St. Bonaventure (7-7) at Green Bay (9-2)
Sat., Jan. 5 | 3:00 PM ET | Green Bay, Wis.
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Game Notes: St. Bona | A-10 | Green Bay
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OPENING TIP OVERVIEW
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team (7-7) hits the road once again to close out their non-conference slate in Wisconsin against the Green Bay Phoenix (9-2). It will be the first meeting between the two programs. The Bonnies are trying to avoid a below .500 non-conference schedule for the first time since the 2004-05 season when they were 5-6 heading into A-10 play.
SCOUTING GREEN BAY
The Phoenix boast a dominant 9-2 record as well as a perfect 4-0 mark at home. Their losses have come at the hands of James Madison and Central Michigan. Green Bay holds notable victories over Missouri, Richmond, Marquette, Wisconsin and Wichita State.
Green Bay has dominated its opponents, winning by an average of 15.1 points per game. They also hand out an outstanding 15.8 assists per game. They have started the same lineup in all eleven games this season and are led by Adrian Ritchie who is averaging 15.5 points per game. Sarah Eichler scores 12.8 ppg while Stephanie Sension pitches in 11.4 ppg.
Green Bay finished 2011-12 with a 31-2 record and defeated Iowa State to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season. They were ultimately defeated by Kentucky who went on to the Elite 8. The Phoenix were led by All-American and WNBA 2nd Round pick Julie Wojta. Green Bay was one of three teams in the nation last season to post a perfect road record. Baylor and St. Bonaventure were the other two.
VS. N.C. STATE
N.C. State (8-5) handed the Bonnies their first home loss in five games this season with a 70-66 victory on Sunday (Dec. 30) afternoon at the Reilly Center.
Down 13 with just 3:46 to play, the Bonnies commenced a run led by CeCe Dixon (23 pts) and Ashley Zahn (14 pts) that would cut the N.C. State lead to just two with 18 seconds remaining. Nyla Rueter committed a foul to stop the clock sending Krystal Barrett to the free throw line for N.C. State. Barrett missed the front end of the one-and-one but leading scorer Kody Burke collected the offensive rebound and converted a lay-in to put the finishing touches on her team-high 20 points. The magic ran out on the Bonnies and N.C. State held on for the victory.
NEW YEAR NEW LIFE
The Bonnies finished the 2012 calendar year with a 26-9 overall record spread across two seasons. The historic 2011-12 Bonnies went 19-2 in 2012 while the current Bonnies are 7-7. The 2012-13 Bonnies will look to repeat the success the new year brought to last seasons squad. Last year's team started out 2012 with an 17-game win streak before losing to Dayton in the A-10 Championship game.
Non-Conference FinaleSt. Bonaventure is 6-4 in their last ten non-conference finale games. They have won five or their last six. The four losses have come at the hands of Virginia, Pittsburgh, Nebraska and Vermont. All four have come on the road.
DIXON HEATING UP
Since sitting out against Buffalo (Dec. 5), CeCe Dixon has started to heat up on the offensive end. Prior to missing the Buffalo game, Dixon was averaging 10.2 points per game. In the four games since her return Dixon is averaging 13.8 points. If you remove her zero point performance against West Virginia, Dixon is averaging 18.3 points over the previous three contests.