ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team finished the game on a 36-6 run to put away Edinboro, 50-25, in exhibition action Saturday afternoon at the Reilly Center.
Junior guard and preseason All-Atlantic 10 pick Mariah Ruff led all scorers with 16 points, adding eight rebounds and three assists, while junior forward Matea Britvar posted nine points and graduate forward Gabby Richmond hauled in 12 rebounds.
"I liked our response in the second half and I think we finished really strong," said Bonnies head coach Jesse Fleming, who was in his first game at the helm. "Mariah kind of took the team on her back and everyone else started to follow suit."
Points were at a premium for both sides in the early going as the Bonnies held a 6-2 lead after the first quarter.
Though Bona struggled to find rhythm offensively, it did not allow Edinboro to score from the 9:48 mark of the first quarter until 8:41 remaining in the second.
"The first half was a reflection of people in new roles and they need to understand they can't wait for things to happen," Fleming assessed. "We were able to defend well and that allowed us to come back and make a run."
Edinboro gained a 13-11 halftime lead and moved ahead, 19-14, with 6:57 remaining in the third following a jumper from Nicole Johnson.
From there the tide would completely change, however, with the rally ignited by Ruff. The former Miss New York Basketball pulled down a rebound, scoring in transition to end Edinboro's run, and then found Britvar underneath on the next possession to cut the deficit to one.
More work in the lane from Britvar put the Bonnies ahead, 20-19, at the 3:30 mark.
The Bonnies would never trail again.
Ruff continued to facilitate the offense, first finding Mckenna Maycock for a layup, then scoring the final eight points of the quarter including back-to-back three-pointers for a 30-19 advantage after 30 minutes.
The Bonnies defense was relentless from that point, limiting the Fighting Scots to just 19 percent shooting from the floor during the second half.
Bona owned a 52-30 advantage on the boards for the day with Maycock finishing with seven rebounds while freshman Sarah Hart also brought down seven as well.
All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference guard Katie Fischer paced Edinboro with 12 points.
The Bonnies open the regular season Friday, Nov. 11 at Niagara and return to the Reilly Center for the home-opener on Sunday, Nov. 13.
NOTES: Five freshmen made their Bonnies debuts on Saturday – along with Hart, Jalisha Terry played 22 minutes with three points while Rhianna Council recorded six points off the bench. Danielle Migliore finished with three points and three rebounds and Sarah Young made her debut as well … Bona has won its exhibition game over Edinboro in seven straight seasons … the Bonnies had 10 assists with Imani Outlaw handing out a team-high four.
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