By: Isaiah Blakely
Freshman Emily Calabrese’s 19 points and six rebounds led the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (7-12, 2-4 A-10) to victory over the Rhode Island Rams (2-17, 0-6 A-10) 81-70.
Calabrese got it going early with a layup and the foul in the first quarter. That was three of her seven points in that quarter. The highlight of the first quarter was after a Rams three the Bonnies quickly inbounded the ball to senior Mariah Ruff and she shoots from beyond half court and sinks it giving the Bonnies a 21-17 advantage going into the second quarter. That was three of Ruff’s 19 points. Ruff also had 11 rebounds and six assists.
“I thought Mar’s half-court heave got us really juiced up,” said coach Jesse Fleming.
The Bonnies certainly were ready to go in the second quarter. The Bonnies started the quarter on a 12-2 run to extend their lead to 14. The scoring was balanced in the second with sophomore Rhianna Council scoring five points early in that quarter and ending with nine points. Junior Arielle Harvey also added five of her 12 points in the second quarter. The Bonnies outscored the Rams 20-8 in the quarter.
The third quarter was more of the same for the Bonnies. Sophomore Danielle Migliore came alive in the third quarter scoring eight of her 13 points in the quarter. After a Migliore layup, Harvey gave the Bonnies a 28-point lead which was their biggest lead of the game after another three-pointer.
“I was really pleased with the way we played to get it to a 28-point lead,” said Fleming.
The Rams found a way to claw back in the game in the fourth quarter with a 13-2 run to bring the lead down to 11 with 2:36 to go. The run was led by sophomore Nicole Jorgensen who had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Redshirt-sophomore Elemy Colome lead all Rams scorers with 18 points and seven assists.
The Bonnies leading scorers on the night responded with a layup by Ruff and a couple free throws by Calabrese to secure the victory.
“I thought Emily Calabrese had her best game as a Bonnie with 19 points and six boards against a bigger kid,” said Fleming.
“It’s amazing. I just went into the game wanting to play really hard and obviously, it’s all about the W and we won so that’s all that matters” said Calabrese.
Bonnies look to add another A-10 win on Saturday at home against Davidson at 2 p.m.