Melendez, Wilson, Ward, Bullard, Lewis
St. Bonaventure Starters
Ruff, Richmond, Rueter, Michael, Healey
How It Happened
The perimeter shooting of St. Bonaventure was too much as Rhode Island fell 73-59 Sunday afternoon.
Led by guards Mariah Ruff and Emily Michael, the Bonnies were 12-of-22 from 3-point range. The 54.5 percent shooting combined with free throw shooting down the stretch enabled the Bonnies to turn a tight game into a double-digit lead late. Ruff – who was 7-for-10 on 3-point shots – had a game-high 25 points, while Michael finished with 11 points and was 3-of-4 from the arc.
Rhode Island (13-9, 5-5 A-10) could not maintain its offensive pace in which it shot 44.8 percent in the first half. The Rams led 33-29 at the break, but struggled to find rhythm in the second half.
Neither team led by more than four points in a back-and-forth first half that featured eight lead changes and five ties. Freshmen guards Charise Wilson and Ruff led their respective offenses in the opening 20 minutes. Wilson had 10 points and three rebounds for Rhode Island, while Ruff had 14 points and two assists for the Bonnies.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Symone Bullard led Rhode Island with 14 points and three assists. All of her points came in the second half.
- Junior Tayra Melendez had 11 points, four rebounds and three assists. Also reaching double digits was freshman Charise Wilson, who had 10 points before fouling out with 5:12 to go.
- Senior Sydney Lewis and junior Samantha Tabakman had nine and eight points, respectively. Both post players hit a 3-point shot.
- Rhode Island had just four turnovers in the first half and 11 for the game.
- The Bonnies have won seven straight against Rhode Island.
Stat of the Game
7-for-10 – St. Bonaventure freshman Mariah Ruff was 7-for-10 from 3-point range.
Rhode Island returns to the Ryan Center Wednesday, Feb. 11 for a tilt against Saint Joseph's. Game time is 7 p.m.