Six days between games gave the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team more than enough time to regroup.
The Bonnies snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating Albany, 67-59, at the Reilly Center in a matchup between programs that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.
Mariah Ruff was one of three players to score in double figures for Bona (5-6), which had been idle since closing a two-game roadie with a 74-50 loss at Toledo last Sunday.
Ruff had 16 points and six of the Bonnies’ 17 assists for the game. It’s the fourth time she’s had six or more assists in a game this year.
All-time Western New York scholastic-points leader Mckenna Maycock (Randolph) set a career high for points during her collegiate career as the Bona sophomore finished with 13 to top her previous best output of 10 – accomplished earlier this season.
Jalisha Terry (13) and Gabby Richmond (11) also scored in double-digits for St. Bonaventure, which shot a season-best 50 percent. The Bonnies also made life difficult for the Great Danes (6-6) on offense. Bona forced 19 turnovers and limited its guests to 22 for 63 shooting (35 percent).
“Start to finish we played with a really tough effort level,” Bonnies coach Jesse Fleming said. “We talked about how we would respond after last week and how we had to take accountability to make ourselves better. We had three excellent practices this week and it really showed on the court (Sunday).”
St. Bonaventure returns to action at noon Wednesday when it makes the trip to Alumni Arena to face unbeaten University at Buffalo (8-0), another NCAA Tournament participant last year.
Service night at Bona
In Big 4 action Monday, St. Bonaventure’s men’s team hosts Army at 7 p.m. at Reilly Center.
It’ll be the first meeting between the programs since 1970 and it will also be Service Night as active and retired servicemen and women along with fire, police and EMS workers will be honored by the school.
The Bonnies enter the contest having won six of their last seven, including Saturday’s 79-69 win over Niagara at the Big 4 Classic at KeyBank Center.
Jaylen Adams needs 14 points to hit 1,000 for his career.
In women’s action, Canisius (2-7) visits Morehead State (9-3) for a 5:15 p.m. start at Johnson Arena in Morehead, Kentucky.