ST. BONAVENTURE (21-5, 10-3 A-10) at LA SALLE (5-21, 2-11)
Saturday, Feb. 20 - 1:00 p.m.
Tom Gola Arena - Philadelphia, Pa.
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OPENING TIP OVERVIEW
The Bonnies head for Philadelphia looking to clinch a top-four spot in the Atlantic 10 standings with a win at La Salle on Saturday afternoon. St. Bonaventure will try to keep momentum after a thrilling overtime victory over league-leading George Washington on Wednesday night at home.
ABOUT LA SALLE
- La Salle is just 5-21 overall on the season and opened Atlantic 10 play with 10 straight losses, however, the Explorers have recently been much improved. La Salle broke through with a win over UMass, 66-57, on Feb. 10 and, following a 10-point loss at Fordham, knocked off rival Saint Joseph's, 75-70, on Wednesday night.
- Both of La Salle's A-10 wins have come on its home floor inside Tom Gola Arena. La Salle also took VCU to overtime at home on Feb. 7 before falling, 84-76.
- The Explorers rank 12th in the Atlantic 10 in scoring (58.3 ppg) and tied for 13th in defense, allowing 68.4 ppg. La Salle is one of the league's best on the offensive glass, ranking third with 14.5 offensive rebounds per game, hauling in over 34 percent of available offensive rebounds. By contrast, St. Bonaventure brings in 24 percent.
- Sophomore forward Amy Griffin brings a dynamic scoring threat, leading the A-10 at 18.4 points per game including a career-high 33 points in Wednesday's win over Saint Joseph's. Junior guard Jasmine Alston is third in the league with 5.3 assists per game.
THE BONA-LA SALLE SERIES
St. Bonaventure leads the all-time series, 14-12. The Bonnies won eight straight games between 2008 and 2014, but the Explorers have taken two of the past three meetings including a 66-53 victory at SBU a year ago. La Salle seized a 28-18 halftime lead and the Bonnies never got closer than five points the rest of the way. Katie Healy delivered 19 points with Mariah Ruff and Nyla Rueter each tallying 13 apiece. Michya Owens scored a game-high 20 points while Jasmine Alston had 14 as well for the Explorers.
A-10 TOURNAMENT PICTURE
Wednesday's win went a long way toward securing a top-four spot for the Bonnies in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Tournament. That positioning becomes vital as the top four teams earn byes through to the tournament quarterfinals.
St. Bonaventure (10-3) can lock in as a top-four seed with a win Saturday at La Salle. The Bonnies can also clinch with losses from Fordham (7-6) and VCU (7-6). The Bonnies finish at La Salle, at Fordham and vs. Duquesne. Fordham closes vs. Saint Louis and SBU and at Dayton; VCU travels to George Washington and Davidson and hosts George Mason. Further, the Bonnies control their own destiny to finish as high as second in the A-10 regular season standings by winning their final three games. To win the regular season title, the Bonnies would need to win their remaining games and have George Washington lose one of its three remaining games (vs. VCU, vs. Richmond, at George Mason).
BONNIES SEASON RESUME
Following the Bonnies' win over GW on Wednesday, SBU vaulted to No. 32 in the NCAA.com national RPI standings (GW had been 27).
- Record vs. RPI 1-25: 0-2
- Record vs. RPI 26-50: 2-0
- Record vs. RPI 51-100: 3-2
- Record vs. RPI 101-150: 5-0
- Strength of Schedule: 95
- Atlantic 10 overall RPI: 7 out of 32 conferences
St. Bonaventure has ranked higher in the RPI at this stage of the season just once in program history - SBU was No. 16 on Feb. 19, 2012.
HEALY ONE OF BONA'S ALL-TIME GREATS
Senior Katie Healy is one of three SBU players all-time to net 1,600 points with over 700 rebounds, joining Sue Shay (1,874 points and 952 rebounds) and Dana Mitchell (2,011 points and 706 rebounds) in extremely elite territory.
- Healy is SBU's active leader in scoring (1,618), rebounds (796), assists (246) and blocks (145).
- Healy ranks fourth all-time in Bonnies scoring (FIRST among all active A-10 players).
She also is among the program's all-time leaders in several other statistical categories:
> 1st in blocks (146)
> 3rd in rebounds (796)
> 4th in made free throws (429)
> 4th in field goals made (591)
> 5th in double-figure scoring games (84)
> 6th in 20+ point games (24)
> 7th in field goal percentage (47.0%)
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
With 10 conference victories, the Bonnies have earned double digit wins in Atlantic 10 play for just the third time in 29 seasons as an A-10 member. This year's team joins the 2011-12 (14-0) and 2013-14 squads (11-5) as the only double-digit A-10 seasons in program history.
Statistical odds and ends for Saturday's game:
- Senior Katie Healy passed Jodi Urich for fourth place all-time in SBU scoring Wednesday.
- Senior Nyla Rueter reached 1,100 career points last Saturday at UMass. She stands 16th all-time in Bonnies history, 20 away from 15th (Katelyn Murray - 1,129 from 2006-09).
- Saturday's game features the two A-10 players who have made the largest jumps in year-to-year scoring: La Salle's Amy Griffin (+10.6 ppg) and SBU's Miranda Drummond (+9.2 ppg).-
- For the season, Nyla Rueter's 68 3's are second in the A-10. Only Fordham's Hannah Missry has more (71).
- SBU swatted a season-high 10 blocks on Wednesday vs. GW, including a career-high four by Rueter.