ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Six home games and dates against five teams that reached national post-season tournaments a season ago highlight the 2017-18 non-conference schedule for the St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team.
Thirteen total non-conference games are on the slate – six at the Reilly Center, five in true road games and a pair of contests at the Navy Classic in November. Home dates with Big 4 rivals Niagara and Buffalo along with Penn State and Mid-American Conference champion and NCAA Tournament entrant Toledo headline the scheduled contests at the Reilly Center. In all, the Bonnies will play three conference champions – Toledo at home (MAC) as well as Bucknell (Patriot League) and Albany (America East) on the road.
The 2017-18 campaign opens on Friday, Nov. 10 against rival Niagara at the Reilly Center. The Bonnies and Purple Eagles will continue what is the longest-running Bonnies women's basketball series, meeting for the 61st time with SBU owning a 36-24 advantage.
St. Bonaventure will quickly turn around, heading east to the state capital of Albany for a date with Siena to cap opening weekend on Sunday, Nov. 12. The Saints finished last season with a 13-7 record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and will meet the Bonnies for the first time since Bona opened 2015-16 with a win at home.
Bona will then head to Buffalo to meet Little Three rival Canisius for the 53rd time on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The Brown and White holds a 28-24 edge in the all-time series.
The Bonnies return to home court on Saturday, Nov. 18 against Eastern Michigan in just the third all-time meeting between the programs, looking to avenge a road setback a year ago. A road date at Bucknell, the Patriot League champions and NCAA Tournament entrant with a 27-6 record last year, happens in Lewisburg, Pa. on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
Once again the Bonnies will take part in tournament action over the Thanksgiving holiday, playing in the Navy Classic from Nov. 25-26, joining the host Midshipmen along with UMBC and North Dakota State. SBU plays UMBC, which went 10-6 in the America East and reached the Women's Basketball Invitational last year, in the opener on Nov. 25 with the outcomes of the first two games determining the action the next day. Host Navy went to the second round of the WNIT last year.
That will lead into the longest homestand of the non-conference schedule – four straight games at the Reilly Center starting against Delaware (Wednesday, Nov. 29), which went 16-14 and 10-8 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) last year, MAC champion Toledo (Monday, Dec. 4) and Penn State (Saturday, Dec. 9), which finished 21-11 and reached the third round of the WNIT a season ago. The homestand concludes Friday, Dec. 15 against Big 4 foe Buffalo.
Non-conference play wraps up with a pair of road games as December winds down – at Albany, the America East champions and NCAA entrants last year, on Dec. 17 and at Hofstra on Dec. 21 in just the second-ever meeting between programs.
In all, the Bonnies will play three games each against opponents from the MAC and MAAC, two each from the America East and CAA and one game each vs. teams from the Big Ten and Patriot League.
St. Bonaventure will be in its second season under head coach Jesse Fleming and welcomes back six players including leading scorer senior Mariah Ruff (13.9 ppg). Also back is starting point guard Jalisha Terry, sixth woman Mckenna Maycock along with sophomores Rhianna Council and Danielle Migliore and redshirt sophomore Keely Fresh.
While the season officially kicks off at home vs. Niagara on Nov. 10, Bonnies fans can catch the team in action for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 4 in exhibition play at the Reilly Center vs. Edinboro in the annual doubleheader with the men's team.
The Atlantic 10 schedule will be released later this summer. Game times will also be released at a later date.
Women's basketball season tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children ages 5-12. To reserve season tickets, contact the SBU Ticket Office at (716) 375-2500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit GoBonnies.com/Tickets.
|Niagara||61st meeting all-time; Bonnies lead 36-24|
|at Siena||20th meeting all-time; Siena went 13-7 in MAAC last year|
|at Canisius||53rd meeting all-time; Bonnies lead 28-24|
|Saturday, Nov. 18||Eastern Michigan||Just third meeting all-time, EMU leads 2-0|
|at Bucknell||Bucknell won Patriot League a season ago (27-6)|
|vs. UMBC||Navy Classic in Annapolis, Md.; UMBC went 10-6 last year in America East|
|vs. TBD||Navy Classic in Annapolis, Md.; Championship or consolation game|
|Wednesday, Nov. 29||Delaware||Delaware finished 16-14, 10-8 CAA last year|
|Toledo||Toledo won MAC championship last year|
|Penn State||Bonnies won last two meetings; Penn State went 21-11 and reached WNIT third round last year|
|Buffalo||Bonnies lead all-time series 16-9; UB won 22 games last year|
|at Albany||Bonnies won last year's meeting; Albany won America East title|
|at Hofstra||Just second meeting all-time and first since 1992-93 season
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