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Bona women take A-10 opener

The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team got better and better at scoring points in their Wednesday afternoon game with Rhode Island. It’s no wonder they won going away.

The Bonnies increased their production in every quarter, capped by scoring 32 points in the final period, as they defeated the Rams, 78-69. St. Bonaventure moved to a 6-7 record, while Rhode Island fell to 4-9.

The Bonnies had three scoring threats in the game. Forward Matea Britvar had 24 points, hitting 8 of 9 shots from the field and going 8 for 10 from the free-throw line. Gabby Richmond added 22 points, and Mariah Ruff finished with 19.

Bona hit 46 percent of its shots from the field, and converted on 21 of 25 free throws as a team.

Guard Charise Wilson was the big reason why Rhode Island stayed close. She led the team with 34 points. After a five-point first half, Wilson exploded for 29 points in the last 20 minutes in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams. She was 7 for 15 on three-pointers and 12 for 24 from the field overall. Wilson added three free throws to round out her scoring total.

Bona had a 64-61 lead with less than five minutes to play, and then went on a 14-8 burst to put the game away.

The Bonnies are off to Fairfax, Va., next, where they will play George Mason Saturday afternoon.

Thursday’s game

The University at Buffalo women’s team is off to the best start in team history. They should receive a good challenge on Thursday afternoon to keep that start going.

The Bulls will play at Fordham in the Fordham Holiday Classic in Rose Hill Gym (12 noon, Radio 1520 AM). UB comes into the game with a 9-0 record, which includes three wins over Atlantic 10 competition. The

Bulls have only played one game in the past three weeks, a win last week over St. Bonaventure. Fordham comes into the game with a 9-4 record.

In Thursday’s other tournament game, UNC-Asheville takes on Harvard. The winners of the two games will meet on Friday afternoon.

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