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Bona women end year with road win

The St. Bonaventure women’s team ended the 2014 portion of its schedule in good form on Monday, as it defeated Georgetown, 70-64, in Washington, D.C. The contest was particularly special for Katie Healy of the Bonnies.

Healy (Lancaster) sank two free throws early in the first half to reach 1,000 points for her career. She’s only the 20th Bona player to reach that number. Healy also is the ninth player to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds.

Nyla Rueter scored 21 points to lead St. Bonaventure, while Mariah Ruff added 10. Healy finished the game with eight points.

This was a close game for most of the contest. The Hoyas were up by five points with under six minutes left, but the Bonnies fought back to tie it, 61-all, with three minutes to go. Then Bona finished the game with a 9-3 spurt to capture the victory.

St. Bonaventure (10-3) has off until its next game on Jan. 3 against Massachuetts in an Atlantic 10 matchup.

In men’s action, Niagara hopes some home cooking will be helpful as it tries to break a six-game losing streak. The Purple Eagles will host Arkansas State tonight at the Gallagher Center (7 p.m., TWCS, Radio 1400 AM).

Niagara hasn’t won since beating Saint Peter’s on the road on Nov. 20. That put its record at 1-1, but the team has had its problems since then. The Eagles’ last loss was to UB on Friday.

Arkansas State hosted Niagara last year in the first-ever meeting between the teams. The Red Wolves won that game handily, 86-61. This year Arkansas State is 4-4, and has won its last two games.

It’s the start of a four-game homestand for Niagara. Tonight’s game is followed by Albany, Manhattan and Monmouth.