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Bulls Charge Away Late For 76-59 Victory Over @BonniesWBB

Bulls Charge Away Late For 76-59 Victory Over @BonniesWBB

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Visiting Buffalo started fast and withstood multiple rally efforts by the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team, pulling way late for a 76-59 victory Friday night at the Reilly Center.

Buffalo, which entered the day ranked No. 16 in the NCAA RPI, improves to 8-1 overall while St. Bonaventure now stands at 5-6.

Sophomore Danielle Migliore posted her first career double-double, netting 15 points and pulling down 10 rebounds for the Bonnies. Junior Arielle Harvey delivered a game-high 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the floor the power the offense.

Unfortunately for the Bonnies, Buffalo launched both the first and second half scoring blitzes to take and maintain control.

Buffalo opened the game on an 11-2 run and stretched the lead to 13 midway through the second quarter, but the Bonnies would respond. A strong finish to the first period and 21 points during the second allowed the Bonnies to close within a 41-38 score at intermission.

The Bulls re-established momentum, however, switching to their 3-2 zone after halftime. Buffalo was able to continually turn the Bonnies over, going on a 13-2 run to push its advantage back out to 56-42 with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter.

From there, the visitors never gave up control as the Bonnies could get no closer than 61-51 early in the fourth following a straightaway three by Mariah Ruff.

"We were scoring pretty good against their man-to-man (defense) in the first half, and it is disappointing because we had practiced all week working on going against their 3-2," St. Bonaventure head coach Jesse Fleming said. "I didn't like the looks we got out of it; I thought we could've moved the ball a bit better."

Buffalo forced the Bonnies into a season-high 27 turnovers here, converting those miscues into 29 points of offense on the other end.

Three Bulls were in double figures led by Stephanie Reid's 15 points and six assists.

Harvey also went 2-of-3 from beyond the arc and 4-of-4 at the line in 38 minutes of work.

"She's long and very hard to guard. She can defend and block shots," Fleming said of his transfer from Atlanta. "Arielle is a really good player and is just going to keep getting better. Danielle bounced back after an off game against Penn State. It was good to see her resiliency, and was able to rebound against a really good rebounding team."

St. Bonaventure will quickly turn around, making the trip to play at defending America East champion Albany on Sunday. Tipoff in the state capital is set for 2 p.m.

GAME NOTES: Buffalo grabbed just its second win ever at the Reilly Center and first since the 1975-76 season. St. Bonaventure still leads the all-time series, 16-10 … Ruff handed out seven assists, giving her 338 for her career. She passed Natalie White (1985-89) for seventh all-time in program history and also tied Julie James (1981-85) for sixth with 338 assists … Migliore had her second double-figure rebounding effort, just one off the 11 rebounds she pulled down last month at Siena … redshirt sophomore Keely Fresh saw her first extended playing time in over a year due to injury, playing 15 minutes while scoring four points with three rebounds and a steal … freshman Abigail Johnson pulled down six rebounds … sophomore Rhianna Council handed out three assists.

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