Women’s basketball: Bona looks for second win over UMass this season

(Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com)

By Katie Faulkner @kfaulkner20

The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team is set to take on UMass on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Mullin Center. This will be the second matchup between the two teams, the first coming on January 10 when the Bonnies secured the victory over the Minutewomen, 66-41.

The Bonnies are coming off of an 80-59 win over Saint Louis on Wednesday night. Sophomore Miranda Drummond registered 19 points for the Bonnies, while senior Katie Healy posted 12 points and seven rebounds.

UMass (6-17) has dropped all 11 of its Atlantic 10 games thus far.  Rochester native Cierra Dillard leads the way for her squad with 13.6 points per game. Freshman Bria Stallworth chips in 12.8 points per contest. Although the Minutewomen are ranked 12th in the A-10 in rebounding, senior Rashida Tambilla averages a league-best 9.3 boards per game.

Despite being winless in A-10 play, UMass has dropped eight of their 11 league losses by single digits.  They took Duquesne to overtime on the road before falling 74-63.

UMass leads the all-time series with the brown and white, 31-26.  In their last meeting, Drummond netted 18 points and grabbed five rebounds, while sophomore Mariah Ruff notched a season-high 20 points. The Bonnies never trailed in that matchup.

The Bonnies are coming off a season-best 55.3 percent shooting night against Saint Louis. They went 10-for-19 (52.6 percent) from long range, including five from Drummond and four from senior Nyla Rueter.

Although SBU has been struggling on the boards, they got back on track against Saint Louis and won the rebounding battle 39-32, including five from Ruff.

As of last Wednesday’s game, Healy slid her way into fifth place on the Bonnies all-time scoring record with 1,578 career points.

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