder of the period.
St. Bonaventure owned a three-point edge at 16-13 when Healy went to the bench, and the Bonnies were able to maintain their advantage with their leading scorer sitting.
The Bonnies limited VCU to just of 8-of-31 shooting during the first half, taking a 23-19 lead to intermission.
Despite a cold third quarter, the Bonnies held the edge for nearly the entire period until Isis Thorpe drained a three at the buzzer for a 32-31 Rams lead heading for the final quarter.
The two teams shared the lead back and forth for the first portion of the fourth quarter, but a trey from Ashley Pegram pushed the hosts up, 37-33.
Mariah Ruff immediately answered with a pull-up jumper in the lane to bring the SBU deficit to just two with 7:40 to go.
The Brown and White fought an uphill battle the rest of the way, though, unable to string enough offense together to get past the Rams.
With the VCU lead at 45-39, Nyla Rueter sank a trey to cut the Rams lead to three with 1:17 remaining.
VCU's Adaeze Alaeze answered with an up-and-under on the next possession, however, to extend the lead back to 47-42.
A foul put Healy at the line and she sank both for a 47-44 score with 44 seconds remaining before VCU's Keira Robinson then made one of two at the stripe for a 48-44 tally.
Another jumper from Ruff, who scored eight points during the fourth, made it a 48-46 score with 37 seconds left.
Robinson calmly made both at the line after a Bonnies foul, though, and VCU's lead would never drop below four points again.
Ruff finished with 10 points and Rueter notched eight to move into 18th all-time in Bonnies scoring with 1,071 career points.
Alaeze powered VCU with 12 points while Thorpe added 11.
VCU, one of the league's top rebounding teams this season, held a 39-36 margin on the boards for the night. The Rams, who entered the evening ranked second in the A-10 in scoring defense behind only St. Bonaventure, limited the Bonnies to just 2-of-11 from long range.
St. Bonaventure will have a week off before hosting Saint Louis on Feb. 10 at the Reilly Center.
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