Women’s basketball: Bonnies must bounce back in big way to knock off George Washington

(Katie Healy Photo Credit: GoBonnies.com)

By Katie Faulkner @kfaulkner20

The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team returns to action Wednesday night as it takes on George Washington at home in the Reilly Center at 7 p.m. The Bonnies will look to bounce back after a 69-60 loss against UMass on Saturday.

Despite a team-high 16 points from senior Katie Healy, the Bonnies were outscored in the paint 32-22. They shot an uncharacteristic 18.8 percent (3-16) from beyond the arc. The UMass bench also registered 24 bench points to Bonaventure’s six.

George Washington has won 16 of its last 17 games and currently sits atop the league at 11-1. The defending A-10 champions have been without their leading scorer Jonquel Jones (16.9 ppg) since Jan. 20 due to injury. Jones was named the 2014-2015 A-10 player and defensive player of the year. However, the Colonials have gone 5-1 in her absence with help from junior Caira Washington (12 ppg). Graduate student Lauren Chase adds 11.8 points and 6.5 assists per contest.

The Colonials’ high-powered offense averages 72.9 points per game, ranking them second in the A-10. They also average a league-best 49.2 rebounds a game, including 7.8 from the 6-foot-2 Washington.

Although GW leads the all-time series 34-6, the Bonnies have won four of the last six meetings.  However, SBU fell to the Colonials on the road last season, 70-48.  Nyla Rueter led the Bonnies with 15 points, while Washington registered a game-high 18.

The matchup will display the league’s top defense against its second-best offense, with the Bonnies allowing 54.1 ppg and the Colonials averaging 72.9 ppg.

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