Women’s basketball: Bonnies overcome Drummond’s absence, win second straight

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By Katie Faulkner @kfaulkner20

The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team continued its winning streak with a 66-43 win over Richmond on Sunday afternoon in the Reilly Center. The Bonnies improved to 19-3 overall and 8-1 in Atlantic 10 play. Richmond dropped to 9-12 on the season.

Sophomore Miranda Drummond did not suit up for the game due to an injury. Redshirt junior Gabby Richmond earned the start and was one rebound shy of a double-double, with 10 points and nine rebounds. She was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

Both teams started out strong offensively and were deadlocked at 12-12 during the first quarter. Senior Nyla Rueter sank a three for a 15-13 Bonaventure advantage with 3:43 remaining in the first to put the Bonnies ahead for good.

The Bonnies scored 18 points in the paint with help from senior Katie Healy, who led her team with 13 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Mariah Ruff notched 12 points to go along with her game-high five assists. Sophomore Matea Britvar contributed solid minutes off the bench and registered 10 points and eight rebounds.

“(Matea) knew she had to provide some minutes and she came in really ready,” said coach Jim Crowley. “She’s a good offensive player and gives us more of a jump shot.”

The Spiders tallied 10 total points in the second and third quarters and were held to 28.3 percent shooting (15-of-53) from the floor. Janelle Hubbard led her team with 13 points and three assists. Micaela Parson sank three three-pointers and tallied 10 points.

Both teams committed 14 turnovers and went 7-of-18 from beyond the arc. The Bonnies dished out 16 assists to Richmond’s seven, including four from junior Imani Outlaw. Despite struggling on the boards over their last few games, the Bonnies won the rebounding battle, 41-29.

The Bonnies return to action on Wednesday night as they visit VCU. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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