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@BonniesWBB Travels South To VCU For Sunday A-10 Meeting

@BonniesWBB Travels South To VCU For Sunday A-10 Meeting

ST. BONAVENTURE at VCU
Sunday, Feb. 11 - 1:00 p.m.
Richmond, Va.
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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.

MORE ON MARIAH: Ruff finished last Sunday's game with 21 points, giving her seven 20-point games this season. That's the most by a Bonnies player in a single season since Katie Healy also had seven in 2015-16, though Healy's seventh 20-point game came in the 31st game of the season while Ruff accomplished the feat in 24 games. 
 
JOHNSON ON A-10 WEEKLY HONOR ROLL: Freshman Abigail Johnson recorded career highs in scoring (10 points), rebounds (11) and minutes (30) while posting her first career double-double last Sunday vs. George Washington. The England native, who has been limited to six games this season due to injuries, has hauled in double digit rebounds in three of her six games played, finishing with 10 rebounds each at Albany and Hofstra as well. She earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 Weekly Honor Roll this week as one of the league's top performing freshmen last week after returning to action Jan. 31.
 
THREE-POINT THREATS: Sophomore Danielle Migliore and senior Mariah Ruff are one of the most prolific three-point shooting duos in the Atlantic 10 this season. With 111 combined treys this year, only one A-10 duo - Duquesne's Julijana Vojinovic and Chassidy Omogrosso - has combined for more 3-pointers this year.
 
DOWNTOWN BONNIES: The Bonnies drained a season-high 13 3s Jan. 31 vs. George Mason. It was the highest output from beyond the arc in any game by the Bonnies since hitting 16 on Feb. 26, 2011 vs. Charlotte. That 2011 Charlotte game is the only contest in the past decade where the Bonnies have been more prolific from distance than in last Wednesday's game. Bona has now hit eight of more treys in a game 15 times this season - it was a number the team reached just once last season (the 2016-17 regular season finale at Duquesne on Feb. 21, 2017).

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.