Date: Saturday, Jan. 3
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: St. Bonaventure, N.Y. | Reilly Center
Prior To Tip-Off:
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team will welcome back alumni in their second annual alumni game. Former Bona basketball players will lace up once again on the Reilly Center court and play against each other from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The YMCA Inflatable bounce house will be back for kids for FREE with a purchase of admission to the women's basketball game. Tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for children under 17. The bounce house will be inflated during halftime, as well.
The Starting Five:
1. The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team begins Atlantic 10 play at home on Saturday against UMass. This will be the first meeting of two for the Bonnies and Minutewomen as they will play a home-and-home series this season.
2. St. Bonaventure enters A-10 play after coming off a win in our nation's capital on Dec. 22 against Georgetown. In a physical game, SBU came out with the six-point victory off the heels of Nyla Rueter's 21 points and six made three-point field goals.
3. It was a special moment in Washington, D.C. in the first half as the junior forward, Katie Healy became the 20th member of the The Bonnies' 1,000 career point club. Healy notched her 1,000 point from the free-throw line. After eclipsing the 1,000 point mark, Healy also became just the ninth Bona women's basketball player to ever register 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
4. The Bonnies continue to rely on their stellar defense as they are holding opponents to 55.5 points per game and tied for first in the conference with holding opponents to shooting 34.1% from the field.
5. The freshman guard, Mariah Ruff has started the previous three contests and has added a spark in the Bonnies' offense. Ruff is averaging 12 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in the three games.
Scouting The Minutewomen:
• The UMass Minutewomen enter Saturday's contest with a record of 6-6 and is coming off a 78-57 victory over Boston University on Sunday, Dec. 28. Kim Pierre-Louis scored a career-high 33 points and Kymber Hill added a personal best-tying 14 more as UMass raced by Boston.
• UMass has victories this season over Maine, North Texas, Central Florida, American, Holy Cross and Boston University.
• The Minutewomen are led by Kim Pierre-Louis, who is averaging 18.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game this season. Pierre-Louis is shooting 52.1% from the field, which is sixth best in the Atlantic 10.
• Cierra Dillard and Emily Mital led the squad from beyond the arc, shooting a combined 32-92 (.348). Mital ranks 13th in the A-10 in 3-pt FG percentage with .375.
• Rashida Timbilla is the only A-10 women's basketball student-athlete to qualify for the top-5 in rebounds,assists and steals. Timbilla leads UMass and is second in the A-10 with 9.3 rebounds per game, and is first on the squad with 4.1 assists (fifth in A-10) and 2.4 steals (third).
• Head coach Sharow Dawley is in her fifth season with UMass and 21st season overall as a head coach.
• Kymber Hill recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and as many rebounds in the 56-45 win at North Texas on Nov. 21.
• UMass has a RPI of 153 as of January 2.
Last Time They Met:
The Bonnies led wire-to-wire for the second consecutive game and cruised to an 88-66 victory over UMass on Saturday. Nyla Rueter registered a career-high with 27 points and Hannah Little posted her second double-double in as many games with 20 points and 14 rebounds. St. Bonaventure was led by a balanced attack in its victory over UMass, as four players registered 15 points or more. Nyla Rueter (27 points), Hannah Little (20 points), Chelsea Bowker (18 points) and Katie Healy (15 points) accounted for 80 of the Bonnies 88 total points.
Upper Echelon of The Atlantic 10:
Since 2008-09, When the Bonnies made their first ever postseason appearance, St. Bonaventure has an overall record of 142-70 and 55-31 in the Atlantic 10, which is good for the second best in the conference only trailing the Dayton Flyers, who holds an overall record of 150-57 and an A-10 record of 68-18. Since 2008-09, St. Bonaventure has made the WNIT four times and the NCAA tournament once, including a Sweet Sixteen berth in 2011-12.
There's No "I" In Team:
This season 10 different members of the Bonnies have scored double-digit points in a single game. At least six players have reached 10+ points in two or more games too.