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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure notched its third straight Atlantic 10 women's basketball win behind double-figure scoring by four players on the way to a 70-51 triumph over Davidson Wednesday night at the Reilly Center.
The Bonnies (9-12, 4-5 Atlantic 10) used a 24-8 scoring margin during the second quarter to establish authority, never trailing and holding the lead for 38:04 of game time.
Matea Britvar showed the way with 14 points, leading all scorers, as part of a balanced effort. Gabby Richmond, Mariah Ruff and Mckenna Maycock all netted 13 points apiece. Maycock filled the stat sheet by hauling in six rebounds and matching her career high of four steals.
"I was proud of the maturity tonight and I'm really proud of the way we are playing," St. Bonaventure head coach Jesse Fleming said. "We're getting a lot of deflections and we're covering up for each other defensively."
After a tight first quarter, the Bonnies seized complete control with a red-hot second 10 minutes.
With the lead at just 19-16, Bona connected on six of its first seven shot attempts of the second quarter as the Bonnies launched a 20-2 run.
Everything worked during the second quarter as Britvar and Ruff each scored in double figures and Maycock added eight points off the bench. Much of the success on the offensive end came as a result of Bona's defense which forced 14 turnovers by the Wildcats before intermission.
St. Bonaventure took a 39-18 lead to the halftime break and stretched that to 41-18 as Richmond opened the third with a layup after she hauled in an offensive board to keep the possession alive.
Davidson, though, responded with a burst of its own, cutting the deficit to 49-38 as the Bonnies fought through an uneven third quarter.
Ruff brought an end to the rally with a dagger from the right wing, however, as the advantage grew to 14 again heading for the fourth.
Davidson (3-17, 1-7) got closer just once the rest of the way – a 13-point deficit with 6:34 to play. Maycock responded with a traditional three-point play on the next drive and the Bonnies' edge would grow to 23 just two minutes later.
"Matea got us going with making jumper after jumper right away even if we didn't have a great offensive possession," Fleming said. "Mckenna just had another great game attacking the rim and bringing us energy. I'm just excited where we are going and now we hit the road for a couple of games and I'm hoping we can still perform at this level."
St. Bonaventure forced 20 turnovers from the Wildcats, leading to 29 points of offense on the other end.
"We have been stringing together so many great practices and it is no surprise it is showing in these games and we are all just playing so well," Maycock added. "I think we are finally just getting to know each other and it's all just coming together."
Next up is a trip to Philadelphia as the Bonnies take on surging Saint Joseph's Sunday at 3 p.m. That contest is set to be broadcast nationwide through the American Sports Network.
- Bona's 29 points off turnovers are a season high.
- The Bonnies shot 44 percent from the floor (29-for-66) while Davidson connected on 38 percent (20-53).
- SBU won the battle of the boards for the third straight game, owning a 38-34 margin.
- Maycock has posted back-to-back games of double-figure scoring for the first time in her career.
- Ruff handed out a team-high five assists, giving her 12 games this year of four or more assists.
- Jalisha Terry added eight points and four assists along with three steals.
- St. Bonaventure's 12 steals are one off a season high.
- Britvar hit her first five shot attempts and finished 7-for-12 from the field.
- The Bonnies are 3-0 all-time vs. Davidson.
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