Maycock Hits Five 3s In Loss

FAIRFAX, Va. — A big first-quarter deficit proved too much to overcome despite several rally efforts by the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team in a 78-63 setback to George Mason on Sunday afternoon at EagleBank Arena.

Four St. Bonaventure players reached double figure scoring on the day — Arielle Harvey led the way with 16 points despite being limited to 23 minutes of action due to early foul trouble. Mariah Ruff finished with 15 points and seven assists while Mckenna Maycock delivered 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting beyond the arc and Danielle Migliore posted 10 points, all in strong scoring efforts.

George Mason graduate transfer Natalie Butler led all scorers with 23 points, adding 24 rebounds for her 27th consecutive double-double.

George Mason (21-7, 10-4 Atlantic 10) seized control early, opening the game on a 10-2 run in the first 2:21 of game time, and opened the spread to 20-6 following 10 minutes of play.

St. Bonaventure got itself back into the game with a solid second quarter, outscoring the Patriots by a 19-13 margin during the period while forcing Mason into 13 first half turnovers. George Mason’s lead was cut to single digits, 33-25, as the teams headed to intermission after Ruff muscled through three defenders for a layup off the glass with three seconds left before the halftime buzzer.

The Bonnies continued their battle back early in the third, cutting their deficit to 40-33 just over three minutes into the second half following a corner trey by Migliore.

Though the Bonnies remained in striking distance for the entirety of the third, the seven-point difference would be as close as they would come. As the third quarter expired, a trey from the far corner by Maycock made the score 58-45 after 30 minutes.

Three-point shooting kept the Bonnies close in the fourth quarter as another shot from long range off the fingertips of Harvey made it a 65-54 score with under four minutes to go.

Two at the line by Ruff pulled Bona to within single digits again, 67-58, with 3:18 remaining. Bona could get no closer, however.

Next up for the Bonnies is a trip to Rhode Island on Wednesday night. The Bonnies will tip-off against the Rams at 7 p.m.

NOTES: The Bonnies had 11 3-pointers for the day, their seventh game of 10 or more treys — the most for the program since the 2010-11 season. … Maycock set her career high with five 3-pointers. Her previous best was four, coming twice this season — vs. UMBC and at Bucknell. … Harvey had 22 points against George Mason in the meeting Jan. 31 at the Reilly Center. … Ruff’s seven assists give her 414 for her career, just one away from Roni Hergenroeder (’91) who ranks fourth in program history with 415. She now also has 138 helpers for the season, seventh-best in Bona history. She has seven or more assists nine times this season including the past four straight games (8.5 assists per game over that stretch).

ST. BONAVENTURE (63)

Calabrese 2-6 0-0 6, Harvey 5-8 3-5 16, Ruff 4-12 0-0 10, Maycock 5-13 0-0 15, Terry 0-5 1-2 1, Council 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-62 6-9 63.

GEORGE MASON (78)

Butler 5-14 11-12 23, Bolton 2-5 0-0 4, Cardano-Hillary 7-13 3-5 19, Dodson 5-9 4-5 15, Kaminski 3-4 0-0 7, Musgrave 0-1 1-2 1, Grate 0-0 0-0 0, Korpinen 2-4 0-0 5, Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Gatling 2-4 0-0 4, McCool 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-54 19-24 78.

St. Bonaventure 6 19 20 18 — 63

George Mason 20 13 25 20 — 78

3-point goals–St. Bonaventure 11-29 (Harvey 3-6, Ruff 1-7, Migliore 2-6, Maycock 5-9, Council 0-1), George Mason 7-18 (Butler 2-3, Bolton 0-3, Cardano-Hillary 2-5, Dodson 1-1, Kaminski 1-2, Musgrave 0-1, Korpinen 1-3), Total rebounds–St. Bonaventure 25 (Migliore 5), George Mason 46 (Butler 24), Total fouls–St. Bonaventure 19, George Mason 15. Assists–St. Bonaventure 16 (Ruff 7), George Mason 15 (Cardano-Hillary 4).

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