OPENING TIP OVERVIEW
The Bonnies wrap up their weekend road trip with their second Mid-American Conference team in 48 hours, heading to Toledo on Sunday afternoon as the Bonnies and Rockets meet for the fifth straight year.
- Junior guard Mariah Ruff has scored in double figures in seven of nine games this season.
- St. Bonaventure is trying to avoid its first three-game losing skid since dropping the final three games of the 2014-15 season (Feb. 25 - March 4, 2015).
- Bona is seeking its first true road victory of the season. The Bonnies won both games on neutral court at the UCF Thanksgiving Classic, but are 0-3 in true road games.
- The Bonnies entered Friday's game allowing just 54.6 points per game through their first eight games, ranking first in the Atlantic 10 and 35th in the nation before surrendering 75 points at EMU.
- 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 34 games including five of nine games so far this season.
- Mariah Ruff is averaging 16.3 points per game in four wins this season.
- Opponents were averaging less than 29 percent from beyond the arc against the Bona defense prior to EMU shooting 50% (10-20) Friday.
- Bona matched its season high of six three-pointers Friday at Eastern Michigan. SBU also hit six threes vs. Colgate.
- The Bonnies have just six bench points in the past two games - all from Mckenna Maycock on Friday.
- Bona surrendered a season-high 75 points Friday at EMU. It was the first time SBU allowed 75 or more points in over a calendar year (77 at No. 22 DePaul Nov. 15, 2015).
- Opponents shot 27.9 percent from the floor and 24.3 percent from beyond the arc during Bona's three-game winning streak Nov. 26-30.
- 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 Nov. 19, Sarah Hart is averaging 34.0 minutes per game, Mariah Ruff 32.0 minutes, Matea Brivar 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 four games of 35 percent or worse (Stony Brook, 22.8%, Rider, 25.8%; Austin Peay, 35.0%, Delaware, 23.6%).
- Freshman Jalisha Terry has scored in double figures in four of the last five 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 428-461 overall since turning D-I for the 1986-87 season (.482), but are 209-122 (.635) over the past 10 seasons.
BONA VS. TOLEDO - SERIES HISTORY
- Sunday will be the fifth meeting between the Bonnies and Rockets all-time, all of which coming since 2012.
- Toledo won the first three games of the series with the 2013 and 2014 editions of the series being decided by a combined eight points.
- St. Bonaventure finally knocked off Toledo last year at the Reilly Center, 74-63.
- St. Bonaventure has never won at Toledo, falling in games in 2012 and 2014.
St. Bonaventure received 52 points combined from Katie Healy (18), Nyla Rueter (17) and Miranda Drummond (17) to run past Toledo, 74-63, last year at the RC. Toledo led 16-8 early, but a 17-2 Bonaventure sprint gave the Bonnies a lead they never relinquished. Bona shot 60 percent (15-25) during the season half and 50 percent (25-50) for the day. Gabby Richmond had eight points and Matea Britvar added six points and two blocks.- Ana Capotosto led Toledo with 15 points, Jay Bravo-Harriott had 11 and Janice Monakana scored 12.
- Toledo has been red hot to start the season, winning seven of its first eight games of the year including a 76-72 win at Dayton on Friday. The only loss for the Rockets is a narrow 75-73 loss to UCLA at the Cancun Challenge last month. The Rockets entered Friday ranking 27th in the nation with 79.5 points per game. Toledo was ranked No. 25 in this week's collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. Three players average double-figure scoring: Bravo-Harriott (13.6 ppg), Mikaela Boyd (12.0 ppg) and Monakana (10.8 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 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.
COACH JESSE FLEMING SHOW DATES SET
Throughout the season, catch head coach Jesse Fleming on the Coach Jesse Fleming Radio Show, hosted live on select Tuesdays at Four Mile Brewing in Olean. Hosted by Chris Russell, the show airs live on WGWE 105.9 FM. Each show will run a half hour in length as Coach Fleming discusses the team and upcoming games. Currently scheduled dates are as follows: Tuesday, Dec. 13; Tuesday, Dec. 27; Tuesday, Jan. 3; Tuesday, Jan. 24. More dates will be announced later. Every show begins at 6:00 p.m.
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