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Bonnies Play For First A-10 Title Tonight On ESPN2

Bonnies Play For First A-10 Title Tonight On ESPN2

PHILADELPHIA – Top-seeded St. Bonaventure (29-2) faces third-seeded Dayton (22-6) in the finals of the 2012 Buick Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship Monday evening at 5 p.m. on ESPN2. A viewing party in the Rathskeller on the University's campus will be held, and the game can also be viewed online at ESPN3.com.

Below are some news and notes for the championship game:

~ This is St. Bonaventure's first trip to the finals of the A-10 Championship; both Bonaventure and Dayton will be looking for their first A-10 title

~ The Bonnies have won 18 games in a row; they defeated #8 seed La Salle, 68-53, in the quarterfinals before dismissing #5 seed Saint Joseph's on its home floor in the semifinals, 78-52

~ Bonaventure has not trailed for a single second in either of its first two tournament games, winning the contests by a combined 41 points

~ Bonaventure leads the A-10 in defense (53 points per game), while Dayton leads the conference in offense (71 points per game); in their regular-season meeting, Bonaventure held Dayton to an A-10 season-low 55 points

~ After allowing Dayton to score 21 points in the first eight minutes in their regular-season contest, the Bonnies limited the Flyers to just 34 points over the final 32 minutes of the game; senior Megan Van Tatenhove hit the game-winning shot with 23 seconds remaining as Bonaventure erased a 15-point road deficit to claim a 56-55 victory

~ St. Bonaventure and Dayton have split their only two postseason meetings; Dayton won the last matchup, 83-66, in the 2010 quarterfinals, while Bona claimed an 82-69 victory in the first round in 1998

~ Senior Jessica Jenkins has tied her own single-season program record for made 3-pointers as she now has 100 this year – seven coming in the first two games of the tournament

~ After having five double-figure scorers in their quarterfinal game against La Salle, Van Tatenhove and Jenkins were the lone Bonnies to reach double figures against Saint Joseph's – the duo combined for 49 points, nearly outscoring Saint Joe's (52) on their own

~ In its three national TV appearances this year, St. Bonaventure has won by an average margin of 20.6 points per game, including the semifinal matchup against Saint Joseph's; in those three games, Van Tatenhove has scored 67 points (18 percent of her total scoring for the season) and Jenkins has tallied 57 (13 percent of her year's scoring)

~ Van Tatenhove's 27 points against Saint Joe's are a season high; SBU's 78 points are the third-highest it has scored in a game this year; 40 points in the paint against the Hawks is also a season-best performance

~ The quintet of double-figure scorers against La Salle in the quarterfinals marked just the second time that has happened this year (at Colgate)