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@BonniesWBB Returns To Action Sunday, Hosting Albany in Matchup of 2016 NCAA Tourney Teams

ST. BONAVENTURE (4-6) vs. ALBANY (6-5)
Sunday, Dec. 18 - 1:00 p.m.
Reilly Center
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Radio - WGWE 105.9 FM

SUNDAY'S PROMOTION
The first 300 fans in attendance receive a free Reilly Center 50th anniversary poster commemorating the history of St. Bonaventure women's basketball in The RC. 

OPENING TIP OVERVIEW
The Bonnies return to action after a week off for finals, hosting Albany on Sunday afternoon. It is a matchup of two teams who each reached the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 this past year.

QUICK HITS

  • The Bonnies are trying to avoid their first four-game losing streak since the middle portion of the 2014-15 season.
  • Bona ranks third in the Atlantic 10 in scoring defense, allowing 58.6 points per game to opponents for the season.
  • Junior guard Mariah Ruff is 12th in the Atlantic 10 with 13.0 points per game this season. She also stands seventh in the league with 3.6 assists per contest.
  • Ruff's 17 3-pointers are tied for fourth in the A-10.
  • Junior forward Matea Britvar ranks 10th in the A-10 in rebounding, averaging 7.1 rebounds per game.
  • The Bonnies are 17-6 all-time against current members of the America East Conference, including 1-0 this season after a win over Stony Brook at The RC last month. 

BONA VS. ALBANY - SERIES HISTORY

  • Sunday marks the fourth meeting all-time between the programs with the last coming in 2007.
  • The teams met for the first time in 2005 when the Bonnies won, 59-49, in the championship game of the St. Bonaventure Shootout in Elmira.
  • The teams also had a home-and-home serie sin 2007 with the Bonnies making the trip to the state capitol in January 2007 and the Great Danes coming to The RC in November of that year.
  • The Bonnies are 3-0 all-time vs. the Great Danes.

LAST MEETING

  • After leading by as many as 15 points in the second half, the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team withheld a late 13-2 Albany run to pick up a 64-62 win on Nov. 13, 2007 at the Reilly Center.
  • Then-sophomore Dana Mitchell and then-freshman Armelia Horton led the way with 16 points apiece for the Bonnies.

ABOUT ALBANY

  • Albany had a tremendous 2015-16 season, finishing 28-5 overall including 15-1 in America East play
  • The Great Danes won the America East championship, 59-58, over Maine and went on to upset Florida, 61-59, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Syracuse in the second round.
  • Sunday's game comes as part of a stretch where the Bonnies are facing six straight opponents who reached a national postseason tournament last year.
  • Joanna Bernabei-McNamee is in her first year at the helm, taking over for Katie Abrahamson-Hendersonwho left after last season to take the head job at Central Florida.
  • Albany was selected as the America East preseason favorite for the fifth straight season.
  • Eight players returned off last year's roster including two starters.
  • Leading scorer Imani Tate averages 20.4 points per game, but has missed the last four games due to injury. Jessica Fequiere averaged 12.9 points per game and is the leading scorer aside from Tate.

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