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@BonniesWBB Opens Season Against Big 4 Rival Canisius On Friday Night

@BonniesWBB Opens Season Against Big 4 Rival Canisius On Friday Night

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team will tip-off against Canisius for the 50th time in program history on Friday, Nov. 14.

The Game Basics
Opponent: Canisius
Date: Friday, November 14, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center | St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
Twitter: @BonniesWBB
On The Air: WGWE 105.9 FM – Mike Smith & Steve McCord 

St. Bonaventure Game Notes
Canisius Game Notes

About The Bonnies
The Brown and White return eight players from last season's squad that finished 24-11 overall and 11-5 in the Atlantic 10 conference. Led by Katie Healy, who was recently named to the A-10 preseason first team All-Conference, averaged 16.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game last season. Healy scored a total of 579 points in 2013-14, which is good for fourth all-time in a single season. Also returning is junior forward Hannah Little, who was named Sixth Woman of the Year in the A-10 last season after she shattered the single-season rebound record of 269 by bringing down 328 rebounds. In the backcourt of the Bonnies line-up is junior guards Emily Michael and Nyla Rueter. Michael was the unsung hero for Coach Crowley last season as she led the team in minutes per game with 32.8 and was able to shutdown top A-10 point guards on defense. Rueter found her touch from behind the arc shooting an A-10 high 40.2% (49-122) on her three-point field goals. Returning to the court is graduate guard Ashley Zahn and redshirt-sophomore forward Gabby Richmond, which both faced injuries last season that ended their seasons prematurely. Also returning for the Bonnies are junior guard Kelcie Rombach and sophomore guard Imani Outlaw. St. Bonaventure welcome four new faces to the squad – freshman guard Mariah Ruff and freshman forwards Matea Britvar, Miranda Drummond and Taryne Shull.  

Unveiling The Banner
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team will unveil its fifth banner in the last six years and ultimately its fourth WNIT banner. After compiling an overall record of 24-11 and 11-5 in the Atlantic 10, St. Bonaventure finished the regular season in second place in the A-10, earning an automatic bid to the WNIT. In their first game, the Bonnies dominated Charlotte in-front of a crowd of 1,680. Katie Healy, who tallied 28 points against the 49ers, is now the holder of the most points scored by a player that has worn the Brown and White in a single postseason game. Healy also brought down 12 rebounds, good for second all-time. Hannah Little followed Healy's performance with 20 points for herself and also notched an all-time postseason record of 15 rebounds in a single-game. St. Bonaventure went on to fall at Bowling Green in the second round.

Last Time Out
• St. Bonaventure defeated Edinboro, 61-51, in the team's only exhibition game held on Saturday, Nov. 8.
• Junior forward Katie Healy led the Brown and White with a team-high 15 points. Healy also brought down eight rebounds.
• Redshirt sophomore Gabby Richmond led St. Bonaventure on the boards with nine. 
• SBU had 13 first-half points come from their bench.
• A strong Bonaventure defense held Edinboro to just five first-half field goals.
• Three Bonnies scored in double-figures: juniors Katie Healy (15), Hannah Little (12) and Nyla Rueter (10).
• The Bonnies forced 21 Edinboro turnovers, 14 of which came in the first half.

Scouting The Griffs
• This will be Canisius' first game of the season.
• Canisius is led by senior guard Kayla Hoohuli, who was recently named to the MAAC Preseason All-Conference Second Team as she averaged 10.8 points and 1.1 steals per game in 2013-14. Hoohuli also shot 32.4% (48-148) from beyond the arc.
• The Golden Griffins are returning two of five starters from last season. The Griffs are looking replace Jamie Ruttle (9.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg), Jen Morabito (6.9 ppg, 2.1rpg) and Courtney VandeBovenkamp (3.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg)
• Returning for the Griffs is junior guard Tiahanna Mills, who led the team with 123 assists (4.1 apg). Mills notched 7.5 points per game last season. Mills was named to the All-Big 4 Second Team.
• Last season, Canisius allowed 63.7 points per game to opposing teams. They also allowed the opponent to outshoot them from behind the arc, 33.7% to 31.4%.
• In 2013-14, Canisius fell to Quinnipiac in the first round of the MAAC Tournament, 72-61.
• Projected to finish eighth out of 11 teams in the MAAC Preseason Poll.

Last Time They Met
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team led wire-to-wire, as the Bonnies defeated Canisius, 61-47 on Wednesday night. Katie Healy registered a double-double with 19 points and a career-high 17 rebounds along with six blocks. Gabby Richmond also recorded 14 second half points in the victory. At the time, St. Bonaventure was coming off two-straight loses against UConn and Marist. The Bonnies secured its sixth time in seven seasons where they have won at least seven out of their first 10 games.