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Second Half Charge Falls Short in 61-54 @BonniesWBB Setback at Richmond

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RICHMOND, Va. – First half runs from host Richmond were enough to overcome a second half charge from the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team as the Spiders held off the Bonnies, 61-54, Sunday afternoon at the Robins Center.

Gabby Richmond tallied her third double-double of the season with a game-high 18 points along with 10 rebounds while Mariah Ruff added 12 points, four boards and three assists. The Bonnies received sparks off the bench from Mckenna Maycock, who hauled in a career best 12 rebounds, and Rhianna Council, who also tallied a career high with eight points along with four rebounds.

St. Bonaventure dropped its third straight game by single digits and  now stands 6-10 on the season and 1-3 in Atlantic 10 play while Richmond improves to 8-8, 2-1.

The Bonnies started as cold as the single digit temperatures outside, opening 2-of-13 from the floor. That drought allowed the Spiders to embark on a 9-0 run for a 13-4 advantage before Ruff's jumper with just over 90 seconds left in the first quarter ended a six-minute scoring dearth.

Another Spiders run – this time a 7-0 break – pushed the lead back to 24-11 at the 6:11 mark of the second quarter. Eleven first half points from Gabby Richmond allowed the Bonnies to cut the deficit to single digits multiple times late in the half, but the Spiders ultimately took a 33-22 advantage into intermission.

Bona started the second half with a third quarter 7-0 run to cut within 37-34, but while the Bonnies defense held Richmond to 1-of-11 shooting to start the period, a two and a half minute Bona scoring lapse kept the deficit at three.

The Bonnies got to a 40-38 score following a Ruff layup, but the Spiders soon extended their advantage back to six before a free throw from Gabby Richmond at the end of the period brought the score to 45-39 heading for the fourth.

A Janelle Hubbard three-pointer opened the final period as the Spiders' lead grew back to double digits. Bona had another surge left, however.

A pair of buckets from Council and a coast-to-coast drive by Jalisha Terry brought the Bonnies to a 55-51 score with 2:08 remaining.

A Spiders foul forced Gabby Richmond to the line where she then made one of two attempts to make it a one possession game.

As the clock ticked under a minute, Hubbard drove the baseline for a bucket and a 57-52 lead with 45 seconds to play. Hubbard's drive effectively ended the Bonnies' rally effort as the visitors would pull no closer.

Hubbard tallied 16 points off the bench for Richmond while Regan Wiseman finished with 11 points and Lauren Tolson added nine points and 14 rebounds.

St. Bonaventure returns to action Wednesday with a trip to Saint Louis. Bona's game against the Billikens will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network with tip off scheduled for noon (11 a.m. CST).

GAME NOTES:

  • Sunday's game was originally scheduled for a Saturday tipoff at 3 p.m. but was pushed back a day due to a winter storm impacting the area over the weekend.
  • Bona shot 32.8 percent from the floor (22-67), but just 1-of-13 from long range. Richmond connected on 33.9 percent of its attempts (20-59) and went 6-of-24 from deep.
  • The 67 field goal attempts by the Bonnies tie a season high.
  • Maycock's 12 rebounds are the most by any Bonnies player this season.
  • Terry finished with eight points and a career high seven rebounds to go along with three assists.
  • Richmond leads the all-time series, 12-8. St. Bonaventure is 2-7 all-time at Richmond and continues to fight a jinx in the state of Virginia, dropping nine straight games there dating to 2014.
  • Britvar, Richmond and Sarah Hart all had two blocks apiece.
  • The Bonnies had 36 points in the paint. They've scored more just once this year – 38 vs. Colgate in November. 

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