By Mike Bednarowicz, @MBed10
St. Bonaventure sophomore guard Nyla Rueter was named the College Sports Madness Atlantic 10 Player of the Week after two stellar games in a row against St. Joseph’s and UMass.
Rueter scored 15 points and had four rebounds against the Hawks in a 73-67 win. Rueter followed up that performance by scoring a career high 27 points on 11-17 shooting against UMass in an 88-66 win.
The honor has given Rueter added confidence for the rest of the season.
“I think it just shows that I have the ability to be able to perform pretty highly in our games,” said Rueter. “It has also shown that it needs to be my role to score more because that’s what my team needs me to do.”
The team as a whole has drastically improved from last season, almost doubling their win total. Improved team chemistry has played a big part in the team’s success this year.
“Honestly I think it’s the fact that we have limited numbers and because of that we all play together a lot in practice and even in games,” said Rueter. “We get to know what each other does really well and we have really good chemistry on the offensive and defensive end, so I think that’s the main thing that helps.”
Rueter has also become more of an emotional leader on the floor this season, a quality she has always had.
“I’ve always had it. I just haven’t shown it as much as I do now,” she said. “Since college has started the competition has increased drastically, so because of that I have shown more emotion on the court.”
As the season has progressed Rueter has been pushed by her coaches and teammates to be more aggressive on the offensive end and the results have been showing.
“My coaches tell me I need to be more aggressive and when I don’t do it they tell me of it and my teammates even tell me that I need to be more aggressive and look to score,” said Rueter.
As for the rest of the season, Rueter is confident that the tough conference schedule has prepared them well for the Atlantic 10 tournament.
“It prepares us a lot because the A10 is a really close knit conference and anyone can win at any time so you always have to be prepared,” said Rueter. “Any game could come down to the wire and you have to be ready for it. When tournament time comes it’s going to get really intense.”