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Hot Second Half Pushes EMU Past @BonniesWBB

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YPSILANTI, Mich. – It was a tale of two halves Friday morning at the EMU Convocation Center as the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team led for nearly the entire first half after a strong start, but the host Eagles roared back with a dominating second half to take a 75-56 victory.

Both teams stand at 4-5 overall on the season.

Three Bonnies found double-figure scoring – Mariah Ruff filled the stat sheet with 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Gabby Richmond narrowly missed a double-double, finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds. Jalisha Terry also notched 13 points on the day.

Unfortunately for the Bonnies, too much of that scoring came during an impressive first half that saw the visitors begin the game on an 8-0 run. Bona stretched the lead to 19-11 following a layup from Matea Britvar with just 27 seconds left in the first quarter.

The second period saw the Eagles claw their way back in front of a raucous crowd of youngsters on Education Day. EMU took its first lead at 23-22 following a three-pointer by Sasha Dailey and the teams traded the lead back and forth as Dailey and Ruff each connected from long range.

A 9-3 break by the Bonnies late in the half sparked by the trio of Ruff, Richmond and Terry pushed the advantage back to 34-28 following a bucket by Terry. EMU closed the half strong, however, and the lead was just 36-35 at intermission.

Bona owned a 41-37 advantage following a triple from Sarah Hart at the 7:32 mark of the third, but the Eagles then began their push.

A 15-4 run from EMU sent the hosts ahead, 52-45, though the Bonnies found back-to-back layups from Mckenna Maycock and Richmond to cut their deficit to just 52-49 heading for the fourth.

The final period belonged to the Eagles, who outscored the Bonnies by a 23-7 margin during the final quarter to put away any doubt.

Bona did a good job of limiting Dailey, who entered the game ranking 13th in the nation by averaging over 21 points per game but finished with nine Friday. Dailey's teammates more than picked up the slack, though, as Micah Robinson tallied a game-high 21 points with Sheyna Deans adding 16 points and nine boards. Phillis Webb finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.

EMU did much of its damage from long range, connecting on 10 three-pointers. Bona matched its season high with six threes. The Eagles shot 42 percent (25-59) from the floor, but 50 percent from long range (10-20) and while the Bonnies shot better than 48 percent during the first half, a 1-for-14 fourth quarter left them at 35 percent for the game.

Next up for the Bonnies is another Midwest road contest vs. a Mid-American Conference foe as they face Toledo on Sunday at noon.

GAME NOTES: Friday had a special 11:00 a.m. start time as it was an Education Day special with local elementary school students in attendance … it was just the second meeting all-time between St. Bonaventure and Eastern Michigan, with the first coming at the University of Pittsburgh Lady Panther Invitational in November 1988 … Friday's game was a homecoming of sorts for Terry as well as assistant coaches Andrea Mulcahy and Jennifer Pruett who are all Michigan natives … Maycock finished with six points and seven rebounds off the bench, scoring all of Bona's bench points … Ruff has scored in double figures seven times this season while Terry has scored 10 or more points in four of the last five games.

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