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Healy's 22 Leads @BonniesWBB Past La Salle, 70-63

Healy's 22 Leads @BonniesWBB Past La Salle, 70-63

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PHILADELPHIA – Senior Katie Healy registered a team-high 22 points and reached another career milestone, becoming the third St. Bonaventure women's basketball player to surpass 800 career rebounds, as the Bonnies held on for a 70-63 victory at La Salle Saturday afternoon.

Healy connected on 8-of-15 shot attempts, finishing with six rebounds and five assists in 36 minutes to power the win.

Sophomore Mariah Ruff knocked down big shots in the waning minutes, closing with 13 points and four assists.

Saturday's win locks up a top-four seed for the Bonnies (22-5, 11-3 A-10) in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Tournament and a bye through to the quarterfinals.

A tight battle throughout, the Bonnies seemingly seized control at the start of the fourth quarter with a 53-41 lead following a bucket from Matea Britvar.

La Salle (5-22, 2-12 A-10) would not go away quietly on its Senior Day, however, running off the next eight points to close the gap to 53-49 with 7:02 to play.

Four free throws – two each from Healy and Ruff – stretched the lead back to 57-49, but a three-pointer from La Salle's Micahya Owens made it a 57-52 score at the 4:50 mark.

After the Bonnies pushed the lead back to 61-53, and seemingly had things in hand following a three from Ruff for a 64-57 score with 2:06 to play, but back-to-back treys from Adreana Miller cut the game to one possession at 66-63 and 1:24 left.

On the next trip down the floor, a foul on La Salle's Amy Griffin sent senior Nyla Rueter to the line. Rueter sank both shots for a 68-63 margin. A missed layup on the other end by Griffin gave Rueter the defensive rebound.

Healy and Rueter then combined to put the game away as Rueter found Healy underneath for a layup with 35 seconds to go, effectively putting the game on ice.

Neither team could find much separation early before the Bonnies finally got some breathing room with a 22-16 lead at the 7:07 mark.

That was short-lived, however, as 7-0 break from the Explorers put the hosts back on top, 23-22, thanks to an early 18-11 edge in rebounding.

A trey on the left wing from Drummond sparked what became an 11-0 Bona run, though, as the Brown and White pushed out to a 33-23 advantage.

La Salle ended the Bonaventure run just before the half on a three-pointer from Micahya Owens to send the teams to intermission with a 33-26 Bonnies lead.

The Bonnies held Amy Griffin, the Atlantic 10's leading scorer without a point during the opening 20 minutes. Griffin, who entered the game averaging 18.4 points per contest, would not sink her first field goal until the 5:18 mark of the third quarter and finished 3-of-18 from the floor, making seven of her 13 points at the line.

Owens picked up the slack, however, tallying a game-high 24 points including four of La Salle's eight three-pointers (8-of-12).

St. Bonaventure shot 46 percent (23-of-50) while La Salle shot 37.5 percent (21-of-56).

Miranda Drummond contributed 12 points while Gabby Richmond was strong off the bench, chipping in with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Next up for the Bonnies is a trip to Fordham on Wednesday.

GAME NOTES: The Bonnies' 11 wins in conference play tie the second-most in school history, joining the 2013-14 team … St. Bonaventure has earned more wins in a season just four times … Healy (802 rebounds) joins Sue Shay (952) and Missy Ward (856) as the only three players in Bonnies history with 800+ career rebounds … the Bonnies entered the day ranked No. 34 in the national RPI.