St. Bonaventure holds off Broncs, 60-47
ORLANDO, FL – The Rider University women’s basketball team erased an early 11-point deficit, but St. Bonaventure pulled away for a 60-47 victory Sunday afternoon at the UCF Thanksgiving Challenge. With the loss, the Broncs dip to 3-2, while the Bonnies are now 3-3.
Julia Duggan (Marmora, NJ/Ocean City) led the Broncs with her 11th career double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Robin Perkins (Willingboro, NJ/Trenton Catholic [Saint Francis Univ.]) added 11 points and four rebounds. Kamila Hoskova (Brno, Czech Republic/Sportovni Gymnazium Ludvika Danka) contributed six points, eight rebounds and two steals.
Mariah Ruff led St. Bonaventure with 19 points and three assists, while Jalisha Terry added 14 points. Mckenna Maycock also scored in double figures with 10 points, while Matea Britvar had eight points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.
“Offensively, we just really couldn’t put the ball in the basket,” said Rider Head Coach Lynn Milligan. “We got some great looks today again. The ball just did not go in for us either today or yesterday. I thought defensively we were good enough to win today. We had a couple more breakdowns today than yesterday, but defensively solid enough, doing what we’ve been doing, holding teams. But a couple too many fouls today on the defensive end. I think we put them on the free-throw line a little too much in the second half. But offensively, we just couldn’t make a shot yesterday and it continued today unfortunately.”
St. Bonaventure came out of the gates quickly, scoring the game’s first seven points and 12 of the first 14. The lead pushed to 11 points, 17-6, before a Broncs free throw cut the deficit to 17-7 after one. Following a Ruff lay-up at the 6:56 mark of the second quarter, the Broncs outscored the Bonnies, 12-4, and would’ve taken a lead into the break, but Lexi Posset’s (Pittsburgh, PA/Beaver Area) heave from beyond halfcourt was ruled to have left her hand after the buzzer to leave the score at 25-23 St. Bonaventure at the half.
Duggan led the Broncs with seven points and four rebounds in the first half. Perkins added five points and three rebounds. Ruff and Terry led the Bonnies with nine points apiece.
Two Duggan free throws to open the second half tied the game at 25-25. But the Bonnies quickly retook the lead and outscored the Broncs, 16-6, the rest of the quarter to reestablish a double-digit lead, 41-31, at the end of the third quarter.
The Broncs cut the deficit to seven on two occasions in the fourth quarter but could draw no closer.
For the game, the Bonnies took a 39.2 percent (20-51) to 25.8 percent (16-62) edge from the floor and outshot the Broncs, 84.2 percent (16-19) to 75.0 percent (12-16) from the free-throw line. Both teams grabbed 39 rebounds.
The Broncs return to action Friday, when they travel to Canisius to open league play. Opening tip from Koessler Athletic Center is slated for 7 p.m.
“We’ve got to get back in the gym this week and get ready for a trip to Buffalo and see what we can do up there,” said Milligan.
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