The season is over for the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team, but the Bonnies and senior Mariah Ruff can leave with their heads high.
Bona hung with George Mason and its star center Natalie Butler all the way Tuesday night before losing to the Patriots, 89-79, in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament.
The top performer in the game wasn't Butler., who rang up her 30th straight double-double with 20 points and 19 rebounds. Jacy Bolton led the Patriots with 24 points.
Ruff, playing her last game for Bona, led all scorers with 30 points. Sophomore Danielle Migliore had 16 points and junior Mckenna Maycock 15 for Bona.
UB (23-4, 14-2) at Kent State (12-16, 5-11): A win would give the Bulls the most in a season by a UB women's basketball team, and the Bulls have at least two more games to play. UB already has won more MAC games than ever in women's basketball. UB defeated the Golden Flashes, 80-42, at Alumni Arena on Feb. 7 and clinched a No. 2 seed for the conference tournament.
Senior center Cassie Oursler (Grand Island) was named MAC East player of the week for the second week in a row after she averaged 16.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in wins over Bowling Green and Ohio U. and despite a UB record 23-rebound performance by teammate Summer Hemphill against Ohio.
Daemen (12-16, 9-9) at Roberts Wesleyan (19-9, 13-5): The Wildcats will be making their first appearance in the East Coast Conference playoffs since joining in 2013-14. It will be the sixth game this season for Daemen at Roberts' Voller Athletic Center. Four were in tournaments, the fifth was a 97-91 loss to the RedHawks in three overtimes on Jan. 6. Senior Sarah Saba (Lancaster) will finish her career as the first player in Daemen history to lead the team in scoring for four straight seasons. Saba has 1,752 career points and averaged 17.7 ppg in the regular season.
Niagara CCC (17-10, 9-5 WNY) Erie CC (8-16, 4-9): Final regular season game is also the third meeting of the season between the Thunder Wolves and the Kats. NCCA won both previous meetings, 94-56 and 71-59. Diamond Fedrick of NCCC scored 30 points against Mercyhurst North East in her last game. She is averaging 15.8. Shabecca Minor (McKinley) at 17.8 and Aaron Shabazz (Cardinal O'Hara) at 17.0 lead ECC in scoring.
Roberts Wesleyan (14-13, 7-11 ECC) at Daemen (21-7, 15-3 ECC): It will be a first-round game in the East Coast Conference at Lumsden Gymnasium in Amherst. Coach Mike MacDonald's Wildcats have won 15 of their last 16 games and seven in a row since a loss to regular season ECC champion Bridgeport.
Redshirt freshman center Andrew Sischo, 6-feet-9, is averaging 15.8 points a game for Daemen and was named ECC Rookie of the Week for the ninth time this season.
Daemen, which is 14-2 at home, defeated Roberts Wesleyan, 98-73 and 77-70 in the regular season. Roberts is the only ECC team to defeat Bridgeport this season.
Niagara CCC (19-9, 8-6 WNY) at ECC (16-8, 7-4 WNY): Kats won the two previous meetings, 106-103 at home and 98-68 in Sanborn. A loss at Monroe on Saturday ended ECC's three-game win streak. Kyle Harris (Park) leads the Kats in scoring at 14.1. Donel Cathcart (Cardinal O'Hara), at 20.6, and Laterrance Reed (Canisius), at 17.8, top the scoring for NCCC.