Playing again without leading scorer and rebounder Katie Healy, St. Bonaventure extended its women’s basketball win streak to four with a 56-45 triumph over James Madison on Monday night before 518 in the Reilly Center.
Sophomore Miranda Drummond led the Bonnies with 25 points and 11 rebounds, both career highs. Mariah Ruff had 11 points,
Bona (6-2) held the visiting Dukes (5-2) of the Colonial Athletic Association to 23.6 percent field goal shooting. The Dukes made 17 of 72 and only 6 of 31 (19.4) from three-point range.
The Bonnies made 43.2 (16 of 37) and 35.0 (7 of 20) from three-point range. Bona won despite being outrebounded, 41-40, and turning the ball over 23 times to 12 for the visitors. They were helped by 17 of 24 shooting from the foul line.
Jazmon Gwathmey led James Madison with 22 points,but needed 29 shots to do it.
Healy, a senior from Lancaster, also missed Saturday’s win over Georgetown with a foot injury, ending her streak of 86 consecutive starts. She had scored in 91 straight. The Bonnies improved to 6-7 vs. power five conference teams as well as the Big East and American conferences since 2011-12 with Saturday’s win.
The St. Bonaventure and Vermont will meet in men’s basketball for the first time ever at 7 p.m. in the Reilly Center.
The Bonnies will be looking for the fifth win in the last six games after Saturday’s impressive 81-68 victory over Ohio University.
Sophomore Jaylen Adams led the scoring in that one with 22 points. Marcus Posley had 19 and Dion Wright, 14.
Wright is averaging 17 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
Vermont (4-5) lost at the University at Buffalo, 77-71, on a neutral court in Uncasville, Conn., 10 days ago.
The Catamounts split their last two games against Ivy League opponents, defeating Dartmouth, 68-63 and losing to Yale on Saturday, 72-64.
The Catamounts from the America East Conference are led by a trio of double-scorers – Trae Bell-Haynes, 13.0; Ethan O’Day, 12.4; and Ernie Duncan 12.3.