Women's Basketball Looks To Bounce Back At Kent State
St. Bonaventure (4-1) @ Kent State (1-4)
Wednesday, Nov. 30 | 7 P.M. | M.A.C. Center (6,327)
Game Notes: St. Bonaventure | Kent State | Atlantic 10
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After dropping its first game of the season on Sunday afternoon to now No. 24 Delaware, the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team looks to bounce back and keep its perfect road record intact Wednesday night against Kent State.
The Golden Flashes enter with a 1-4 record, with their lone victory coming at home on a late 3-pointer to defeat Morehead State, 65-64. Last year, St. Bonaventure defeated Kent State at the Reilly Center, 67-52.
St. Bonaventure will be looking to start a season 4-0 on the road for just the second time since joining the Division I ranks prior to the 1986-87 year. The Bonnies commenced the 2009-10 campaign with a 4-0 road mark. Furthermore, a win at Kent State would give Bona its fourth road triumph in the month of November for the first time in program history.
The contest with Kent State will be the fourth of 11 rematches of non-conference games played last year by the Bonnies. In those games, Bona went 7-4. So far this year the Brown and White is 3-0 in such games, avenging losses to St. John's, West Virginia and Morgan State.
St. Bona enters Wednesday's meeting turning the ball over just 11.8 times per game, the third-best average in the entire nation. On the other side, Kent State averages 29 giveaways per outing, tied for 334 out of 336 schools in the country.
After playing just 20 total minutes in Bonaventure's first three games this year, junior transfer Jordan McGee played 43 minutes in the last two contests, including a season-high 27 on Sunday against Delaware. All 10 of her points on the campaign have come in the last two contests, including seven of her nine rebounds.
Kent State returns just two letterwinners and no starters from a team which went 20-10 last season and qualified for the WNIT. While the Bonnies return all five starters and 92 percent of their offense from last year, the Golden Flashes bring back just 13 percent of theirs as their 10-man roster consists of four freshmen and six juniors.
The Golden Flashes and Bonnies are two of the best free throw shooting teams in the nation. KSU enters ranked 11th, connecting at an 81.3-percent clip, while SBU checks in 22nd at 77.6 percent.
Senior Jennie Ashton has tied her career high in points each of the last two games, tallying five in back-to-back outings against Morgan State and Delaware. Prior to those contests, the Texas native had scored five points in a game just once. Those 10 points the last two games represent 21.7 percent of her 46 career points.
Scouting Kent State
~ KSU is coming off two losses at the Northern Arizona Classic over Thanksgiving, falling to Utah Valley, 46-45, and Northern Arizona, 72-56
~ Junior Trisha Krewson is the lone Kent State player averaging double-figure points as she tallies 12.2 per contest
~ The Golden Flashes will play just 10 non-conference games, including their next two matchups against Atlantic 10 member Temple and Bona rival Canisius
~ Kent State boasts players from four different countries (United States, Canada, France, Spain)
~ KSU was picked to finish fourth out of six teams in the Mid-American Conference East Division
~ Head coach Bob Lindsay is the MAC's all-time leader in wins for either men's or women's basketball, owning 413 career victories – 173 more than his closest competitor
St. Bonaventure will head East on Interstate 86 for a matchup with Binghamton Saturday afternoon. It will be the second time already this year that the Brown and White will play three games in three different cities in seven days. Tipoff from the Events Center is set for 2 p.m.