St. Bonaventure won its 14th game in a row, held on to a share of first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference women’s basketball standings and Nyla Rueter scored her 1,000th career point all in one night Wednesday.
The Bonnies (15-2, 4-0 A-10) led all the way in defeating Davidson (7-10, 1-3), 59-47, at John M. Belk Arena in Davidson, N.C.
Rueter scored 15 points, including four three-pointers in six attempts, and senior Katie Healy (Lancaster) recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.
While the Bonnies were winning, Duquesne and George Washington also were chalking up their fourth straight A-10 wins on Wednesday night. The Dukes defeated Rhode Island, 79-70, while GW rolled over La Salle, 83-59.
Bona led 25-19 at the half and expanded its margin to 37-21 in the second half.
In Muncie, Ind., the University at Buffalo women got another strong performance from Joanna Smith but lost to Ball State, 68-63, and fell to 10-5 overall and 2-2 in Mid-American Conference play. Ball State is 11-4 overall, 3-1 in the MAC.
Smith led the Bulls with 21 points while Stephanie Reid added 11.
The difference was at the free-throw line. Ball State, which led most of the second half, made 13 of 21 while the Bulls had only six tries at the line, making four. UB outrebounded the Cardinals, 41-39, but had two more turnovers (17-15). Each side hit for 25 field goals. However, UB was 9 for 25 (36 percent) on three-point tries to 5 of 19 (26.3) for the home team.
UB led 35-34 at the half but trailed by many as 11, 59-48, before rallying. UB got as close as 64-63 after a Karin Moss jumper with 37 seconds left, but Smith missed a three-point try with 6 seconds to go that would have tied it before Renee Bennett of the Cardinals cashed two foul shots with 0:01 left.