@BonniesWBB Hosts George Washington On Wednesday For Battle Of Second Place
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team will play in its final home game on Wednesday night at the Reilly Center, as George Washington comes to town sporting the same 10-4 conference record as the Bonnies.
Opponent: George Washington Colonials
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center
Last Time Out
The Bonnies led wire-to-wire to defeat George Mason on Saturday (Feb. 22), 57-53. Chelsea Bowker recorded a game-high 19 points; Hannah Little registered a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds while Katie Healy added 12 points and six boards.
St. Bonaventure is currently tied for second place in the A-10 with George Washington with a 10-4 record. Fordham, Saint Joseph's and Duquesne are close behind with 9-5 records. The Bonnies defeated Fordham on Feb. 1, 74-67 and Saint Joseph's on Feb. 5, 73-67. SBU and Duquesne split in its regular season home and home series.
The Bonnies are among just five teams in the A-10 who have reached the 20+ win mark this season.
SBU has reached the 20 win mark in five out of its last six seasons dating back to the2008-09 season. The Bonnies' combined record since the 2008-09 season to present is 129-64.
The Bonnies rank 20th in the country in 3-PT FG percentage (143-386; 37%) and 39th in Field Goal Percentage (44%). SBU is the number two most improved field goal team in the nation this season, as it is shooting eight percent better from the field this season than it did last season.
The combined team records of the Bonnies' eight losses this season is 155-61 (.717) for an average record of 19-8. Among those eight losses, UConn is the unanimous no. 1 ranked team in the nation while NC State is currently ranked 13th.
SBU currently has four players registering double figure averages in the scoring department in A-10 play:
- Katie Healy: 17.9 points per game
- Nyla Rueter: 12.9 points per game
- Hannah Little: 10.1 points per game
- Chelsea Bowker: 10 points per game
Emily Michael (32.7 minutes), Nyla Rueter (31.8) and Katie Healy (31.0) pace the Bonnies in minutes played per game this season.
The Bonnies are shooting 46% from the field in A-10 games this season.
St. Bona Team Rankings in the A-10:
The Bonnies currently rank (in the top 5)...
-First in Field Goal Percentage- 304-661 (46%)
-First in 3-Point Field Goal Percentage- 75-193 (39%)
-First in Rebounding Defense- 31.8 average per game
-Second in Field Goal Percentage Defense - 291-780 (37%)
-Fourth in Defensive Rebound Percentage
(Team D-Reb. 367, Opp. O-Reb. 142- 72%)
-Fourth in 3-Point Field Goals Made- 5.4 average per game
-Fourth in Scoring Defense- 60.6 average per game
-Fifth in Blocked Shots- 3.0 average per game
-Fifth in Rebounding Margin- (+1.9)
Bonnies in the A-10 (A-10 games only):
-Fourth in Defensive Rebounds (5.9 per game)
-Seventh in Field Goal Percentage (90-181; 50%)
-10th in Rebounding (7.3 per game)
-10th in Blocked Shots (0.9 per game)
-First in 3-Point Field Goal Percentage (25-53; 47%)
-Third in Field Goal Percentage (64-116; 55%)
-10th in 3-Point Field Goals Made (1.8 per game)
-T/Fifth in Rebounding (8.3 per game)
-T/Fifth in Defensive Rebounds (5.8 per game)
-T/ninth in Offensive Rebounds (2.5 per game)
-13th in Blocked Shots (0.8)
-Fifth in Assist /Turnover Ratio (2.0 per game)
-Eighth in Minutes Played (34.4 per game)
-First in 3-Point Field Goals Made (2.7 per game)
-Second in 3-Point Field Goal Percentage (38-97; 39%)
*Milestone watch for Bowker: Chelsea Bowker is currently 52 points away from reaching 1,000 career points.
Scouting The Colonials
The Colonials are on a three game winning streak after posting victories over VCU, UMass and Richmond.
GW has four players averaging double digit points, as graduate student Megan Nipe leads all players in scoring with 14.4 points per game. Sophomore Jonquel Jones is averaging a double-double per game with 13.8 points and 10.5 rebounds in 16 games played this season.
Danni Jackson (12.4 points per game) and Caira Washington (11.9 points per game) round out the players averaging double figures in points. Jackson also has a team-high 156 assists, ranking her third in the A-10. Washington is second on the Colonials in rebounding with 9.1 per game and has the team-lead in blocked shots with 32.
This season, George Washington holds a +9.3 margin in scoring over its opponents and a +6.3 edge in rebounding. The team is shooting 43% from the field this season.
George Washington won last season's meeting 57-52 in Washington on February 24, 2013. Katie Healy registered a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards in the setback for the Brown and White.
Wednesday night's game will be the 39th meeting between the Bonnies and Colonials. GW leads the all-time series 33-5, however, SBU has won three out of the last five dating back to the 2009 season.
St. Bonaventure will head to Philadelphia to take on La Salle on Saturday, March 1st in its final regular season contest before heading to the Atlantic 10 Tournament in Richmond, Va. the following week. Saturday's meeting against La Salle will be the second between the two teams this season, with SBU winning the first meeting 58-35 on Jan. 15.