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Bona women beat UMass to end road losing streak

For one day, there’s no place like road for the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team.

Mariah Ruff, Gabby Richmond and Mckenna Maycock (Randolph) delivered solid performances at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass., as the Bonnies defeated Atlantic 10 host Massachusetts, 55-38, during a Thursday matinee that served as the Education Day at UMass.

Ruff scored a game-high 17 points to go with six assists and five rebounds for Bona (7-12, 2-5), which won away from Reilly Center for the first time in nine games this season. Dating back to last season, the Bonnies had lost their last nine true road games. They did win a neutral site game during the first round of the NCAA Tournament last March.

Maycock finished with nine points, five rebounds and four assists. Her basket just before the end of the second quarter staked the Bonnies to a 26-18 halftime lead.

Richmond added nine points and seven rebounds for a Bona crew that returns to action at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Reilly Center against Duquesne.

Bona led 38-31 with 8 minutes, 27 seconds left when it put the game away by scoring seven straight points as part of a 14-3 run.

The Bonnies shot 50 percent during the first half. UMass fell to 9-11 and 3-4 in the A-10.

For Saturday’s home game, Washington West Elementary School students and staff will receive free admission, while tickets for parents and families cost $3.

Big 4 Friday

The schedule is light this Friday for the area’s Division I schools.

The Canisius men (12-7, 5-3) hit the road, looking to bounce back from Monday’s home loss to Monmouth against fellow Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference team Quinnipiac (7-11, 4-4) in a game that will be played at TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. (7 p.m., Radio: 1230 AM, 102.9 FM)

The Niagara women (5-13, 2-7) will be at home as Fairfield (8-9, 5-3) visits the Gallagher Center for a 7 p.m. start in the MAAC.

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