ST. BONAVENTURE (22-5, 11-3 A-10) at FORDHAM (12-15, 7-7)
Wednesday, Feb. 24 - 7:00 p.m.
Bronx, N.Y. - Rose Hill Gym
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OPENING TIP OVERVIEW
St. Bonaventure will make its last road trip of the regular season, heading to New York City to face Fordham inside Rose Hill Gym.The Bonnies enter the week at 11-3 in Atlantic 10 play and with much to play for over the season's final week, having the opportunity still to win the A-10 regular season title - but with a ton of work left to do, first traveling to a very challenging Fordham team before facing league-leading Duquesne at home for Senior Day on Sunday. While the league's top four seeds are locked in - Duquesne, St. Bonaventure, George Washington and Saint Louis could all still finish anywhere from first to fourth.
Points figure to be at a premium as Wednesday's game features the A-10's top two defenses. St. Bonaventure allows a league-low 54.9 points per game while Fordham is second at 55.6 ppg allowed.
- While Fordham is 12-15 overall on the season, the Rams are extremely tough at home - Fordham is 10-4 on its home floor this year as opposed to 2-9 on the road and 0-2 on neutral courts. Fordham is 40-10 at Rose Hill Gym over the past three seasons.
- Fordham won 20 games or more in each of the past three seasons, doing so for the first time since 1977-80.- Fordham has not shot well from the field from the season, ranking 12th in the Atlantic 10 at 36.9 percent, but their opponents haven't fared a ton better, shooting 38.1 percent against the Rams defense for the year. St. Bonaventure leads the league, holding opponents to 34.4 percent from the floor.
- Samantha Clark leads Fordham, nearly averaging a double-double at 12.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. The senior leads the league in rebounding.
- Hannah Missry is perhaps the league's top sharpshooter, hitting an A-10-best 71 3's on the year and shooting 37.0 percent from long range. Missry and G'mrice Davis each add 9.7 points per game.
SERIES HISTORY WITH FORDHAM
The Bonnies lead the all-time series, 22-13, but will look to avenge a loss at Rose Hill Gym last year. Fordham won at home, 54-51, on Feb. 5, 2015. SBU overcame an 11-point deficit to take its first lead with 3:30 remaining, but came up short in the waning moments despite a career-high 14 points from Imani Outlaw and 12 from Nyla Rueter. Hannah Missry posted a game-high 15 points for the Rams. In the first meeting this year, Bona claimed a 55-41 win at the Reilly Center behind 14 points each from Rueter and Katie Healy as the Bonnies held Fordham to 31.1 percent shooting. Both Clark and Danielle Burns had 10 points for the Rams.
JUST "BONNIES" PLEASE
When referring to the St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team (and all St. Bonaventure women's teams) please refer to us simply as "Bonnies," not "Lady Bonnies."
St. Bonaventure's RPI stood at 36 as of Tuesday. The Bonnies had the No. 37 non-conference RPI, going 11-2 in that span. The Atlantic 10 has a conference RPI of 7 - the highest of any non-power conference.
St. Bonaventure vs: RPI 1-25: 0-2; RPI 26-50: 2-0; RPI 51-100: 4-2; RPI Top 100: 6-4
- On Monday, ESPN Bracketologist Charlie Creme listed Bona as one of his "First Four Out" teams. Using Creme's bracket as a reference (through games of Feb. 21): Bona has MORE RPI Top 100 wins (6-4 overall) than "Last Four In" teams Kansas State (5-9) and Auburn (4-9).
- The Bonnies also have MORE RPI Top 100 wins than N.C. State (5-8) and South Florida (5-6), which are listed as above the "bubble" and as No. 8 and 9 seeds respectively.
- Also listed above the "bubble" and currently "in" is George Washington. While the Colonials have one RPI Top 25 win, the Bonnies have an equal Top 50 record (2-2) and equal Top 100 wins (6) as well as a slightly better overall Top 100 record (6-4 vs. 6-5) and better non-conference RPI (37 for St. Bona vs. 47 for GW). Bona also beat GW head-to-head, 69-67, on Feb 17.
- St. Bonaventure also has more RPI Top 50 wins (2-2 vs. Top 50 teams) than N.C. State (1-6), South Florida (1-5) and another Creme at-large, Indiana (1-6) - and the same number of RPI Top 50 wins as Kansas State (2-7).
- Joining SBU in the "First Four Out" are Iowa, Temple and Oregon. St. Bonaventure has more RPI Top 50 wins than Iowa (1-6) and equal to Oregon (2-7). The Bonnies also have more Top 100 wins than Temple (4-6).
- Among the "Last Four In" teams, only Kansas State has a stronger non-conference RPI.
- St. Bonaventure has a higher RPI than any of Creme's bubble teams (Last Four In / First Four Out) and a higher RPI than 10 teams currently listed as at-large entrants in ESPN Bracketology.
MEET YOU IN RICHMOND
While much is left to be decided over the last two games of the regular season when it comes to seeding, the Bonnies know one thing - they are locked into a top-four seed and will earn a bye through to Friday's quarterfinals (March 4). St. Bonaventure (11-3) currently ranks second behind Duquesne (12-2) and both of those teams - along with George Washington (11-3) and Saint Louis (11-3) can still win the regular season title.
The schedules for all four teams are as follows: SBU (at Fordham; vs. DUQ); DUQ (vs. La Salle; at SBU); GW (vs. Richmond, at George Mason); SLU (at Dayton, vs. Rhode Island). In the event of a two-way tie, head-to-head competition rules, followed by conference record of the tied teams based on winning percentage vs. highest common opponent and proceeding down the league standings if necessary until one team gains advantage. In a three-or-more team tie, the first tiebreaker criteria is head-to-head. By league rule, use each team's record against the tied teams as a group rather than performance against individual teams. When comparing records against a group of teams, the higher winning percentage will prevail. For example, 2-0 is better than 1-0; 0-1 is better than 0-2. St. Bonaventure is currently 2-1 vs. the group (wins over GW and SLU, loss at DUQ); Duquesne is 1-2 (win over SBU, loss vs. GW, loss at SLU); GW is 2-1 (wins at DUQ, vs. SLU, loss at SBU); Saint Louis is 1-2 (win vs. DUQ; losses at GW, at SBU).
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 (1,640), rebounds (802), assists (251) and blocks (146).
- Entering Wednesday, Healy has scored in double figures 12 out of the past 13 games (16.1 ppg).
- 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 (802)
> 4th in made free throws (435)
> 4th in field goals made (599)
> 5th in double-figure scoring games (85)
> 6th in 20+ point games (25)
> 7th in field goal percentage (47.1%)
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
With 11 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. The 11 A-10 wins tie the 2013-14 team for second-most in Bonnies history.
St. Bonaventure is in the midst of one of the best seasons in program history, something that can be said nearly every year in recent memory. With 22 wins, the Bonnies have won more games just four times. Bona's top six win totals have all come since the 2008-09 campaign. The Bonnies have qualified for a post-season tournament in five of the previous seven seasons.
ATLANTIC 10 AMONG THE 'POWER'FUL
The Atlantic 10 ranks seventh in the latest RealTime RPI conference rankings - the highest non-"power" conference:
3. Big 12
5. Big Ten
6. Big East
7. ATLANTIC 10
8. West Coast
IN THE COMPANY OF NONE
This year's senior class has achieved something no other Bonnies senior class has - locking up a top-four seed in the conference tournament twice. The year's seniors also did so in 2013-14.
800 and countingNearly every game these days brings another career milestone for Katie Healy, and last Saturday's game at La Salle brought another memorable mark. Healy became just the third player in SBU history to surpass 800 career rebounds, joining Sue Shay (952) and Missy Ward (856).
CRASHING THE PARTY
As of Monday, St. Bonaventure was one of just 16 schools nationwide to have both its men's and women's basketball teams inside the national RPI Top 40 (men - RPI #33, women - RPI #35). In that group, St. Bonaventure certainly stands out.
- St. Bonaventure is the ONLY non-power conference team in that group (Notre Dame, South Carolina, UConn, Baylor, Texas, Oregon State, Maryland, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Louisville, Florida, Michigan State, Miami, Oklahoma, West Virginia, St. Bonaventure).
- The average enrollment for the other 15 schools in that group is 33,175. In comparison, St. Bonaventure's undergraduate enrollment is 1,678 while the total enrollment including graduate students is 2,011. The next smallest school in the elite grouping is Notre Dame with a total enrollment of over 12,000.
DYNAMIC THREE-POINT DUO
The Bonnies duo of senior Nyla Rueter and sophomore Miranda Drummond is the most prolific three-point shooting combination in the Atlantic 10 this season: the pair have combined for 115 treys this year, the most of any teammate duo in the A-10. The next closest duo is Duquesne's Chassidy Omogrosso and April Robinson (108 3's).
MAKING THE GRADE
The members of the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team truly epitomize the true meaning of the term "student-athlete." While the Bonnies have shined on the court this season, they've been equally successful in the classroom. A year ago, the team ranked 23rd among all Division I women's basketball teams in cumulative GPA at 3.41. Currently, five players (Katie Healy, Emily Michael, Gabby Richmond, Nyla Rueter and Kelcie Rombach) are taking graduate courses. Michael (Management) and Rombach (English) each graduated a year early and are working on MBA programs. Richmond (Marketing) and Rueter (Sports Studies), meanwhile, each completed their undergraduate degrees in December. Richmond is currently in the University's MBA program while Rueter is in the Strategic Leadership program. With four student-athletes who have already completed their undergraduate programs, St. Bonaventure has more graduates than any other Division I women's basketball team.
Further, all 12 members of the Bonnies women's basketball team have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
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