Women’s basketball: #Bonnies with 19 assists in 74-59 win over Fairfield

By Joseph Phelan, @JPhelan13

Less than 48 hours after ending Wisconsin-Green Bay’s regular season win streak, the Bonnies opened and finished strong against Fairfield in a 74-59 win.

The Bonnies used a steady, balanced offensive attack — with 19 assists and five players with two or more buckets.

Chelsea Bowker hit all five the Bonnies’ triples. The redshirt senior knows her role in the offense. She stretches the floor with her jump shot, uses her court vision to find open teammates and sets picks.

As the lone healthy player from the 2012 Atlantic 10 regular season championship team, Bowker has had to adjust to playing with new players.

“It’s been really different. I mean they are really eager to learn and eager to do what coach asks of us, eager to do what they are supposed to do,” said Bowker. “They try to give me the shots I’m good at and I try to give them the shots they are good at.”

One of her teammates, guard Emily Michael, does not need to score to be relevant.

Michael controls the tempo, plays tough defense and calls the play.

Michael has become the floor general for the Bonnies.

“The ball goes to the right people at the right places, and she makes sure of that,” said coach Jim Crowley. “We call it playing a really good floor game, and she just played another great one.”

Crowley needs Michael to do the little things that do not always appear in the box score.

“She is getting more and more comfortable all of the time in her role and being able to run that Eagle and late making calls you can really see her confidence come as it should,” said Crowley. “She understands where the ball should go, and she knows how we can work to get it there.”

Michael, Nyla Rueter and Katie Healy combined for 14 assists.

The Bonnies’ ball movement and execution on offense had been impressive. The Bonnies showed unselfishness, and Crowley credits that to his team’s spacing.

“With our spacing, if we move we should be able to put pressure on the defense and we were fortunate enough to finish some of those today,” said Crowley. “The more someone moves and gets rewarded, the more other people are going to move and want to get rewarded, and it just helps the offense all the way around.”

This Bonaventure offense has played extremely well since last Sunday against Colgate, scoring 68 points or more in each game.

Richmond, Healy and Hannah Little do so many great things underneath the basket. Rueter, Michael and Oney Harrison find open teammates, and Bowker knocks down threes.

It has worked for the Bonnies so far this year.

And with Niagara coming to town Tuesday night, Crowley will need another steady, balanced offensive attack.


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