The Game Basics:
Opponent: Buffalo Bulls (4-3)
Date: Monday, Dec. 15
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Buffalo, N.Y. – Alumni Arena
On the Air: WGWE 105.9 FM – Mike Smith
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The Starting Five
1. After a week break for finals the Bonnies return to the court to take on Big 4 rival Buffalo Bulls at Alumni Arena on the campus of Buffalo. St. Bonaventure enters the game with a six-game winning streak at stake, while UB has won its last two.
2. Over the past weekend, St. Bonaventure competed in the Brown University Classic, which it would go on to clinch the title after wins over Drexel and Brown.
3. Known as the dynamic duo, junior forwards Katie Healy and Hannah Little lead the Bonnies under the basket once again. This season Healy is averaging 12.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg, while Little is averaging 10.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg.
4. The junior guard from Hagerstown, Ind., Nyla Rueter, help lead the Bonnies at the Brown Classic as she totaled 21 points and five steals through the two-day tournament. Rueter is the third member of the Brown and White that is averaging 10+ points per game this season.
5. The Bonnies have not dropped a game against Canisius, Niagara or Buffalo since the 2006-07 season. The seven-year sweep of the Big 4 totals 22-straight wins, which remains the longest winning streak.
Last Time Out For St. Bona
• The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team is coming off the Brown University Classic, where the team claimed the Championship after defeating Drexel and Brown in back-to-back days.
• To begin the Brown Classic, St. Bonaventure was paired up against the Drexel Dragons. In a defensive struggle, Bonaventure went pound for pound against Drexel to earn the 43-32 victory.
• On day two of the tournament, the Bonnies faced off against Brown in the Championship. In a seesaw match, St. Bonaventure came out with the two-point victory.
• Hannah Little was named the tournament MVP after recording 21 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks in the two contests.
• Nyla Rueter was named to the all-tournament team along with Little as she tallied 21 points, 15 of which came against Brown in the championship. Rueter also came away with a total of five steals in the two games.
• Entering Sunday's game against Brown, Miranda Drummond played a total of 32 minutes and scoring a total of four points. Drummond would go on to lead the Bonnies in the first half and throughout the game as she tallied nine points in the first and 14 points overall. Drummond finished the game 6-7 from the field and seven rebounds in 15 minutes of play.
• Katie Healy paced the Bonnies in their opening game against Drexel, scoring 15 of the Brown and White's 43 points. Healy also brought down six rebounds. In the game against Brown, Healy notched nine points, six rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
Scouting The Bulls
• The Buffalo Bulls have a record of 4-3 and have won two consecutive games. Their most recent win came at Cornell before their final exam break on Dec. 4.
• Prior to their win at Cornell, UB competed in the Miami (FL) Thanksgiving Tournament, playing two games and winning their second against Illinois State.
• The Bulls are averaging 73.5 in all four of their wins.
• However, the Bulls rank last in the MAC in scoring defense, allowing 70.7 points per game. In their seven total games, they have allowed 80+ points three times.
• UB is holding teams to 25% from beyond the arc, which is the second best percentage in the MAC.
• The Bulls are swiping 11.0 steals per game, which is the best in the conference, largely in part to senior Kristen Sharkey, who has a conference-best 2.7 steals per game. Sophomore Alexus Malone and junior Mackenzie Loesing are both averaging about two steals per game as well.
• Three Bulls rank in the top 15 in the MAC in scoring- Malone, 11th, 12.9 ppg; Loesing, 13th, 12.3 ppg; Sharkey, 14th, 12.1 ppg).
• Sharkey is shooting a team-best 41% from the field.
• Malone, a sophomore, is averaging 10.0 rebounds per game, 7.3 of which are defensive rebounds. Both totals are third best in the MAC.
• The Bulls have had eight difference players start a game this season.
• Six players are averaging over 25 minutes per game.
Last Time They Met
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team overcame a half-time deficit to defeat Big 4 rival Buffalo by a score of 76-71 in overtime on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Chelsea Bowker led the Bonnies with a career-high 24 points and nine rebounds. The win gave the Brown and White 21 consecutive victories over Big 4 opponents at the time.
Lucky Number Seven
With a win against Brown on Dec. 7, SBU has now won at least seven non-conference games every season since 2006-07. They had seven non-conference wins in their 10-19 season two years ago, but they have had at least 10 wins in every other season besides 2012-13. So far, the most non-conference wins the team totaled was in 2011-12 when they went 13-2 in non-conference play. Every time the Bonnies have collected at least 10 non-conference wins, they have finished the season with a winning record.