HELPING HAND: Senior Mariah Ruff ranks second in the Atlantic 10 with 111 assists this season. She has equaled her total from last year and is nine away from her personal best of 120 set during her sophomore season of 2015-16. More impressively, she is the first Bonnies player to hand out 100 or more assists in three consecutive seasons since Suzie Dailer did so from 1992-95. Dailer and Ruff are the only two players two reach 100 assists in three consecutive seasons during the Bonnies Division I era.
OH, SO CLOSE: St. Bonaventure has had its share of close calls this season. The Bonnies have dropped eight games by 10 or fewer points - vs. Delaware (53-52), George Washington (63-56), Davidson (75-68) and Saint Joseph's (70-64) and at Canisius (71-69, OT), Hofstra (71-68), La Salle (66-63) and Siena (70-62).
ALL-CONFERENCE CASE: Bonnies senior Mariah Ruff continues to make her case to make the Atlantic 10 All-Conference squads at season's end. A preseason All-A-10 selection, Ruff has again been one of the league's best players this year. In A-10 play, she ranks second during A-10 play with 19.6 ppg, behind only Fordham's Bre Cavanaugh. For the year, the Oneonta, N.Y. native stands ninth in A-10 scoring (16.0 ppg), second in assists (4.7 apg) and fifth in 3s made (62). One more 3-pointer will break a tie for sixth all-time in program history with Nyla Rueter '16 (188).
BONA VS. VCU - SERIES HISTORY
- The two teams will meet for the seventh time in the series with VCU holding a 6-0 lead.
- The Rams are the only team currently in the Atlantic 10 that the Bonnies have never beaten.
- It will be just the third meeting at VCU - the Rams took a 52-47 win in 2016 and a 74-57 victory in 2014.
- The Bonnies are looking to snap a nine-game losing streak in the state of Virginia. St. Bonaventure has not won in Virginia since an Atlantic 10 Quarterfinal victory over La Salle on March 7, 2014. Since then, the Bonnies have suffered defeats against Virginia natives VCU, Richmond and George Mason as well as James Madison along with setbacks in the Richmond Coliseum for the Atlantic 10 Tournament.