AMHERST, Mass. – The road has been a spot of trouble this season for the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team, but the Bonnies showed no signs of travel woes Thursday in a 55-38 victory over UMass at the Mullins Center.
Junior Mariah Ruff led an all-around team effort with a game-high 17 points, adding six assists and five rebounds. Graduate student Gabby Richmond added nine points and seven rebounds while sophomore Mckenna Maycock tallied nine points, five rebounds and four assists.
The Bonnies (7-12, 2-5 Atlantic 10) led for 37:50 of game time and trailed just once, by a point at the 8:06 mark of the first quarter.
Bona opened an eight-point lead at halftime and ended any doubt with a 14-3 run in the fourth quarter. The Bonnies led, 38-31, following a UMass free throw from Leah McDerment with 8:27 remaining, but Sarah Hart drained a three from the wing on the next offensive possession to push the lead back to double digits.
From there, UMass got within single digits just once – a 43-34 score with 6:37 to play, but again, the Bonnies responded with one of their freshmen. This time it was a runner from Jalisha Terry as the Bonnies rattled off seven straight points to halt any thoughts of a rally from the Minutewomen.
St. Bonaventure fought turnover trouble during the first half, handing the ball over to UMass 10 times before intermission, but when it was able to maintain possession shots were falling. The Bonnies shot 50 percent from the floor during the opening 20 minutes, using a 10-0 run to build a 22-13 lead after a Ruff three with 4:39 left in the half.
UMass got back within six, but Maycock banked in a long two at the buzzer to send the Bonnies to halftime with a 26-18 advantage after forcing the hosts into 11 turnovers themselves.
McDerment and Alyx Stiff each had 11 points apiece to pace UMass (9-11, 3-4).
The Bonnies are set for a quick turnaround, playing the first of back-to-back games at the Reilly Center with a Saturday afternoon date vs. Duquesne. Saturday's game is set for a 4 p.m. tipoff. For Saturday's game, all Washington West Elementary School students and staff will receive free admission with parents and families receiving $3 tickets. All other adult tickets are $5 with kids ages 12 and under $3 and St. Bonaventure students free with valid ID.
- Thursday's win is the first of the year on the road for the Bonnies and breaks a nine-game road losing streak dating back to last season.
- Bona won the battle of the boards, 35-19. UMass had just two offensive rebounds on the day.
- All 12 of the Bonnies made field goals during the first half were assisted and the Bonnies finished with 19 total assists on 22 made baskets.
- Bona shot 7-of-12 from the floor during the fourth quarter and finished at 46 percent for the day (22-48) while UMass shot 33 percent (15-45).
- Terry registered seven points and handed out five assists in 36 minutes of action.
- Maycock and the five starters – Ruff, Terry, Richmond, Hart and Matea Britvar all turned in 30 or more minutes.
- Britvar had eight points, four rebounds and a career high four steals.
- The game had a special 11:00 a.m start time as part of an education day special. Announced attendance was 2,650.
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