OPENING TIP OVERVIEW
St. Bonaventure makes its 2016-17 debut at home on Sunday afternoon vs. Colgate. Prior to the game, the Bonnies will unveil their 2016 NCAA Tournament banner. For tickets, please CLICK HERE.
BONA VS. COLGATE - SERIES HISTORY
- Sunday will mark the 22nd all-time meeting between the two programs. St. Bonaventure leads the all-time series, 15-6.
- The Bonnies and Raiders will meet for the fifth straight season.
- Bona has won six straight and 10 of the last 11 meetings.
- Colgate's last win in the series came on Nov. 20, 2004 (73-70) in the seasonopener of the 2004-05 campaign on a neutral court at the First Arena in Elmira, N.Y. as part of the St. Bonaventure Shootout.
- The Bonnies are 33-11 all-time vs. Patriot League opponents.
- The Bonnies held the Raiders scoreless for the entire first quarter as Colgate did not crack into the scoring column for the first 11:56 of game time as Bona came away with a 62-38 road victory on Dec. 19, 2015
- Nyla Rueter led the Bonnies with 21 points, 17 of which came during the third quarter, and Katie Healy broke the program's career blocks record in the win.
- Mckenna Maycock posted a then-career-high seven points off the bench while Gabby Richmond added nine points and eight rebounds.
- Katie Curtis paced the Raiders with 14 points.
- Colgate shot just 25 percent (14-for-56) from the floor.
NEW YORK STATE OF MIND
Bona is 63-13 against New York State opponents since the 2006-07 season.
- Colgate is in its first season under new head coach Bill Cleary, who moved to the Division I ranks after building Division II Bloomsburg (Pa.) into a national power. He went 164-69 (.704) at Bloomsburg and won 102 games over a four-year NCAA Tournament run including a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) title and five straight PSAC East Division titles.
- The Raiders return 10 letterwinners off last year's team and welcome four freshmen.
- Senior guard Katie Curtis is Colgate's leading returning scorer, averaging 9.8 ppg a season ago.
- Colgate was selected to finish ninth in the Patriot League Preseason Poll.
- The Raiders lost in double overtime at Providence on Friday night, 92-85. Colgate had the ball for the last possession of regulation, but a turnover ended their chance to win the game before going to extra time. After forcing a second extra stanza, the Raiders fell to their Big East opponent in former SBU head coach Jim Crowley's first game at the helm of PC.
- Freshman Rachel Thompson led the Raiders with 20 points along with seven rebounds off the bench, but fouled out in the second overtime. Katie Curtis (15 pts) and another freshman, Haley Greer, scored 13 off the bench as well.
- Bona will honor its 2016 NCAA Tournament team prior to tip-off. Last year's team will go down as one of the best in program history as the Bonnies reached the NCAA Tournament for the second time, defeating Oklahoma State to advance to the Round of 32. St. Bonaventure's only other NCAA Tournament appearance was a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2012.
- Highlighting the ceremony will be the unveiling of the NCAA Tournament banner from the Reilly Center rafters. Along with the six returning members of last year's team, alumni Emily Michael, Nyla Rueter and Kelcie Rombach are expected to be in attendance.- The Bonnies will go for their 17th straight victory at home after an undefeated 16-0 season last year on home court.
- Both the Bonnies and Raiders will look to bounce back from opening season losses on the road - Bona at Niagara and Colgate at Providence.
- The Bonnies will look for their eighth straight home victory over Colgate. The Raiders have not won at the Reilly Center since the 1983-84 season.
- Gabby Richmond will seek another strong outing - the graduate power forward posted the second double-double of her career on Friday (13 points, 10 rebounds). It was her first double-digit effort on the boards since pulling in 12 rebounds at UMass on Jan. 31, 2015. She also had a career-high four blocks Friday.
- Sophomore guard Mckenna Maycock posted a career high 10 points Friday. Her previous best of seven came last year against Colgate.
NEW YEAR, NEW FACES
- Friday's game will be the first official contest for new head coach Jesse Fleming at the helm. No stranger to the program, Fleming was on the staff of former head coach Jim Crowley from 2005-2011 and prior to that was a team manager from 2001-04, graduating in 2005. It will be Fleming's first season with the program since 2011, however, as he spent the 2011-12 season on staff at Stony Brook and 2012-16 with Bowling Green.
- The game at Niagara will mark the first game that former head coach Jim Crowley has not been associated with the program since the final game of the 1995-96 season - March 1, 1996 vs. Xavier. Crowley became an assistant coach the following season and was named head coach in 2000.
- Along with Coach Fleming, assistant coaches Jeff Clapacs and Jennifer Pruett as well as director of basketball operations Alysha Giarra all join the Bona staff for the first time, joining the longest tenured member of the staff, Andrea Mulcahy who is in her fifth season on the bench for Bona.
- Bona also brings in six new players - five freshmen (Danielle Migliore, Jalisha Terry, Rhianna Council, Sarah Hart and Sarah Young) and junior transfer C'quoya Haughton who will sit out this year due to NCAA transfer rules.
RUFF LEADS THE WAY
- Bona returns one starter from last year's NCAA Tournament team, junior guard Mariah Ruff.
- Ruff started all 32 games a season ago, averaging 10.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists.
- She had four or more assists in 22 games a year ago and ranked sixth in the Atlantic 10 in assist-to-turnover ratio.
- Ruff earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Preseason Third Team and is also on the Big 4 Preseason First Team.- The 2014 Miss New York Basketball and one of Crowley's most prized recruits during his tenure, Ruff was at her best in A-10 play last year, averaging 11.8 points per game.
IN THE POLLS
St. Bonaventure was selected to finish 10th in this year's preseason Atlantic 10 Coaches Poll- Bona will look to do what it did last season when it proved the polls wrong: SBU was picked ninth a season ago, but finished fourth with a 12-4 conference record and just a game out of the top spot.
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