No. 10 ST. BONAVENTURE (24-7, 12-4 Atlantic 10) vs. No. 2 OREGON STATE (29-4, 16-2 Pac-12)
Sunday, March 20 - 9:00 p.m. (EST - 6:00 p.m. PST)
Gill Coliseum - Corvallis, Ore.
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OPENING TIP OVERVIEW
- The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team is making its second NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2012 when it continues its stay in Corvallis, Ore., in the NCAA Second Round vs. second-seeded and host No. 6/6 Oregon State on Sunday at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST).
- Sunday's winner advances to the Sweet 16 and a trip to Dallas, Texas.
- St. Bonaventure has made just one previous trip to the Big Dance, but the Bonnies certainly made it a memorable one by reaching the Sweet 16 in 2012. That year, the Bonnies were seeded fifth and defeated Florida Gulf Coast, 72-65, in overtime in the first round and then advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 66-63 victory vs. Marist before falling to Notre Dame in the regional semifinal.
- The Bonnies continued their strong postseason play with their 65-54 first round win over Oklahoma State on Friday night. St. Bonaventure has won at least one game in every NCAA or WNIT appearance in program history (six seasons).
- St. Bona is now 3-1 in NCAA Tournament games all-time.- Oregon State is ranked No. 6 in the nation in both the AP and Coaches Top 25 polls. The Bonnies are seeking their first win over a ranked opponent since Nov. 12, 2011 at No. 25 St. John's - the season-opener of what became Bona's Sweet 16 season. St. Bonaventure has never defeated a top 10 team - the highest ranked team the Bonnies have ever knocked off is No. 14/13 George Washington at home, 63-60, on Feb. 16, 2008.
- Bona has beaten four teams to receive votes in the Top 25 polls this season - Oklahoma State, Duquesne, George Washington and James Madison.
- Senior Katie Healy led the Bonnies with 23 points in Friday's win over Oklahoma State - she now averages over 24 points per game in three career postseason games including a pair of 2014 WNIT contests.
- Healy enters Sunday's second round game with exactly 1,700 career points. - Sophomore Mariah Ruff handed out five assists in the first round win over Oklahoma State on Friday despite being limited to 21 minutes due to foul trouble. Ruff has dished four or more assists in 22 games this season.
- Senior Nyla Rueter sank three treys on Friday, giving her 21 games with multiple three-pointers this year. She enters Sunday with 188 career threes.
- Sophomore Matea Britvar posted six points in 24 minutes off the bench in Friday's semifinal win over Oklahoma State. Britvar has played more minutes in a game just once in her two seasons with the Bonnies - 25 minutes in a December win over Buffalo.
- Freshman Mckenna Maycock played 13 minutes off the bench on Friday, her most minutes since playing 12 vs. Richmond on Jan. 31.
- When the Bonnies face off against Oregon State on Sunday, it will mark just the second-ever meeting for the Brown and White against a Pac-12 team. The Bonnies lost vs. Washington in Seattle in 2002.
- Despite a definite size disadvantage vs. Oklahoma State, the Bonnies won the battle of the boards by a 33-28 margin and had 26 points in the paint.
- Following Friday's win over Oklahoma State of the Big 12, the Bonnies are 3-1 vs. power conference teams this season with previous wins over Penn State and Georgetown. St. Bonaventure is 8-7 against power conference foes since 2011-12.
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.
The Lancaster, N.Y. native led 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 during the regular season. 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 28 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.
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.
BONNIES LOCK DOWN DEFENSE
- For the season, opponents are shooting 34.8 percent against the SBU defense. That total ranks first in the Atlantic 10 and 13th in the nation.
- Opposing teams are averaging 55.5 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 21 times this season.
- The SBU defense has held opponents under 40 percent shooting from the floor in 23 games this season. The Bonnies are 20-3 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).
DRUMMOND AMONG A-10'S MOST IMPROVED
Sophomore Miranda Drummond was praised by the Bonnies coaching staff for her hard work during the offseason and her efforts have paid off this season. Drummond has upped her points per game average by 9.1 ppg over her freshman season. Only one A-10 player has a bigger jump season-to-season - Amy Griffin of La Salle. Drummond has been key to the Bonnies' success - along with often defending the opposition's leading scorer, she ranks among the A-10's leaders in scoring (12.4 ppg, 17th), free throw percentage (83.6%, first), 3's made (55, seventh) and three-point percentage (36.2%, seventh).
BONNIES RISING IN PROGRAM RECORD BOOKS
With Friday's win over Oklahoma State, the Bonnies now have 24 victories on the season. That ties for second all-time in SBU season victories, matching the 24-11 team from 2013-14. Only the Sweet 16 team of 2011-12 won more games (31-4).
RUFF KEEPS BONNIES RUNNING SMOOTH
Sophomore Mariah Ruff has at least one assist in 29 of 30 games. She's averaged 3.8 assists per game in conference play.- Ruff has handed out four or more assists 21 times this year including 16 of the past 19 games. She logged a career-high seven assists vs. Georgetown on Dec. 5 and has five or more assists seven times this year. The Oneonta, N.Y. native has assisted 28 percent of the team's field goals while on the floor. On Feb. 24 at Fordham, Ruff scored a season-high 21 points while matching a career-high of seven rebounds. That game, however, is the only game she has played this season without an assist.
CROWLEY CONTINUES CLIMB UP A-10 WINS LIST
St. Bonaventure head coach Jim Crowley is the all-time winningest coach in program history - by a wide margin. Crowley entered the 2015-16 season with 234 victories in his first 15 seasons as Bona head coach. The next highest win total belongs to Mary Jane Telford (135-159). Crowley has brought a stretch of unprecedented success to SBU - since the 2008-09 season, Crowley has guided the Brown and White to a 171-89 record. His 108 Atlantic 10 victories rank sixth all-time in conference history.
HOW THEY GOT HERE
The Bonnies posted a 23-7 overall record during the season including a 12-4 mark in Atlantic 10 play. Both the 23 overall victories and 12 conference triumphs rank second in program history.
Among the year's many accomplishments, the Bonnies ran off 16 consecutive wins between Nov. 24 and Jan. 20, defeated four teams that would reach their conference championship game and three opponents who went on to capture conference titles. St. Bonaventure ranked No. 34 in the NCAA Rating Percentage Index (RPI) and was one of just 11 teams in the nation to rank in the top 50 in RPI and record a winning record against RPI Top 25 opponents with at least two victories against such teams.
"This is for all the people who have supported us the whole way," head coach Jim Crowley said. "The best part is for our seniors who have worked so hard and done so much for us. I'm so proud of everyone on the team because they put so much work in."
It marks the sixth postseason appearance in the last eight years for St. Bonaventure. Since making their first postseason appearance with a bid to the 2009 WNIT, the Bonnies have posted an overall record of 170-89 (.656) and have won at least one postseason game in every tournament appearance.
The Bonnies entered the week firmly on the bubble, but saw their season's work rewarded when their name popped up on the screen during ESPN's Selection Show.
"We saw that a lot of the teams we beat during the year were winning their conference. That gave us hope," senior Katie Healy said. "There were rumors that we were too small of a school to get in, but when our name was called it was amazing."
"We had a locked in mindset to give it all that we had to give us every chance to be successful no matter where that ended up," graduate student Emily Michael added. "We're now seeing how hard work and wanting it for each other lead to great things."