Crowley Named A-10 Coach of the Year
Newport News, Va. – After compiling a 22-9 record and finishing second in the Atlantic 10 with a mark of 11-5, the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team received and impressive five postseason awards, as the league announced its yearly All-Conference awards on Tuesday afternoon. Jim Crowley was named A-10 Coach of the Year, sophomore forward Katie Healy was named the conference’s Most Improved Player and to the All-Conference first team, sophomore forward Hannah Little was named the Sixth Woman of the Year, and sophomore guard Nyla Rueter earned third team All-Conference accolades.
Crowley earned Coach of the Year for the third time in six years and second time in the last three seasons. Crowley guided the Bonnies to their fifth 20-win season in the last six years. Their 11 conference wins marks the second time in program history the team has won 10 or more conference games. Coming off a 3-11 conference record last year, the Bonnies were predicted to finish ninth in the Atlantic 10 preseason coaches’ poll. They proceeded to defeat six out of the eight teams picked ahead of them and secured the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship tournament. Crowley’s record in 14 seasons at St. Bonaventure is 217-206; he is 130-65 over the last six seasons.
Healy is just the sixth played in program history to be named to the first team All-Conference and the first ever honored as Most Improved Player. Healy leads St. Bonaventure and ranks third in the A-10 in scoring at 16.3 points per game. In A-10 games, she scored in double figures in every contest and averaged 18.1 points per game. The Lancaster, N.Y., native has scored 20 or more points 11 times this season, including four times with 25 or more and a career-high of 27 points twice. Her 506 points so far this season ranks 11th all-time in a single season in program history. Healy also averages 7.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 blocked shots per game. In A-10 games, Healy ranks sixth among A-10 players in defensive rebounds, seventh in field goal percentage and 10th in both blocked shots and rebounds.
Rueter ranks in the top 10 in four different A-10 statistical categories. She leads the A-10 in three-point field goal percentage in conference play (27-59; 46%) and her 53% field goal percentage overall is third best among A-10 players. The Hagerstown, Ind., native averages 11.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game. She scored a career-high 27 points against UMass on Feb. 8th and has scored in double figures 18 times this season. Rueter is the 10th player in the program to earn Third Team All-Conference accolades.
Little played in a first player off the bench role for much of the season until she recently moved into a starting role. The 6-1 sophomore from Rochester Hills, Mich., has a team-high eight double-doubles this season and is currently three rebounds away from breaking St. Bonaventure’s single season rebounding record of 269 set by Sue Shay in 1990. Little ranks sixth in the A-10 in rebounding (8.7 per game) this season, including third in defensive rebounds (6.3 per game). She also averages 10.3 points per game, which ranks third on the team behind Healy and Rueter.
St. Bonaventure heads to Richmond, Va., for the Atlantic 10 Tournament this week at the Richmond Coliseum. The Bonnies have a first round bye and will play the winner of the La Salle vs. Saint Louis opening round contest on Friday, March 7, at 5:00 p.m