Nine is a good number for St. Bonaventure's women's basketball team.
The Bonnies held an opponent to fewer than 50 points for the ninth time this season and clipped Rhode Island, 54-48, in an Atlantic 10 Conference game in Olean. Bona has won six straight in the Reilly Center.
Senior Katelyn Murray, who went over 1,000 points in her career, scored 16 points, including 13 in the first half, in the victory.
It was the third straight win for the Bonnies (18-6, 7-2) and gave them sole possession of third place in the conference standings. Rhode Island fell to 2-7 in the A-10 and 9-15 overall.
"We knew this game would be a grind, and I'm very proud of the way we defended, especially down the stretch," St. Bonaventure coach Jim Crowley said.
Priscilla Edwards had 13 points and Dana Mitchell 11 for the Bonnies, who visit Fordham on Saturday.
* The St. Bonaventure men's team (12-10, 3-6 A-10) will be looking for its second win in a row tonight at Rhode Island (7 p.m., Radio 1300 AM) but it won't be an easy task as the Rams have won five of six against the Bonnies, including the last four, at Ryan Center since its opening in 2002. Rhode Island (16-8, 5-4) leads the A-10 in scoring, averaging 80.9 points per game.
* The University at Buffalo women (5-17, 1-8) hit the road to take on Eastern Michigan (4-17, 0-9) at 7 p.m. (Radio 1340 AM) in a battle of teams looking to climb out of the Mid-American Conference cellar.