ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team will travel to Tallahassee, Fla. as the fifth seed in the Raleigh Region of the NCAA Tournament. The Bonnies will take on 12th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2 in a game to be played at Florida State University's Donald L. Tucker Center.
Bonaventure qualified for the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection after losing by three points in the Atlantic 10 Championship to Dayton. The NCAA Tournament bid is the first in program history.
The loss to Dayton in the A-10 title contest snapped an 18-game winning streak for the Bonnies, who enter NCAA Tournament play with a 29-3 record.
Florida Gulf Coast – in its first year eligible for the Division I tournament – is currently riding a 21-game winning streak. The Eagles won the Atlantic Sun Championship and will carry a 29-2 record into their matchup with the Bonnies. FGCU's only two losses have come to Seton Hall on the road and a neutral-site encounter with North Carolina State.
The matchup will feature the nation's top-two active leaders in career 3-pointers made. Bona senior Jessica Jenkins leads all active players with 331 career 3's, while FGCU's Kelsey Jacobson has knocked down 329 triples. As a team, the Eagles lead the country in 3-pointers made per game at 10.8.
Bonaventure finished the season with a Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) of 16, while FGCU ranked 57th. The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee uses the RPI as a main factor when determining teams' seeding.
With a win, the Bonnies would face the winner of 4th-seeded Georgia and 13th-seeded Marist on Tuesday, March 20, also in Tallahassee.
The Brown and White was one of just two A-10 teams to make the tournament (Dayton – 11 seed) as Temple was considered one of the "first four teams" left out.