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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Five Bonnies scored in double figures and the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team led nearly wire-to-wire in a convincing victory over Duquesne, 69-56, Saturday afternoon in the Reilly Center.
Duquesne (10-11, 3-5 Atlantic 10) entered the game flying high after dropping 94 points in a 30-point victory over preseason conference favorite Saint Louis on Wednesday night. Though the Bonnies had just approximately 48 hours to turn around from a road win at UMass on Thursday, it was the Brown and White that took command and set the tone.
The win is the second in a row for the Bonnies who improve to 8-12, 3-5.
Sophomore Mckenna Maycock led all scorers with a career high 14 points, adding five rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench. Graduate student Gabby Richmond tallied a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds while junior Matea Britvar narrowly missed one of her own with 12 points and nine boards. Junior Mariah Ruff posted 13 points and five assists while freshman Jalisha Terry completed the quintet of double-figure scorers with 12 points and six rebounds.
"It was definitely a team win," St. Bonaventure head coach Jesse Fleming said. "We defended like crazy. It was a whirlwind turnaround; (the players) got off the bus at eight o'clock Thursday night, were in the next day and had a quality practice. The kids were just locked in and I am excited to see where we are going on this journey."
After the Dukes started the scoring on a jumper by Julijana Vojinovic, Bona then embarked on a 10-0 run for a 10-2 edge at the 5:59 mark of the first following a layup by Maycock.
The Bonnies would lead the rest of the way.
A trademark of Duquesne, picked to finish second in the preseason A-10 Coaches Poll, for years has been proficiency from beyond the arc. The Dukes misfired on their first seven attempts from deep Saturday, however, and finished 5-for-27 on the afternoon against the Bona defense.
After taking a 33-27 edge to intermission, St. Bonaventure's lead was trimmed to four, 37-33, midway through the third period, but the Bonnies immediately had an answer. Ruff drained a three and Richmond followed with a running one-hander off the glass to stretch the score back to 42-34. Duquesne never gained traction offensively during the third, going 3-of-15 from the floor during the quarter.
A layup from Britvar and a 25-foot rainbow from Ruff as the third period buzzer sounded gave Bona its largest lead, 47-34, heading for the final period.
In the fourth, Duquesne could get no closer than eight with 7:20 to play. Maycock helped end any thought of a Dukes rally by scoring eight straight for the Bonnies including the final dagger – a corner trey to make the score 61-47 with 2:58 to play.
"She has been fantastic the past 10 days and she has finally realized how good she can be," Fleming said of his sophomore guard. "She has been fantastic in practice and in games she has brought a ton of energy. She has been flying around and guarding very well."
"This season I started off kind of nervous because I was playing a lot more than last year and it is a different role," Maycock added. "I think I needed the time to get into rhythm and I am trying to contribute as much as I can."
Vojinovic paced Duquesne with 12 points and seven rebounds.
St. Bonaventure remains at home to face Davidson on Wednesday night. Tipoff at The RC is slated for 7 p.m.
- Maycock's previous career high in scoring was 13 points in a December win over Albany. Maycock, the all-time Western New York high school scoring leader, has five double-figure scoring games for her career in Brown and White, all coming thus far in 2016-17.
- Bona won the battle of the boards, 39-33. The Bonnies were a season-best +16 in rebounding Thursday at UMass and have a positive rebounding margin in back-to-back games for the first time this year. Duquesne owned a +3.4 rebounding margin for the season entering Saturday.
- The Bonnies shot 49 percent from the floor (23-for-47) while limiting Duquesne to 33 percent (21-63).
- The Bonnies have won two games in a row over Duquesne, both at home, and are 14-10 all-time vs. the Dukes at The RC.
- Richmond registered her fourth double-double of the season and fifth of her career. Her 12 rebounds tied her career high, a total she has reached three times with the last time coming Jan. 31, 2015 at UMass.
- It was the first time St. Bonaventure had five players in double figures since a Jan. 18, 2015 win vs. Dayton.
- St. Bonaventure led for 37:24 of game-time and trailed for just 32 seconds. In a pair of wins this week, Bona trailed for a combined 1:25.
- Saturday's game was a matchup of two perennial Atlantic 10 front runners. Duquesne and St. Bonaventure rank second and third respectively in victories among all A-10 programs since 2008-09, behind only Dayton.
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