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NEWARK, Del. – Saturday night's matchup for the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team at Delaware was a titanic defensive battle, but it would be the host Blue Hens who came out on top, 43-40, at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Mariah Ruff in the final 90 seconds brought the Bonnies to within a point and a defensive stand gave the visitors the opportunity for a victory in the waning seconds.
The Bonnies had the ball with an opportunity to win, down 41-40 with 22 seconds remaining. A timeout left under 15 seconds to go and the Brown and White pushed the ball inside to Matea Britvar. The junior found space around her defender and her lay-up effort from the center of the lane went around the rim and out with the Blue Hens pulling down the rebound with less than a second to go. A pair of free throws at the other end made it a three-point game and a full-court heave from Ruff was just off the mark as time expired.
Ruff finished with a team-high 11 points along with four assists while Britvar tallied eight points and six rebounds. Gabby Richmond pulled down 10 rebounds along with six points.
In a game where neither team fully found its footing offensively, Delaware (3-0) came up with enough offense late to pull away in a contest that was in doubt throughout.
St. Bonaventure (1-3) did what it needed to do on the defensive end, but a long scoring drought during the first half left Bona playing from behind.
Ruff scored two early baskets, but her bucket at the 5:42 mark of the first period that tied the game at 4-4 ended up being the start of a cold spell. After that basket, the Bonnies would find just one more point in the first period – a free throw from Ruff – as Delaware took a 12-5 advantage to the second stanza.
From there, the Bonnies would have to wait until 3:36 remaining in the first half before they would find their next points – a driving layup from Mckenna Maycock. Luckily, though, Delaware remained nearly as cold from the floor, making just five of its 32 attempts during the first half for an anemic 15.6 percent against the Bonnies defense.
Bona held the Blue Hens without a point over the final 6:34 of the half, pulling to a 14-10 score at halftime.
The Bonnies drew even with Delaware at 16-16 following an and-one from Jalisha Terry and a trey off the hands of Danielle Migliore with just over four minutes left in the third. The teams were not separated by more than four points during the third quarter, with UD holding a narrow 28-26 edge following Gabby Richmond's put-back just before the buzzer.
Delaware stretched its lead to double digits for the first time with a 10-2 break, but Bona counterpunched with back-to-back layups from Matea Britvar for a 38-32 score with 3:29 to play. St. Bonaventure continued to pull closer as Britvar tallied six straight points, setting up the final moments.
Nicole Enabosi had a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds and Erika Brown posted 12 for the Blue Hens.
Bona finished the night shooting 30 percent (15-50) from the floor and Delaware shot at a 23.6 clip (13-55).
Next up for the Bonnies is a trip to Orlando for the UCF Thanksgiving Classic. Bona will take on Austin Peay Nov. 26 and then face Rider the following day from the Sunshine State.
GAME NOTES: Freshmen Jalisha Terry and Sarah Hart each made their first career starts as the Bonnies used their second starting lineup in four games … Saturday night marked just the third meeting between the teams all-time and Bonaventure's second trip to the Bob Carpenter Center. The teams had not met since 2012 … Richmond has recorded 10 or more rebounds in three of four games this season.
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