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Terry Sparks @BonniesWBB in 51-37 Victory Over Stony Brook

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – In a pair of wins in Florida this past weekend, the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team started fast and never trailed on the way to victory. Though the team traveled over 1,000 miles to return home, the Bonnies brought that momentum with them back to Western New York with an impressive 51-37 win over visiting Stony Brook at the Reilly Center Wednesday evening.

The win is the third straight for the Bonnies, who haven't played from behind in a single second of those wins. Bona improves to 4-3 overall on the year while Stony Brook falls to 2-4.

Also for a third straight contest, freshman Jalisha Terry broke her previous high in scoring by netting a game-high 17 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists in a breakout performance. Gabby Richmond reached double figures for the fourth time this year with 11 points and Mariah Ruff chipped in with nine.

Bona scored the first 14 points of Wednesday's game, but while the offense methodically found its footing, it was what the Bonnies were doing on the defensive end that stood out.

Stony Brook failed to score a point during the first quarter, going 0-for-11 from the field during the opening period, and did not get onto the scoreboard until the game was 11:50 old. While Stony Brook would chip away at its deficit, the Bonnies defense held the visitors to just 22.8 percent shooting (13-57) for the night and 15 percent from long range (5-33).

The Seawolves matched the Bonnies run with one of their own once they finally did score, though, cutting to 14-9 with 4:23 remaining in the half. Another 8-0 break from the hosts pushed the score to 22-9 following a layup from Matea Britvar and the Bonnies ultimately took a 10-point lead to halftime.

Terry put on a show in the opening minutes of the second half, handing full control to the Bonnies as she scored six straight points to ignite another 11-2 run for a 33-16 lead at the 3:54 mark of the third.

Bona led by as many as 20 points during the third quarter, but one last gasp from the Seawolves left the score at 40-31 with 7:38 to play.

Richmond helped squash the rally effort with a mid-range jumper, then drew the foul on the next trip down the court, sinking a pair of free throws to push the lead back to 13. From there the Bonnies' advantage never dropped into single digits.

Davion Wingate was the only double-figure scorer for the Seawolves, finishing with 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

The Bonnies now have a week break before hosting Bucknell on Dec. 6 at the Reilly Center.

GAME NOTES: It is the first three-game winning streak for the Bonnies since winning 16 in a row between Nov. 24, 2015 – Jan. 20, 2016 … Terry is averaging 13.7 points over the last three games … Wednesday was the first time the Bonnies have held an opponent without a point for an entire quarter since holding Colgate scoreless in the first quarter of a victory on Dec. 19, 2015. The 11:50 without a point allowed is the longest by the Bonnies defense to start a game since the women's game moved to quarters for last season … the 37 points allowed by the Bonnies are their fewest since a 59-32 win over Buffalo on Dec. 9, 2015 … Bona has held opponents to 35 percent or worse shooting from the floor in four straight games and 26 percent or worse three times over that span … Britvar led the Bonnies with eight rebounds … St. Bonaventure shot 44.7 percent for the game (21-47) … the Bonnies improved to 4-0 all-time vs. Stony Brook.

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