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@BonniesWBB Wraps Up Non-Conference Schedule With Two Game Road Trip

@BonniesWBB Wraps Up Non-Conference Schedule With Two Game Road Trip

Games At A Glance:
Opponents: Niagara | Georgetown
Date: Saturday, Dec. 20 | Monday, Dec. 22
Time: 1 p.m. | 2 p.m.
Location: Niagara University, N.Y. | Washington, D.C.
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The Starting Five
1. The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team will look to continue its pace from Wednesday as they travel to Big 4 rival Niagara on Saturday, Dec. 20. Saturday's meeting between the Bonnies and the Purple Eagles will be the 58th meeting all-time. SBU holds the edge, 34-23.  The Bonnies have not lost against Niagara in the last seven meetings and Coach Crowley is 11-3 all-time against the Purple Eagles.

2. The Bonnies and Hoyas will meet for the first time on Monday afternoon. The Hoyas will enter the game with a record 2-9 as they are on an eight game losing skid. This will be the final non-conference opponent for the Bonnies.

3. The Bonnies are coming off a scoring outburst on Wednesday night as they defeated the UNC-Greensboro Spartans by a score of 78-60. In her first career start, Mariah Ruff led the way for the Bonnies with 17 points and six rebounds.

4. St. Bonaventure has always been prideful of its tough defense and how it forces teams to make tough shots. This has held true for the Brown and White has they are holding opponents to just 54.4 points per game and 34.6% from the field.

5. 20 points from now, Katie Healy will become just the 20th member of the 1,000 point club in St. Bonaventure women's basketball history. Healy, who recently surpassed 500 rebounds, will become just the 9th Bona player to ever hit 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career.

Scouting The Purple Eagles
• Niagara enters Saturday's match-up coming off a huge road win at Cleveland State on Thursday, Dec. 18.
• The Purple Eagles are 5-3 this season (3-0 at home) but fell in their only Big 4 game this season so far to Buffalo.
• Niagara is riding a five-game winning streak, highlighted by two conference victories.
• The Purple Eagles are holding opponents to just 32.2% from the field and 27.9% from beyond the arc this season. They have not allowed a team to score more than 64 points.
• In their five-game winning streak, Niagara is averaging 69 points per game, while holding opposing teams to just 47 points.
• The Purple Eagles are rebounding by committee this season as eight players have at least 30 total rebounds. Donisha Watson leads the team with 39.
• Sylvia Maxwell is leading the way for Niagara thus far this season, averaging a team-high 11.3 points per game, however, Maxwell is leading the Purple Eagles in turnovers (23).
• Val McQuade and Megan McGuinness have been models of consistency thus far for Niagara, starting in all eight games, averaging 20 plus minutes, and scoring ten plus a night.
• Head Coach Kendra Faustin is in her eighth season and is quietly building a contender in the MAAC.
• The Purple Eagles call the Gallagher Center home. The arena, which saw its first action during the 1974-75 season, is home to 2,100 seats

Scouting The Hoyas
• The Hoyas are 2-9 on the season (2-2 at home) but have played some stiff competition, including Alabama, Florida, and Kansas.
• Georgetown will be looking to snap an eight-game skid Monday.
• The tandem of freshman Dorothy Adomako (11 points and 7.5 rebounds per game) and junior Dominique Vitalis (10.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game) have been a force to reckon with so far this season down low.
• Head Coach Natasha Adair is in her first season with the Hoyas. Previously she was at the helm of the College of Charleston for two seasons.
• Last season Georgetown finished 11-22 (4-14 in the Big East).
• The Hoyas have not played since December 13th.
• Georgetown plays their home basketball games at McDonough Arena. The arena, which opened in 1952, houses 2,500 seats.
• The Bonnies are the Hoyas final tune-up before entering Big East play.

The Art Of Closing
Coach Crowley and the women's basketball team have always been prideful of their stellar defensive capabilities, which is what has driven the Bonnies to an 8-3 start this season. In game where the Brown and White are leading at the under four media timeout, St. Bonaventure has held the opposing team to an average of 4.6 points, while SBU is scoring 9.1 points per game. There was only one game this year where the Bonnies were trailing at the under four and came out with the victory, that game was against Penn State, where SBU outscored the Lady Lions, 9-4. St. Bonaventure is outscoring opponents 73-37 in the final four minutes of play in games that the team won, while they are outscoring opposing schools 95-66 in the final four minutes in all games.