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Bona women drop seventh straight

OLEAN – On the night the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team honored one of its own, the Bonnies failed to find a solution to their losing ways.

Bona dropped its seventh in a row Wednesday night, falling, 76-63, to Duquesne before 803 at the Reilly Center.

On the night when Bona (11-10, 1-7) honored Katie Healy, the junior from Lancaster poured in a game-high 25 points. It wasn’t enough to help the Bonnies win for the first time since opening Atlantic 10 conference play Jan. 3 with a victory over Massachusetts.

Healy was honored for becoming the 20th member of Bona’s 1,000-point club. She’s the ninth Bonnie to record both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in her career.

Duquesne (13-8, 5-3) bolted to an 11-0 lead and never relinquished its advantage, although Bona did pull with three on a few occasions, the final time with 1:57 left in the first half on Nyla Reuter’s two free throws. The Dukes led, 32-24 at halftime and used a quick 9-4 burst to open the second half to keep Bona at bay. April Thompson had 20 points and was one of five Duquesne players in double-figures.

Thursday’s game

The Niagara women’s basketball team hits the road, hoping to end a losing streak when it faces Saint Peter’s at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, N.J. in a game in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (7 p.m., ESPN3).

The Purple Eagles (8-11, 4-6) have lost five of their last six and have dropped two straight since winning at Monmouth on Jan. 18. Saint Peter’s (1-17, 1-8) has lost seven in a row. In MAAC play, Victoria Rampado leads Niagara at 13.3 points.