Katie Healy scored a career high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the visiting St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team beat Colgate, 77-72, Sunday in Hamilton.
The Bonnies led by as many as 10 points in the first half, but a late run by Colgate cut the lead to four heading into halftime.
Bona enjoyed another 10 point lead in the second half, but this time Colgate cut the lead to three points three times in the final four minutes. That’s as close as the Raiders got, as the Bonnies knocked down all four free throws in the final minute.
“It’s really tough to win on the road, and Colgate played a really good game, you could tell how hungry they were for a win. As the game went on we got lost in transition defense and fouled too much,” said Bona coach Jim Crowley, “but at the end of the day, when we needed to make plays, we came together and made plays.”
Chelsea Bowker added 18 points, including four three-pointers. Gabby Richmond chipped in with 16 points and five boards.
MEN’S BASKETBALL: St. Bonaventure, coming of a 68-46 win over South Dakota in its home opener, looks to make it two in a row tonight against Abilene Christian at 7 p.m. in the Reilly Center.
Abilene Christian fell, 94-75, in its season opener at Duquesne. Junior college transfer Harrison Hawkins, a 6-footer from Long Beach, Calif., scored 26 points against the Dukes.
This will be the first meeting between the two schools. The game will be the second start in three days for both teams.
This is the Wildcats’ first year in NCAA Division I. Abilene Christian returns only one player from last year’s team, sophomore guard Parker Wentz, who averaged 8.3 points per game and shot 39 percent from three-point range.
The team brought in eight junior college transfers this season, led by Julian Edmonson, LaDarrien Williams, and Austin Cooke. The Wildcats have had just one winning season (2007-08) since 1998-99. They remain on the road to face Maryland on Wednesday.
The Bonnies shook off a slow start against South Dakota. The Coyotes led, 17-9, early before the Bonnies rattled off a 22-4 run to take a 31-21 lead at halftime. The Bonnies used pressure defense to fuel the run. Charlon Kloof had four of St. Bonaventure’s eight steals and South Dakota committed 17 turnovers. In the second half, the Bonnies built on their lead, never letting the Coyotes gain any momentum.
Kloof led all scorers with 16 points and also had seven assists with no turnovers. Marquise Simmons and Dion Wright both scored 12 points.
• Canisius opens its season tonight against South Dakota at 7 p.m. in the Koessler Center. South Dakota is playing its first season under new coach Joey James.
The Coyotes went 10-20 last season. They are 1-0 all-time in the Koessler Center, having beaten the Golden Griffins, 67-55, on Dec. 8, 2011.
In its history, Canisius is 75-32 in season openers.