Date: Sunday, March 1
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Palumbo Center | Pittsburgh, Pa.
St. Bonaventure: 15-13 (5-10 A-10) | Duquesne: 19-9 (11-4 A-10)
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Where to Watch: Atlantic 10 Digital Network
Radio: 105.9 FM WGWE (wgwefm.com) – Mike "Smitty" Smith
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The Starting Five
1. St. Bonaventure women's basketball is trying to finish its regular season on a high note as they visit long time Atlantic 10 foe Duquesne on Sunday. Earlier this season, Duquesne defeated the Bonnies at the Reilly Center by a score of 76-63.
2. Sunday's meeting between the Bonnies and Dukes will consist of the top two shooters from the free throw line. Nyla Rueter is second, shooting 90.3% from the charity stripe, trailing Belma Nurkic of Duquesne, who shoots 94.3%. On the year, Rueter is 58-64 from the line.
3. Junior forward Katie Healy has come on strong in her last three games as she is averaging 19.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. The Lancaster, N.Y. native leads the Brown and White in points per game (14.2), rebounds per games (6.4), blocks (33) and assists (66).
4. In Atlantic 10 games this season, freshman Mariah Ruff is averaging 9.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Ruff has scored in double-digits in six of the Bonnies' 15 conference games, including two games of 20 points or more.
5. St. Bonaventure ranks 31st out of 343 in the NCAA in field-goal percentage defense as it holds teams to shooting just 36.3%.
Scouting The Dukes
• The Duquesne Dukes are 19-9 on the year. Their 11-4 record currently places them third in the Atlantic 10. The Dukes score 71.8 points per game, which is the third –best scoring offense in the conference.
• Duquesne is coming off a loss at Saint Joseph's, which snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Dukes.
• Duquesne's 35.3% on three-point field goals is the second-best percentage in the conference.
• However, while the Dukes shoot at a high percentage from beyond the arc, they also surrender a 32.2% three-point field goal percentage to opponents.
• Ashley Robinson's 14.3 points per game in conference games puts per in the top ten in the conference.
• Amadea Szamosi also ranks among the top scorers in the A-10 with 11.0 points per game in conference games. Szamosi also shoots 51.1% against Atlantic 10 opponents.
• Robinson gets it done for the Dukes from the point as she is one of the assist leaders in the conference with 4.7 per conference game, and has made the most three-pointers in the conference in A-10 play with 43.
• The Dukes' Jose-Ann Johnson leads the conference with 2.5 blocked shots per game in A-10 play, and Belma Nurkic tops the A-10 with a 94.3% from the free-throw line.
Last Time Out: St. Bonaventure 63, Duquesne 76
The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team (11-10, 1-7) fought hard against the Duquesne Dukes (13-8, 5-3), but its efforts weren't enough as the team fell by a score of 76-63 on Wednesday night.
The game was lost at the line for the Bonnies as they allowed the Dukes to visit the charity stripe a total of 31 times throughout the game. Duquesne converted on 25 of those 31 visits, while St. Bonaventure shot 12-18 (66.7%) from the line.
Katie Healy led the way for the Bonnies as she tied a season high 25 points and also registered five rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Hannah Little and Gabby Richmond were tied for a team high seven rebounds. Little added 12 points and four assists to her seven boards.
Sunday's meeting will be the 52nd contest between the Bonnies and Dukes. Duquesne holds the edge over St. Bonaventure all-time with a record of 33-18. The two teams are 5-5 in their last 10 meetings. Since the 2005-06 season, the Dukes and Bonnies have meet at least twice during a season except one time in 2012-13
What's At Stake?
With a win on Sunday and a La Salle and George Mason loss, St. Bonaventure will finish 10th in the Atlantic 10, which will place them on the outside of the opening round games. If St. Bonaventure wins and La Salle wins as well, the Bonnies will finish 11th and will face Davidson in the opening round. If the Brown and White happen to lose on Sunday, the team will finish 12th and most likely face UMass on Wednesday, March 4 in Richmond, Va.