ST. BONAVENTURE (4-4) at EASTERN MICHIGAN (3-5)
Friday, Dec. 9 - 11:00 a.m.
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OPENING TIP OVERVIEW
The Bonnies begin a two-game weekend road swing with their earliest game start of the year, an 11:00 a.m. education day special at Eastern Michigan on Friday morning.
- Eastern Michigan is the third straight Bonnies opponent that was a part of a national postseason tournament in 2015-16.
- Friday's game will be a homecoming for freshman guard Jalisha Terry. Eastern Michigan's campus sits in Ypsilanti, Mich., approximately an hour from Terry's native Flint.
- The Bonnies allow just 54.6 points per game, ranking 35th in the nation in scoring defense and first in the Atlantic 10.
- At 4-4, first-year head coach Jesse Fleming has matched the best start of any coach in program history. Mary Jane Telford was also 4-4 through eight games in 1975-76 and Sally Luna was 4-4 in 1973-74, though the program was not D-I at the time.
- St. Bonaventure held Stony Brook without a point for the first 11:50 of game time last Wednesday. Nationwide, there has been just one longer shutout to begin a game this season - Alabama held Lipscomb without a point for the first 17:32 of game time on Nov. 17.
STAND OUT STATISTICS
- St. Bonaventure has held opponents to 35 percent shooting or worse in 17 of the past 33 games, including five of eight games so far this season.
- Mariah Ruff is averaging 16.3 points per game in four wins this season.
- Bona averages 59.8 points per game in its four wins, but 43.8 points per game in its four losses.-- Jalisha Terry averages 10.3 ppg in Bona's four wins, but just 3.0 ppg in four losses.
- The Bonnies led for 38:03, 39:20 and 39:00 respectively during their three-game winning streak which was snapped Tuesday vs. Bucknell.
- St. Bonaventure allowed an average of 47.0 points per game during its three-game winning streak.
- Opponents shot 27.9 percent from the floor and 24.3 percent from beyond the arc during the winning streak.
- When the Bonnies held Stony Brook without a point in the first quarter of their win on Nov. 30 it was the first time since Dec. 19, 2015 at Colgate that SBU held its opponent without a point for an entire quarter. It was the longest the Bonnies have gone without allowing an opponent to score to begin a game since the game went to quarters for the 2015-16 season, though, as Bona did not allow Colgate to score for the first 10:57 of last year's game before holding Stony Brook off the scoreboard for the first 11:50 of game time on Nov. 30.
- Bonnies starters have been workhorses as of late. Since the Bonnies changed their starting lineup four games ago, Sarah Hart is averaging 34.0 minutes per game, Mariah Ruff 32.0 minutes, Matea Britvar 32.2 minutes and Jalisha Terry 31.6 minutes.
- Bonnies opponents have shot 40 percent or worse from the floor six times already this season - including five out of five games where the opponent shot 35 percent or worse (Stony Brook, 22.8%, Rider, 25.8%; Austin Peay, 35.0%, Delaware, 23.6%).
- Freshman Jalisha Terry had broken her previous career high in scoring in each of the past three games prior to Tuesday - she netted 17 points last Wednesday vs. Stony Brook after scoring 14 and 10 in the previous two games.
- Terry led the Bonnies in scoring last Wednesday vs. Stony Brook with her 17 points. It was the first time that a freshman paced the Bonnies in scoring since Mariah Ruff did so during her freshman year with 20 points vs. Davidson on Feb. 21, 2015.
- 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 428-460 overall since turning D-I for the 1986-87 season (.482), but are 209-121 (.635) over the past 10 seasons.
BONA VS. EMU - SERIES HISTORY
- St. Bonaventure and Eastern Michigan have met just once before - in Pittsburgh at the Lady Panther Invitational on Nov. 25, 1988.- In that year's season opener, the Eagles came away with a 71-68 victory.
- Bona was coached by Mary Jane Telford and finished that season 10-18.
- The Bonnies are 29-21 all-time against current members of the Mid-American Conference (MAC).
The Eagles held on for a 71-68 victory at the University of Pittsburgh on Nov. 25, 1988 in the season-opening game for the Bonnies.
- The Eagles are in their first season under the direction of head coach Fred Castro, who was named to the position in May. He comes from the University of Washington where he served as an assistant for the past three years. Like Bona's Jesse Fleming, Castro rose from the ranks of student manager all the way to head coach over 15 years in coaching. As an assistant, he has reached the NCAA Final Four twice and his teams went a combined 317-171.
- Castro replaces Tony Verdi, who left EMU in April to take the head coaching job at UMass. Under Verdi, EMU went 72-61, winning 18 games in 2013-14, 24 games in 2014-15 and scored 22 victories last year with a third straight postseason appearance, reaching the second round of the WNIT.
- Traditionally EMU has been strong at home, winning 73 of its last 98 on home court. - Sasha Dailey has started just two games, but leads the team in scoring with 21.6 ppg, ranking 13th in the nation in scoring. She scored 31 on Tuesday vs. Detroit. Phillis Webb adds 10.6 ppg.
TERRY NAMED A-10 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
St. Bonaventure University freshman Jalisha Terry has earned Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week honors after leading the Bonnies to a victory last Wednesday. Terry broke her career high in scoring, tallying a game-best 17 points to key a Bonnies win over Stony Brook. The Flint, Mich. native went 8-of-12 from the floor, adding five rebounds and four assists, another career high. She has broken her career high in scoring in each of the past three games, all wins for the Bonnies. During the three-game winning streak, Terry has averaged 13.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting better than 51 percent from the floor in over 33 minutes per game.Every show begins at 6:00 p.m.