Women’s basketball: Rueter looks to lead and be more consistent

By Katie Faulkner @kfaulkner20

Nyla Rueter’s athleticism is undeniable. Diving for loose balls, blocking fast-break layups and intercepting cross-court passes are all instinctive actions.

Rueter could rely on her high basketball IQ and athletic ability to lead her to success, but she strives for more than mediocrity.

The 5-foot-9 senior guard is looking to improve her already impressive scoring percentage by becoming a more dependable shooter.

“I’ve been working on my footwork going into my shot and being more consistent with my shot,” said Rueter.

Even though she is already a 36 percent three-point shooter, coach Jim Crowley has noticed a confidence increase in his senior’s shot.

“She’s a very good shooter and she’s worked hard to get to know her shot,” said Crowley.  “Now if she’s not shooting well she knows how to fix it.”

 The Bonnies finished just 5-11 in conference play last year, and according to Rueter, the main issue was defense.

“My weakness definitely is going to be defense,” said the Indiana native. “Really, I haven’t been consistent defensively, so my goal is going to be as consistent and as good as I can.”

Last season, the Bonnies ranked last in the A-10 in three-point field goal percentage defense, giving up 152 makes in 30 games. However, Rueter noted this was largely due to the lack of communication on the court.

Crowley recognized Rueter as a player who leads by example, but also as a senior beginning to use her voice, and Rueter agreed.

“I’m trying to be more of a vocal leader this year, especially with directing our new freshman, because we really need them this year.”

Women’s basketball: Fordham Preview

By Joseph Phelan, @JPhelan13

The Bonnies meet the Rams in the semifinals this afternoon at 1:30.

The winner advances to the championship game Sunday morning.

Here are some quick thoughts and statistics:

Rematch: On Feb. 1 St. Bonaventure beat Fordham 74-67. Chelsea Bowker sunk three second-half threes, while Katie Healy had a career-high 27 points. St. Bonaventure forced the Rams to shoot under 40 percent from the field. Emily Michael’s defense on Fordham’s Erin Rooney had been fantastic. Rooney shot 3 for 16 on the afternoon.

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Women’s basketball: Duquesne preview

By Joseph Phelan, @JPhelan13

Duquesne takes on St. Bonaventure with second place in the Atlantic 10 on the line Saturday afternoon.

Each team has an 8-3 conference record.

Bonaventure has five games remaining. A top-four seed means Bonaventure would begin tournament play on Friday March 7 in the quarterfinals in Virginia.

It’s a big game for Bonaventure for a number of reasons. Conference seeding implication is a major reason, but Saturday’s game will give Bona a chance to see where they stand among the conference’s elites. The Bonnies have two nice wins against Saint Joseph’s, Fordham and La Salle, but dropped their conference opener at Duquesne.

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Women’s basketball: Rueter gaining confidence after big performances

By Mike Bednarowicz, @MBed10

St. Bonaventure sophomore guard Nyla Rueter was named the College Sports Madness Atlantic 10 Player of the Week after two stellar games in a row against St. Joseph’s and UMass.

Rueter scored 15 points and had four rebounds against the Hawks in a 73-67 win. Rueter followed up that performance by scoring a career high 27 points on 11-17 shooting against UMass in an 88-66 win.

The honor has given Rueter added confidence for the rest of the season.

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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 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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Women’s Basketball: Rueter, Little should give #Bonnies big boost this season

By Joseph Phelan, @JPhelan13

Last year Emily Michael and Katie Healy gave the Bonnies a boost as freshmen.

This year classmates Hannah Little and Nyla Rueter should provide the Bonnies another one.

The Bonnies beat Edinboro in an exhibition game 65-43 on Saturday afternoon.

Healy, Little and Rueter each scored 15-plus points, while head coach Jim Crowley leaned on Michael to be the floor general.

The first half belonged to Rueter.

“She is a really good weapon—she can handle the ball, she can shoot it, she can get to the rim,” said Crowley. “And she is getting better defensively.”

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