No. 4 ST. BONAVENTURE (23-6, 12-4 A-10) vs. No. 5 VCU (22-8, 11-6)
March 4, 2016 - 2:00 p.m. (Atlantic 10 Quarterfinal)
Richmond, Va. - Richmond Coliseum
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OPENING TIP OVERVIEW
St. Bonaventure heads to Richmond for the Atlantic 10 Championship after turning in one of the best regular seasons in program history.
The Bonnies tallied their second-most overall regular season victories (23) while notching their second-most Atlantic 10 victories as well (12). The only time St. Bonaventure surpassed those win totals was during the 2011-12 Sweet 16 season.
St. Bonaventure is also the only team this year to beat all of the top three seeds in the tournament - George Washington (69-67 in overtime on Feb. 17), Saint Louis (80-59 on Feb. 10) and Duquesne (60-48 on Feb. 28). In fact there is only one team in the A-10 that the Bonnies have not defeated this season - losing the only game of the year vs. VCU on the road back on Feb. 3. With a No. 4 seeding, the Bonnies have far surpassed their ninth-place preseason pick in the A-10 Coaches' Poll.
At the conclusion of the regular season, the Bonnies rank first among all Atlantic 10 teams in field goal percentage (43.3 percent), field goal percentage defense (34.6 percent), free throw percentage (76.1 percent), three point percentage (34.1 percent) and fewest personal fouls (15.3 per game). The Bonnies are also second in scoring defense (55.4 points per game allowed) and winning percentage (79.3 percent).
Friday's quarterfinal opponent will be VCU after the Rams stormed past No. 13 seed Richmond, 62-42, on Thursday afternoon in a battle of hometown teams at the Richmond Coliseum. Isis Thorpe was one of four Rams in double figures, leading the way with 13 points while Curteeona Brelove added a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Rams crushed the Spiders on the boards by a 52-31 margin.
The Bonnies will look to avenge their loss last month at VCU, which came without second-leading scorer Miranda Drummond who missed the game due to injury, and score their first-ever win over the Rams.
HEALY EARNS FIRST TEAM ALL-ATLANTIC 10 HONORS
St. Bonaventure University senior Katie Healy has earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team as well as on the conference's All-Academic Team, officials announced Tuesday.
The Lancaster, N.Y. native leads the Bonnies in scoring (15.6 ppg), rebounds (7.1 rpg), blocks (45) and field goal percentage (50.6 percent) while also adding 3.0 assists per game. Healy is the only player in the Atlantic 10 this season to rank among the conference's top 15 in all of those categories.
Healy has posted double-figure scoring in 22 of 27 games played this season including 14 of the last 15 contests of the regular season. She has often saved her best for the toughest competition – she tallied 24 points in a win over George Washington on Feb. 17 and registered 16 points with seven rebounds in a victory over Duquesne on Sunday. In all, she has surpassed 15 points in 13 games on the year.
The Atlantic 10's active scoring leader, she is one of two players in program history with 1,600 points and 800 career rebounds. She stands as the program's all-time leader in blocks and is also third in rebounds and fourth in scoring.
Also a standout in the classroom with a 3.46 cumulative GPA, she is a marketing major who will graduate this semester while concurrently working on her MBA. She was previously named to the CoSIDA District 1 All-Academic Team last month.
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."
The Bonnies' RPI according to NCAA.com is 30. St. Bonaventure has ranked higher in the RPI at this point in the season just once - the 2011-12 Sweet 16 campaign. SBU's RPI is also higher than 10 teams currently "in" ESPN's Bracketology as of March 2.
Bona vs. RPI 1-25
The Bonnies have one RPI Top 25 win, going 1-2 against RPI Top 25 competition. The Bonnies defeated RPI 23 Duquesne on Feb. 28 (60-48) and fell at RPI 19 DePaul (77-54) and at RPI 23 Duquesne (74-62). The Bonnies were listed as one of the "First Four Out" in Charlie Creme's Bracketology on ESPN this week. Among "bubble" teams, St. Bona has equal Top 25 wins to "Last Four In" Villanova (1-1) and Purdue (1-5) and MORE than No. 8 seed N.C. State (0-5) and No. 7 seed Miami (0-6) and equal to No. 8 seed Washington (1-6), No. 9 seed Kansas State (1-6) and No. 10 seed St. John's (1-4).
Bona vs. RPI 26-50
The Bonnies are 2-0 vs. RPI teams 26-50. That's more 26-50 wins than "Last Four In" Purdue (1-0), Auburn (0-4), Temple (1-1) and "First Four Out" Duke (1-2), Minnesota (1-1), USC (1-2) and more than every "Next Four Out" team. Among teams "in" the bracket, the Bonnies have more Top 26-50 wins than N.C. State (1-2), Indiana (1-3), South Florida (1-1), Washington (1-1) and Kansas State (1-3) and equal to St. John's (2-2). In all, the Bonnies have more total Top 50 wins (3) than nine ESPN at-large teams: Purdue (2), GW (2), Duquesne (2), Miami (2), Indiana (2), South Florida (2), Kansas State (2), Washington (2) and NC State (1) and equal to Villanova and St. John's.
Bona vs. RPI 51-100
The Bonnies are 4-2 vs. teams RPI 51-100.
Bona vs. RPI Top 100
The Bonnies are 7-4 vs. the RPI Top 100. That gives Bona more Top 100 wins than "Last Four In" Auburn (5-10) and Temple (5-8) as well as "in" teams N.C. State (4-9), Miami (5-6) and Kansas State (5-10). Also their seven Top 100 wins are equal to fellow "in" teams St. John's (7-7) and South Florida (7-7) and GW (7-4).
ATLANTIC 10 AMONG THE 'POWER'FUL
As of March 1, the Atlantic 10 ranked as the No. 7 conference in the nation in overall RPI according to RealTime RPI. The A-10 is the highest-ranked non-power conference.
St. Bonaventure had a 16-game winning streak earlier this season, the second-longest in school history behind only the 2011-12 Sweet 16 team.
Bonaventure also went a perfect 16-0 at home this year, its first undefeated season at the Reilly Center in program history. Included in the home slate were wins over RPI 23 Duquesne, RPI 37 James Madison, RPI 38 George Washington and RPI 54 Saint Louis.
SEASON FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
St. Bonaventure's 23 regular season wins are second-most in program history behind only the 2011-12 Sweet 16 team (27).
SEASON FOR THE RECORD BOOKS, Part 2
St. Bonaventure's 12 Atlantic 10 wins are also second-most in program history behind the 2011-12 team (14).
RUFF NAMED ASN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mariah Ruff was named national women's basketball Player of the Week on Monday, Feb. 29 by the American Sports Network. Ruff averaged 19.5 points and 10.0 rebounds this past week, including her first career double-double in a win over Atlantic 10 leader Duquesne on Sunday. She netted 18 points with a career-high 13 rebounds in the win over Duquesne.
BONNIES LOCK DOWN DEFENSE
For the season, opponents are shooting 34.6 percent against the SBU defense. That total ranks first in the Atlantic 10 and 14th in the nation.
- Opposing teams are averaging 55.4 points per game against the Bona defense - that ranks second in the A-10 and 28th in the nation in scoring defense.
- Bona has held opponents to single digits in a quarter 27 different times this season (23 percent of all quarters played).
- Opponents have scored 59 points or less 19 times this season.
- The SBU defense has held opponents under 40 percent shooting from the floor in 21 games this season. The Bonnies are 19-2 in those games.
- Opponents shot just 36.2 percent against the St. Bonaventure defense last year. Among A-10 teams, only George Washington (36.1 percent) held opponents to a lower field goal percentage.
- Opponents traditionally have a tough time scoring against the Bonnies. Since the 2008-09 season, the Bonnies have finished in the top five in the conference in scoring defense six times – including the last four seasons. They twice finished first (2011-12, 2009-10).