NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team will play seven games against teams that reached the 2016 postseason as part of its 16-game Atlantic 10 Conference schedule for the 2016-17 seasons, league officials announced Thursday.
The Bonnies will see their home and road opponents reversed from last season as each team that visited the Reilly Center in 2015-16 will host Bona this season and vice versa. St. Bonaventure will renew its home-and-home series with NCAA Tournament team Duquesne as well as Fordham while adding a home-and-home series with Saint Louis which reached the WNIT last season.
St. Bonaventure will also host WNIT entrants Dayton and VCU along with Davidson, La Salle and Rhode Island. Bona will make road trips to George Mason, defending A-10 champion George Washington, Massachusetts, Richmond and Saint Joseph's.
The complete 2016-17 schedule with dates and times will be announced at a later date.
Bona will enter a new era this season, its first under head coach Jesse Fleming. Six players return from last year's NCAA Tournament squad that finished the season 24-8. Rising junior guard Mariah Ruff leads the way after averaging 10.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists last year. Also back are rising seniors Gabby Richmond and Imani Outlaw; rising junior Matea Britvar and rising sophomores Mckenna Maycock and Keely Fresh.
A-10 teams will be vying for positioning in the newly refigured conference tournament this season. The 2017 Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Championship will see six first-round games played on campus sites before heading to Richmond for quarterfinals, semifinals and championship game. The top two championship seeds will receive a bye with the remainder of the field facing off in games hosted by seeds 3-8 in the first round.
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