Women’s basketball: Michael’s defense leads Bona’s past Fordham

By Joseph Phelan, @JPhelan13

Fordham’s Erin Rooney entered today’s game against Bonaventure averaging 19 points a game.

She’s one of the best players in the league, and one of the best players Bonaventure has faced this year.

Although she had seven assists and nine rebounds, Rooney shot 3 for 16 from the field for 11 points.

You can thank Emily Michael for that.

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Women’s basketball: #Bonnies defeat Saint Louis

By Joseph Phelan, @JPhelan13

Katie Healy had six points in the first 38 minutes. Healy had six points in the final two minutes, including the basket with 19 seconds remaining to give the Bonnies a 62-60 win.

Healy, along with fellow sophomores Nyla Rueter and Emily Michael, hit big shots down the stretch to give St. Bonaventure its third conference win.

As the first game of a doubleheader, 938 showed up to cheer on the Bonnies.

The atmosphere definitely helped the Bonnies down the stretch. The Reilly Center erupted on the last five buckets of the game.

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Women’s basketball roundup

By Joseph Phelan, @JPhelan13

St. Bonaventure women opened up 2014 with a loss to Duquesne. The Bonnies fell behind early, and despite a strong second half surge could not make the comeback. Tomorrow afternoon, the Bonnies take on the Richmond Spiders at 4:30. I’ve been away from this team for over a month now. The Duquesne game had been broadcasted on CBS Sports Network, and they had two home games streamed on GoBonnies.com, so I’ve had the chance to watch this team grow despite my absence from Bonaventure over break.

With 11 wins, the Bonnies have eclipsed their win total from last year. Five players average at least 9.5 points a game, led by Katie Healy who has risen her game this year. ESPNw recognized Healy’s game last month when it included her as a player who has stepped up from last season. Healy leads the team in points and blocks. As Healy continues to improve, Atlantic 10 coaches will be sure to tightly defend her. That’s where Healy’s teammates come into play.

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Women’s basketball: #Bonnies with 19 assists in 74-59 win over Fairfield

By Joseph Phelan, @JPhelan13

Less than 48 hours after ending Wisconsin-Green Bay’s regular season win streak, the Bonnies opened and finished strong against Fairfield in a 74-59 win.

The Bonnies used a steady, balanced offensive attack — with 19 assists and five players with two or more buckets.

Chelsea Bowker hit all five the Bonnies’ triples. The redshirt senior knows her role in the offense. She stretches the floor with her jump shot, uses her court vision to find open teammates and sets picks.

As the lone healthy player from the 2012 Atlantic 10 regular season championship team, Bowker has had to adjust to playing with new players.

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Women’s basketball: #Bonnies snap Wisconsin-Green Bay’s 22-game regular season win streak

By Joseph Phelan, @JPhelan13 

In the Bonnies season opener against North Carolina State last Friday night they fell behind.

Instead of fighting back, the Bonnies fell apart.

A week later the Bonnies found themselves in a similar situation against Wisconsin-Green Bay, but this time coach Jim Crowley’s team responded with a 68-62 victory.

“(I’m) just really proud of our kids’ effort,” said Crowley. “Obviously we didn’t start well. We dug that big hole, and we just weren’t playing hard enough.”

The Phoenix (1-1) led by 16 points with less than nine minutes left in the first half, but the Bonnies cut that lead to four points by halftime — and then took control in the second half which Crowley credits to defense.

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Women’s basketball: #Bonnies take on tough test in Wisconsin-Green Bay

By Joseph Phelan, @JPhelan13

Last Friday against North Carolina State, the Bonnies crumbled when things grew tough.

NC State led by as many as 40.

But as head coach Jim Crowley has acknowledged before — this season will not be won or lost with one game, but rather how the Bonnies improve as the nonconference schedule erodes.

Friday presents another challenge for the Bonnies to prove themselves, and the goal remains the same for Crowley.

“I just want to see them not back down,” said Crowley.

Wisconsin-Green Bay has one of the more successful women’s basketball programs in the country.

“People out here don’t realize how good they are. They’re like Marist—they win every year,” said Crowley. “It’s something obscene with how many years in a row they won their league. I think it is like 19 or 20 years straight they’ve won their league. That’s unheard of in this time—that someone could stay that good that long.”

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Women’s basketball: #Bonnies lean on Little, Rueter

By Edward Joiner 

ST.BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (Nov. 15) — Hannah Little and Nyla Rueter look to expand their roles in their second year with the program.

With two games of the season already behind them, the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team sits at 1-1 and looks towards sophomores Little and Rueter to have breakout seasons. Little, a six-foot sophomore forward from Rochester Hills, Mich., is looked at as a very positive impact for the team this year. Last year Little played in 24 games — with her best game coming on the road against Toledo.

“Hannah’s athletic ability is really, really good,” said head coach Jim Crowley. “Her approach so far has been better than her athletic ability, and that is a compliment.”

Little looks to step up to expectations that she knows her team and coach have set upon her for this year. She plans to bring lots of energy on both offense and defense to make sure her team is in the best position to win.

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