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LEWISBURG, Pa. – During the first two weeks of the season, the improvement in the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team has been readily apparent.
Bonnies coaches and players have said all along that the next step in that progression is finding a way to win on the road.
Consider Tuesday night a big step in that direction.
St. Bonaventure scored an impressive 59-48 road victory at defending Patriot League champion Bucknell inside Sojka Pavilion, a place where the Bison had won 29 of their past 30 contests.
With the win, the Bonnies improve to 3-2 overall on the season while Bucknell, also this year's Patriot League preseason favorite, drops to 2-3.
Junior Mckenna Maycock tied her career-high, which is all of six days old, with an impressive 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting performance from the floor. Maycock also went 4-of-4 from long distance and hauled down eight rebounds, playing all 40 minutes.
In all the Bonnies had three players finish in double figures with senior Mariah Ruff posting 13 points, five rebounds and five assists and sophomore Danielle Migliore registering 11 points, four boards and three steals.
The Bonnies followed a similar blueprint for their previous victories this season – they trailed at halftime, then came back with a strong second half for the rally.
After Bona led for nearly all of the first half, Bucknell grabbed its first lead, 22-20, with three minutes left in the second quarter. Ultimately, the Bison went to the locker room with a 29-27 edge.
Bucknell's largest lead came just 41 seconds into the second half, pulling ahead 32-27 following a three-pointer from Kyi English.
From there, the Bonnies' defense locked in. St. Bonaventure allowed just three more points the final 9:39 of the third. The penultimate quarter was a defensive struggle, but a 9-6 edge from the visitors saw the Bonnies take a one-point lead, 36-35, as Ruff drove the lane with 31 seconds to play in the third.
English put the Bison back on top, 37-36, with a layup to start the fourth, but Maycock answered on the other end with a trey to push the Bonnies back on top with 8:52 to play.
St. Bonaventure never trailed again.
With five minutes remaining, back-to-back threes from Bree Paulson and Ruff made it a 50-42 score at the 4:49 mark, the largest lead for either side to that point.
From there, the Bonnies defense did not relent. St. Bonaventure held the Bison to 7-of-26 shooting from the floor during the second half and 2-of-13 from distance. For the game, the Bonnies defense locked down the Bison to 31.5 percent shooting (17-54) and a mere 5-for-30 from long range.
The Bonnies also outscored the Bison in the paint, despite Bucknell's obvious size advantage with seven players 6'1'' or taller on the roster. Bona won the paint by a 24-20 margin.
English paced all scorers with 22 points for Bucknell, making nine of the Bison's 17 field goals.
Next up for the Brown and White is a trip to the Navy Classic this weekend with a pair of games on tap. St. Bonaventure plays UMBC at 1 p.m. on Saturday before either the championship final or consolation game Sunday afternoon in Annapolis, MD.
GAME NOTES: The Bonnies scored their first road win since Jan. 19, breaking a recent string of road heartbreak. Bona had lost four of its last five on the road by eight points or less … Ruff finished the night with 999 career points, moving into 22nd all-time in the program record books. The senior guard also passed current assistant coach Andrea Mulcahy (Doneth) for eighth all-time in Bonnies assists with 311 helpers … Maycock tied her career best of 21 points, matching the total she posted last Wednesday at Canisius. Her four 3s were also a new career best … Bona went 8-of-15 from distance, hitting at least eight three-pointers in a game for the fourth time this season. The team reached that mark just once last season … freshman Emily Calabrese did not score, but finished with six rebounds, two assists and two steals ... Migliore had a career-best three steals and played 37 minutes, also a career high.
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