Date: Saturday, Nov. 8
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center - St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
St. Bonaventure: 24-11 | Edinboro: 27-6
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This Saturday afternoon, the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team will host the Edinboro Fighting Scots in its only exhibition game this year. Coach Crowley's squad returns eight players from last season's team that finished 24-11 and a berth into the WNIT.
The Bonnies are led by juniors Katie Healy, Hannah Little and Nyla Rueter. Healy, who was honored by the Atlantic 10 by being named to the all-conference first team, is the Bonnies' leading returning point scorer with 16.5 points per game. Little, the sixth woman of the year in the A-10 last season, hopes to build off her successful sophomore campaign where she broke the program record of rebounds in a single-season with 328. The Auburn Hills, Mich. native, was second on the team in scoring with 10.9 ppg and only started 14 games. The junior sharpshooter, Rueter, looks to continue her success behind the arc as she led the A-10 last season by knocking down 40.2% of her three-point shots.
Also returning to the starting line-up is junior Emily Michael and redshirt sophomore Gabby Richmond. Michael led the Bonnies last year in minutes per game with 32.8 and was the rock for Coach Crowley as she was able to shutdown opposing point guards throughout A-10 play. Richmond returns after being sidelined by a injury at the end of the last season. Richmond appeared in 26 games and averaged 9.5 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game.
This season, the Brown and White welcome four newcomers to their roster. Guard Mariah Ruff from Oneonta, N.Y., was honored with the Miss New York Basketball award last year, played six seasons of varsity basketball, and won the Section 4 championship each season. Forwards Miranda Drummond and Matea Britvar are both listed as 6-1, tying them with Healy, Richmond and Hannah Little as the tallest on the roster. Drummond was a McDonald's All American nominee and a Miss New York Basketball finalist. Britvar, was a two-time ESPN Rise National Invitational Champion at Orlando's Dr. Phillips High School, but sat out her senior season with a knee injury. Rounding out the newcomers is guard/forward Taryne Shull, who was named to the first team All-Southwest Conference team in her hometown of Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
Edinboro, who is currently ranked sixth in the recent Division II USA Today Coaches Poll, is led by the 2013-14 PSAC Athlete of the Year and WBCA and Division II Bulletin All-American Valerie Majewski. Majewski averaged 16.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg last season and tallied a team-high 66 steals, and 134 assists. The Fighting Scots also return three other starters from last year's Elite Eight squad, including Laurel Lindsay and Aignee' Freeland.
It will be a homecoming for Edinboro's Maggie Moore as she is a native of Olean, N.Y. and graduate from Olean Senior High School. Last season, Moore appeared in nine contests for a total of 34 minutes. Moore's older brother, Zach, played basketball for St. Bonaventure in 2011-12.
This will be the fifth straight exhibition meeting between the two schools. St. Bonaventure has come out on-top in the previous four matches. Last Season, St. Bonaventure defeated Edinboro, 65-43.
The game will tipoff at 2 p.m., while the men's basketball team will follow against Mansfield at 4 p.m. Tickets, which will admit the bearer to both games of the doubleheader, are $5.