Opponent: Bowling Green State University Falcons
Date: Monday, March 24
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Stroh Center – Bowling Green, Ohio
Radio: WGWE 105.9 FM (Mike Smith, Steve McCord)
Last Time Out (WNIT Round One):
St. Bonaventure used a dominant performance in the second half to record an 81-62 win over Charlotte on Friday night at the Reilly Center. After trailing 26-25 at halftime, the Bonnies outscored the 49ers 56-36 in the second half. A 10-2 run capped by a three-pointer by Chelsea Bowker with 4:52 remaining gave St. Bonaventure a 64-50 lead. Sophomore forward Katie Healy set a school record for points in a postseason game with a career high 28 points. Healy was 11-15 from the field and 6-7 at the free throw line. She also grabbed 12 rebounds. Fellow sophomore forward Hannah Little scored 20 points and her 15 rebounds were also a St. Bonaventure postseason record.
This is the fifth time out of the last six seasons that St. Bonaventure is in the postseason. The Bonnies earned an automatic bid into the WNIT by finishing in second place in the Atlantic 10. Listed below are the Bonnies postseason appearances:
About The Bonnies:
- The Bonnies' 24 wins are the second-most in school history, trailing only the 2011-12 Sweet Sixteen team's 31 victories.
- The Bonnies' 11 conference wins (8-0 on home court) marks the second time in program history the team has won 10 or more conference games. The other time was in 2011-12 in which the team finished with a perfect 14-0 conference record in the regular season.
- Head coach Jim Crowley has earned 20+ wins in five out of the last six seasons.
- The Bonnies received five postseason awards from the Atlantic 10. Starting with head coach Jim Crowley being named Coach of the Year for the third time. Katie Healy was named the Most Improved Player of the Year as well as to the First Team All-Conference. Hannah Little was named the Sixth Woman of the Year, and Nyla Rueter was named to the Third Team All-Conference.
- Hannah Little has set a new single-season record for rebounds, now with 310. She broke the Bonnies record of 269 set by Sue Shay 1989-90.
- Healy is within 49 points of the St. Bonaventure single season record for points of 606 set by Hilary Waltman in 1997-98.
- Chelsea Bowker enters Monday's game 14 points shy of reaching 1,000 career points.
- The Bonnies' combined record since start of the 2008-09 season is 132-66 (.667).
- Bowker, point guard Emily Michael and guard Imani Outlaw are all Ohio natives; Bowker is from Salem and Michael is from Clayton and Outlaw is from Cincinnati.
Bona's In The National Rankings:
• 21st in personal fouls per game with 15.8.
• 34th in three-point field goal percentage at 35.7% (156-437).
• 48th in scoring defense, allowing 60.7 points per game.
• 69th in field goal percentage defense at .379.
• 71st in won-lost percentage (.697)
• 73rd in field goal percentage (.426)
Scouting The Falcons:
• BGSU posted a 72-62 win over High Point in the first round of the WNIT last Thursday at the Stroh Center in front of 1,125 fans. Sophomore Miriam Justinger came off the bench to score a game-high 22 points and grab four steals.
• Bowling Green finished atop the MAC East Division going 17-1 in the MAC and 28-4 overall. The Falcons are 14-0 at their Stroh Center this season.
• The Falcons lost to Ball State, 73-55, in the MAC Tournament semifinal.
• Bowling Green had the best scoring defense in the MAC, holding opponents to 56.7 points per game. Their +13.6 scoring margin and .370 field goal percentage defense were also the best in the MAC.
• Redshirt senior Alexis Rogers leads the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game, good for ninth best in the MAC. Rogers also led the Falcons with 8.3 rebounds per game, eighth best in the conference.
• The Falcons shoot .345 from three-point field range, led by senior point guard Jillian Halfhill, who is second in the MAC with a .418 (64-153) three-point field goal percentage.
The Bonnies are 2-4 all-time vs. Bowling Green. Their last meeting came on Dec. 12, 2009, when St. Bonaventure came out on top, 70-54, at the Reilly Center.
Bona's – Bowling Green Ties Abound:
There are so many ties between these two schools and programs that they are difficult to list. Start with the coaches: St. Bonaventure associate head coach Kate Achter played at Bowling Green from 2004-08, while Bona Director of Athletics Steve Watson is a 1990 graduate of BG, where he played for two years after transferring from Rutgers. On the BG staff, Jesse Fleming is a St. Bonaventure graduate and was an assistant under Jim Crowley at Bona's from 2005-11, and Jaycee Brooks also was on the Bona's staff under Crowley, two years as director of operations and one as assistant coach (2009-10).
The winner of Monday's game advances to face the winner of the Michigan-Duquesne game on a date and at a site to be determined.