ST. BONAVENTURE (22-6, 11-4 A-10) vs. DUQUESNE (25-3, 13-2)
Sunday, Feb. 28 - 1:00 p.m.
Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center – St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
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PLEASE NOTE: Season ticket holders received tickets for this game last fall which were marked as a 7 p.m. game time. A letter was sent out to all season ticket holders during the fall informing of the change to a 1 p.m. tipoff.
OPENING TIP OVERVIEW
St. Bonaventure wraps up its regular season Sunday afternoon by hosting Senior Day against Duquesne at the Reilly Center. The Bonnies will look to both bounce back from a defeat at Fordham on Wednesday as well as secure seeding in next week's Atlantic 10 Tournament.
At worst, St. Bonaventure (11-4 in Atlantic 10 play) will be the No. 4 seed and play in Friday's quarterfinals. The Bonnies could still be as high as second in the seedings - they would need to win Sunday and also get losses from George Washington (12-3, at George Mason) and/or Saint Louis (12-3, vs. Rhode Island) to move up from fourth.
- Duquesne will try to secure an Atlantic 10 regular season title with a win on Sunday, entering the day controlling their own destiny. A loss would potentially slide the Dukes into a tie with George Washington and/or Saint Louis, two teams that beat Duquesne earlier in the year.
- The Dukes lead the A-10 in scoring at 73.5 points per game and in scoring margin at +12.8. With 211 3-pointers on the year (7.5 3's per game). Duquesne is the only Atlantic 10 team to connect on 200+ shots from beyond the arc this season.
- Duquesne also guards the perimeter as well as any team in the league - opponents shoot an A-10-low 26.8 percent against the Dukes from beyond the arc, and just Saint Louis (134) has surrendered fewer 3's than Duquesne's 135.
- Senior April Robinson leads the team and ranks seventh in the league at 15.2 points per game while Deva'Nyar Workman is 11th in the league at 14.0 ppg; Amadea Szamosi adds 12.1 ppg and Kadri-Ann Lass posts 10.8 ppg.
SERIES HISTORY WITH DUQUESNE
Sunday will mark the 53rd meeting all-time between the two programs with Duquesne leading, 34-18. The Dukes won 10 straight meetings from 2001-2007, but the Bonnies had a run of better success in recent years including winning four of six games between 2011 and 2014. St. Bonaventure will try to avoid a second straight series sweep by the Dukes after dropping a 74-62 decision in Pittsburgh last month. The Bonnies hold a 12-10 edge in 22 games all-time at the Reilly Center.
BONNIES CELEBRATE SENIOR DAY
The Bonnies will honor seniors Kelcie Rombach, Nyla Rueter, Emily Michael and Katie Healy prior to Sunday's game.
This year's senior class will be remembered as one of the top classes in Bonnies program history, including being part of two of the best seasons ever for the Bonnies - earning the second-most season wins in 2013-14 (24) and this year's 22 wins so far rank fifth in the history of the program.
The duo of Katie Healy and Nyla Rueter make St. Bonaventure one of three Atlantic 10 teams with multiple active 1,000-point scorers - Healy will finish her career in the top five of nearly every Bonnies statistical category including being one of two Bonnies ever to score over 1,600 points with 800+ rebounds. Rueter, meanwhile, enters today's game ranked sixth in Bonnies career 3-pointers, 16th in scoring and third in free throw percentage. Michael, the Bonnies' floor general, has over 100 career starts while Rombach has also appeared in nearly 100 career games.
As successful as the group has been on the court, they have been equally so in the classroom. Michael and Rombach each graduated a year early while Rueter completed her undergraduate degree early in December. All four seniors are currently working on their graduate programs, giving the Bonnies the most graduate students of any Division I women's basketball team in the nation. Also joining is Gabby Richmond who has also already graduated early, but still has a year of eligibility remaining while completing a Master's program.
MEET YOU IN RICHMOND
The Bonnies are locked into a top-four seed in next week's Atlantic 10 Tournament. St. Bonaventure cannot fall further than No. 4 in the bracket, but to move higher the Bonnies must win Sunday and receive a loss by George Washington and/or Saint Louis. If St. Bonaventure finishes with the No. 4 seed, it will play at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 4 in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals on American Sports Network TV against the winner of the No. 5 seed vs. the winner of Wednesday's No. 12/No. 13 game. The No. 3 seed plays Friday at 7 p.m. while the No. 2 seed plays at 4:30 p.m. Friday's winners play in the semifinals on Saturday with the championship game on Sunday at 12 noon on ESPNU. The winner of the Atlantic 10 Tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
DID YOU KNOW?
Senior Katie Healy is the only player in the #A10WBB top 15 in scoring, rebounds, blocks, assists, field goal percentage this year.
NUMBERS TO BE REMEMBERED
This year's edition of the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team has put itself high in the program record books including:
- The Bonnies have set the all-time record for blocks in a season, entering Sunday with 116:
1. 2015-16 -- 116 (28 games)
2. 2014-15 -- 112 (30 games)
3. 1988-89 -- 103 (28 games)
- St. Bonaventure currently has the second-best winning percentage in school history, behind only the 2011-12 Sweet 16 team:
1. 2011-12 -- .886 (31-4)
2. 2015-16 -- .786 (22-6)
3. 2009-10 -- .697 (23-10)
- Shooting nearly 76 percent at the line, the Bonnies are among the best teams in school history at the line:
1. 2009-10 -- .798
2. 1994-95 -- .780
3. 1999-00 -- .767
4. 1992-93 -- .759
5. 2015-16 -- .758
- This year, SBU has been one of the most prolific 3-point shooting teams in program history as well:
1. 2010-11 -- 224 3's made
2. 2011-12 -- 213
3. 2008-09 -- 192
4. 2009-10 -- 172
5. 2003-04 -- 170
6. 2015-16 -- 167
- The Bonnies are also among the top helping hands in program history with 412 assists, ranking sixth. The program record is 519 set in 1990-91.
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 has won its first 15 games at the Reilly Center - its longest winning streak to begin a season in program history and most wins in a season at the RC. The Bonnies are the only undefeated team at home in the Atlantic 10. SBU's longest home winning streak overall is 16 games between the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
In 15 home games this season, the Bonnies have limited opponents to an average of 51.9 points per game while shooting just 32.2 percent from the floor and 25.8 percent from beyond the arc. Things haven't gone as smoothly on the road, where the Bonnies are 7-6 overall and opponents average 60.0 points per game while shooting nearly 38 percent overall and 33 percent from long range.
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