@BonniesWBB Renews Rivalry With Canisius at The RC Wednesday Night

ST. BONAVENTURE (1-1) vs. CANISIUS (0-1)
Wednesday, Nov. 16 - 7:00 p.m.
Reilly Center
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Radio - WGWE 105.9 FM

GAME PROMOTION
Wednesday's game will sport the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce Food Drive. All fans are asked to bring non-perishable canned food items for donation - the first 50 fans to donate a canned food item will receive a free ticket courtesy of the GOACC.

TICKETS
All adult tickets are $5. Students are free with valid SBU ID. Women's basketball season tickets are also available for $65. For tickets, please CLICK HERE

BONA VS. CANISIUS - SERIES HISTORY

  • Wednesday marks the 52nd all-time meeting between the programs. Bona has played just one opponent more times overall, that being its other Little Three rival Niagara (60 meetings).
  • The Bonnies have scored 10 straight victories in the series with Canisius' last win coming on Dec. 17, 2005 at the Reilly Center (77-67). Since then, nine of Bona's wins have come by double digits.
  • SBU has lost to Canisius at the Reilly Center just once since 1995 (8-1).
  • The Bonnies are 88-63 against MAAC opponents all-time.

LAST MEETING

  • The Bonnies led nearly wire-to-wire in a 59-47 victory at the Koessler Center in Buffalo on Dec. 29, 2015.
  • SBU won handily despite going just 1-of-14 from beyond the arc.
  • Bona owned a 42-27 edge on the boards.
  • Katie Healy owned the night, finishing with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Mariah Ruff netted 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting, adding four assists. Gabby Richmond hauled in seven rebounds.
  • No Canisius player cracked double-figure scoring.

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

  • The Bonnies have won 26 of the last 28 games against Big 4 rivals Buffalo, Canisius and Niagara. Friday's loss at Niagara snapped what was a 19-game winning streak against Little Three opponents Niagara and Canisius dating to November 2006.
  • Bona is 64-13 against New York State opponents since the 2006-07 season.

ABOUT CANISIUS

  • Canisius was picked sixth in the 11-team MAAC Preseason Coaches Poll.
  • Sophomore guard Maria Welch was picked to the All-MAAC Preseason Third Team.
  • The Griffs went 13-17 with an 8-12 conference mark last season and returned 10 letterwinners this year including three of their four leading scorers.
  • Junior guard Margret Halfdanardottir is the leading returning scorer, averaging 9.6 ppg. Welch posted 8.7 ppg a year ago with senior guard Lauren D'Hont adding 7.6 ppg.
  • St. Bonaventure alum Terry Zeh '90 is in his 12th season as head coach of the Griffs, owning a 175-193 overall record. He previously served as a men's assistant at Canisius and went 44-36 as the men's head coach at Elmira from 1995-97.
  • Canisius opened its 2016-17 season with a disappointing home loss to Northeastern, 83-59, on Sunday. Northeastern shot 49.2 percent on the day and went 12-of-27 from long range. Halfdanardottir and Welch each tallied 14 points apiece for the Griffs.

STAND OUT STATISTICS

  • Matea Britvar's Sunday outing vs. Colgate was a career day across the board. The junior forward tallied her first career double-double and also had highs in scoring (20 points) and rebounding (11) along with field goals made (10).
  • Mariah Ruff tied her career high with seven assists in Sunday's victory.
  • Mckenna Maycock hauled in a career-best eight rebounds on Sunday.
  • Gabby Richmond swatted a career-high four shots Friday at Niagara.
  • Bona lost its season-opener at Niagara, but bounced back with a win Sunday vs. Colgate. The Bonnies have not lost back-to-back games in nearly an entire calendar year - not since dropping Preseason WNIT games at No. 22 DePaul and at Drexel on Nov. 15 and Nov. 21, 2015.
  • The Bonnies will look to extend a 17-game winning streak at the Reilly Center.
  • This year marks two important anniversaries - the 50th anniversary of the Reilly Center, and the 30th anniversary of the Bonnies women's basketball program playing at the Division I level. The Bonnies are 425-457 overall since turning D-I for the 1986-87 season (.482), but are 206-118 (.636) over the past 10 seasons.

BRITVAR, HART ON A-10 HONOR ROLL
Matea Britvar and freshman Sarah Hart were each a part of this week's Atlantic 10 Honor Roll. While Britvar had a dominating day vs. Colgate, Hart also had a strong showing, finishing with 11 points and six rebounds including 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.

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