Something Must Give As Bona Women Face Duquesne Wednesday
RV/RV St. Bonaventure (20-2, 7-0) @ Duquesne (15-6, 3-3)
Wednesday, Feb. 1 | 7 PM | A.J. Palumbo Center (4,406)
Game Notes: St. Bonaventure | Duquesne | Atlantic 10
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For those on campus and in the Olean area, the game will be streamed in the Rathskeller beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday. For those unable to make it to the 'Skeller, the video link accompany this release, or by clicking here, will access video streaming.
Riding the second-longest winning streak in program history at nine games, St. Bonaventure – which is sitting right outside the top-25 in the national polls – looks to remain perfect on the road as it travels to a Duquesne squad which will be aiming to keep its unblemished home mark intact. SBU won the earlier meeting between these two rivals, 61-53.
The Bonnies received 61 points in the AP Poll, finishing as the No. 26 team in the country just nine points out of the No. 25 position which is occupied by Texas Tech. In the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, SBU checked in at No. 28 with 19 points. The No. 26 AP showing is the highest ranking of any men's or women's Big 4 basketball team (St. Bonaventure, Niagara, Canisius, Buffalo) since the Bona men were last ranked in January 1971 – before the women's program at Bonaventure even existed.
Bonaventure is 9-0 on the road this year, one win shy of tying a program record for most road victories in a season. That is the best road record in the entire nation, and SBU is one of only three teams undefeated on the road in the country (No. 1 Baylor – 6-0; No. 10 Green Bay – 8-0). Meanwhile, Duquesne is 11-0 at home – the only A-10 school with a perfect home record. Also on the line is Bona's program-record 11 straight regular-season A-10 wins, dating back to last yearSenior Jessica Jenkins knocked down a season-high-tying eight 3-pointers against La Salle on Saturday. Already the conference's all-time record holder, Jenkins became the only player in A-10 history with 300 career 3's as she now owns 303. That number ties her with Florida Gulf Coast's Kelsey Jacobson as the nation's active leader in career 3-pointers made. Furthermore, she has hit five or more 3's in a game 23 times in her career (22 since the start of her sophomore year), and that is the most of any player in the nation.
Head coach Jim Crowley is currently in the midst of the best turnaround in women's college basketball. With the win over La Salle on Saturday, Crowley evened his career record for the first time since Nov. 19, 2000 – his second game on SBU's bench. At one point during his 12-year tenure at Bonaventure, Crowley was 62 games under .500 (57-119). Since that time he is 60 games over .500 (117-57). Among active coaches who remained at the same institution, that is the greatest turnaround in terms of record in the entire nation.
The Brown and White leads the A-10 in scoring margin (+11) despite averaging just 64.7 points per game – sixth-best in the league. They are one of only three A-10 teams with a positive double-digit scoring margin. Furthermore, only a trio of schools in the nation – South Carolina, LSU and Georgetown – average fewer points per game that have a greater scoring margin than the Bonnies.
~ Senior Alex Gensler is 11 3-pointers shy of becoming Duquesne's all-time leader as she currently has 215 makes
~ Senior Vanessa Abel – who led the A-10 in assists last year – has not played since Jan. 3 due to a stress fracture of the patella; she's expected to be out 3-6 weeks
~ Abel and Gensler need just one win to become the program's all-time winningest senior class as they currently have 79 victories
~ The Dukes have not played a game this year in which they had more turnovers than their opponent; they lost their only game in which turnovers were equal – earlier this year against St. Bonaventure
~ Duquesne is 14-0 when leading at the half and 10-0 when out-rebounding its opponent
~ DU was picked 3rd in the A-10 preseason poll and placed four players on various all-conference teams
St. Bonaventure returns to the Reilly Center to face George Washington on Saturday. Tipoff from Bob Lanier Court is set for 1 p.m.