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Ruff Tallies 31 Points in Historic Effort as Bonnies Fall Just Short vs. Saint Joseph's

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – On her birthday, St. Bonaventure senior Mariah Ruff turned in a performance for the ages – a career-high 31 points with 11 made field goals including eight from distance.

Unfortunately for the Bonnies, visiting Saint Joseph's finished with a 13-4 run over the final 2:19 of game time to score a 70-64 victory at the Reilly Center Wednesday night.

St. Bonaventure now stands 5-10 overall and 0-2 in Atlantic 10 play while Saint Joseph's improves to 7-7, 2-0.

The night for Ruff went like this:

A stat line of 11-for-22 from the floor; 8-of-15 from beyond the arc; six rebounds and a steal in 36 minutes of action.

Saint Joseph's took command early. After leading 17-12 after 10 minutes, the Hawks outscored the Bonnies by 12 in the second quarter for a 36-19 advantage.

The Bonnies came roaring back after intermission.

Ruff, who missed some of the early minutes after suffering a cut to her head following a collision with a Hawks player on the defensive end, led the charge.

Bona outscored Joe's by a 31-14 margin during the third and Ruff outscored the Hawks handily by herself after pouring in 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting including a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point land.

A pull-up trey from the right wing by Ruff gave Bona its first lead of the night, 49-48, with 40 seconds left to play in the third. The teams went to the final quarter tied, 50-50.

Much of the fourth was a back-and-forth tussle, with the Bonnies pushing ahead 60-57 with 2:29 to play following a pair of free throws by Arielle Harvey.

That's when Saint Joseph's took control.

Kristalyn Baisden put home back-to-back layups for a 61-60 lead with 1:40 to go, later hitting a three for a five-point advantage with 36 seconds showing on the clock. The Hawks never looked back.

Baisden finished with 15 points while Amanda Fioravanti recorded 16 points and 13 rebounds.

For the Bonnies, Danielle Migliore (10 points, eight rebounds) and Jalisha Terry (10 points, four rebounds, four assists) both had double figures.

Saint Joseph's used its size advantage inside for 24 offensive rebounds and 25 second chance points for the difference.

"We tried to do as much gang rebounding as we could. I thought there were times that we did a good job and battled, but they have three of the better offensive rebounders in the league and that's Saint Joe's advantage," St. Bonaventure head coach Jesse Fleming said.

Ruff had a memorable night from a historical perspective as well: Her eight three-pointers tie for second-most in Bonnies single game history. Only Jessica Jenkins' nine on Feb. 26, 2011 vs. Charlotte comes as a better three-point shooting performance. Ruff's 31 points were also the most in a game by any Bonnie since Jenkins' 32-point effort on Feb. 4, 2012 vs. George Washington.

"Getting down 17 at half is what is really disappointing," Fleming said. "Mariah just made shots and made plays. We cranked up our defense in the third quarter and that allowed her to get out in transition and get some cleaner looks. It was a great game for her and it is a disappointment that we couldn't get a win for her on her birthday."

Next up for St. Bonaventure is a Saturday morning game against UMass at the Reilly Center on national TV. The Bonnies will host the Minutewomen in a special 11 a.m. start time live on CBS Sports Network.

GAME NOTES: The Bonnies shot 12-of-16 during the third quarter and their 31 points are their second-most in any quarter this season behind only the 34 scored in the third quarter of the season-opener vs. Niagara … Ruff's 20 points in the third quarter are the most by any Bonnies player in program history. The game went to quarters beginning in the 2015-16 season … Migliore scored in double figures for the fifth straight game … Bonnies players have hit eight 3s in a game eight times. Jenkins accomplished the feat four times and Stefanie Collins twice. Suzie Dailer also hit eight 3s in a game … Ruff's previous career highs were 25 points, twice, and seven 3s … Terry matched her season high in assists ... with her effort Wednesday, Ruff moved into 16th place in Bonnies all-time scoring (1,143 career points) and seventh in career 3s (162). 

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