OPENING TIP OVERVIEW
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team (7-6) welcomes N.C. State (7-5) to the Reilly Center for the first ever meeting between the two programs. The Bonnies are currently riding their first multi-game win streak since their 3-0 start to the 2012-13 campaign.
SCOUTING N.C. STATE
The Wolfpack enter this matchup having lost their last game and ACC opener against Miami (FL) by a score of 79-53. The seven wins for the Wolfpack have come against Wofford, Auburn, Longwood, Charleston Southern, Arizona State, Elon and Presbyterian. The other four losses have come to Florida, Northern Iowa, Michigan State and LSU.
N.C. State is lead by two double-figure scorers, Kody Burke (14.9) and Marissa Kastanek (11.6) with MarKeisha Gatling (9.4) trailing closely behind. Burke also tosses in 7.7 rebounds per game to go with her team leading scoring average.
vs. KENT STATE
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team remained perfect at home this season by routing Kent State (1-9) 79-42 in the second of a three-game home stand for the Brown and White.
The second half was all St. Bonaventure. The lead for the Bonnies hovered around 20 until the 7:33 mark when Jordan McGee stole a pass and went coast-to-coast, converted a reverse lay-in and drew the foul. Following the free throw, SBU commenced on a 19-6 run to close out the 37 point victory, their largest margin in a win so far this season.
Statistically Kent State was the best game so far this season for the Bonnies offense. 79 points was a season high. In addition to a season high in points the Bonnies made a season best 29 field goals while handing out a season best 21 assists en route to shooting a season high 49.2 percent from the floor. Their 25 points off turnovers were also a season high.
Their 59 field goal attempts was the second highest total this season. The Brown and White went 9-22 from three-point range, both those are numbers are the second highest total this season in those categories. Their 10 steals are the second highest season total as well.
SHARING IS CARING
Despite all of the season high team totals, not one Bonnie recorded a season or career high point total against Kent State. Dixon led all scorers with 17 while Ortega contributed 12. Ashley Zahn, Hannah Little and Katie Healy each added eight points. Emily Michael pitched in nine points on 3-5 shooting from deep in her fifth career start. Alaina Walker tossed in six while McGee and Rueter added four each. Kelcie Rombach managed three points to round out the Bonnies scoring. Tatiana Wilson was the only Bona player to see action and not score.
The Bonnies offense has been a true picture of distribution so far this season. There are four players averaging 8.8 points or more, Alaina Walker(8.8), CeCe Dixon (10.3), Ashley Zahn (9.1) and Doris Ortega (11.7). The Brown and White have had six different players lead the team in scoring in a game, two of which are freshmen (Nyla Rueter, Emily Michael).