OPENING TIP OVERVIEW
The Bonnies wrap up non-conference play with a Wednesday matinee at Big 4 rival Buffalo. Bona seeks its first Big 4 victory of the season and looks to knock off the unbeaten Bulls in Buffalo.
Wednesday's game will be available live through ESPN3.
- The Bonnies are trying to score their first win over a Big 4 rival this season. St. Bonaventure has recorded at least one win over a Western New York rival (UB, Canisius, Niagara) every year since 2002-03.
- St. Bonaventure ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in scoring defense, allowing 58.6 points per game.
- The Bonnies are in the midst of playing six straight games vs opponents who reached a national postseason tournament last year. Bona is fresh off a win over reigning America East champion and preseason favorite Albany on Sunday.
- Junior guard Mariah Ruff ranks 12th in the A-10 in scoring (13.3 ppg) and seventh in assists (3.8/game). The Oneonta native also has the third-most three-pointers of any A-10 player with 20.
- Freshman Jalisha Terry has earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors for the second time this season. She recorded 13 points and four assists in Sunday's win vs. Albany and is now averaging 11.1 points per game since being inserted into the starting lineup Nov. 19.
STAND OUT STATISTICS
- St. Bonaventure has held opponents to 35 percent shooting or worse in 18 of the past 36 games including six of 11 games so far this season.
- Four Bonnies scored in double figures in Sunday's win over Albany (Ruff, 16; Terry, 13; Maycock, 13; Richmond, 11). It was the first time since Feb. 20 at La Salle that four Bonnies reached double figure scoring.
- Sophomore Mckenna Maycock registered a career high 13 points Sunday vs. Albany. She's scored in double figures three times during her career, all this season - she had 10 points at Niagara and also vs. Rider.
- Bona's defense is allowing just 51.4 points per game in its five wins this season while holding opponents to 30.8 percent shooting from the floor.
- Junior Mariah Ruff has six or more assists in four games this season. She's reached that total nine times in her career, all in the past two seasons.
- Freshman Danielle Migliore had a career-best eight points at Toledo last Sunday.
- Bona matched its season high of six three-pointers Sunday vs. Albany. SBU also hit six threes vs. Colgate and at Eastern Michigan.
- Bona surrendered a season-high 75 points Dec. 9 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 opponents have shot 40 percent or worse from the floor seven times already this season - including five games of 35 percent or worse (Stony Brook, 22.8%, Rider, 25.8%; Austin Peay, 35.0%, Delaware, 23.6%, Albany 34.9%).
- Freshman Jalisha Terry has scored in double figures in six of the last seven games after averaging 1.3 points per game her first four games of the year. She's averaging 11.1 points per game in eight games as a starter.
- Terry led the Bonnies in scoring Nov. 30 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.
BONA VS. BUFFALO - SERIES HISTORY
- Wednesday will mark the 25th meeting all-time between the Western New York rivals.
- The teams have paired off in nine straight seasons counting this year's trip.
- St. Bonaventure holds a 16-8 all-time advantage over the Bulls and has won eight of the last 10 meetings.
- The teams have split their 12 all-time meetings in Buffalo.
- The Bonnies defense dominated in a 59-32 win at the Reilly Center last December.
- Matea Britvar registered then career highs of 10 points and nine rebounds, adding two blocks.
- Since the Bonnies moved to Division I in 1986, they have held an opponent to fewer points just one time, surrendering 28 points in a win over Rhode Island in 2013. SBU held UB to 18.6 percent shooting (11-for-59) and 1-of-19 from beyond the arc.
- Mckenna Maycock had six points in 15 minutes off the bench.
- Bona had 42 bench points, led by Katie Healy who came off the bench after missing the previous two games due to injury. She finished with 15 points.
- Buffalo won the Mid-American Conference Tournament last year, earning an automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. There, UB's season ended with a loss at Ohio State in the first round.
- UB has matched its best-ever start to a season at 8-0. The Bulls' last regular season loss came on March 2, 2016 at Akron. UB has not lost at Alumni Arena since Feb. 17 vs. Eastern Michigan.
- UB has two players averaging double figures in points (JoAnna Smith, 14.0 ppg and Cassie Ourseler, 10.1 ppg) and six averaging at least three rebounds per game.
- The Bulls have been dominant on the boards this year, averaging 45.6 rebounds per game and owning a rebounding margin of better than +13.
- UB is shooting 41.5 percent from the field this season.
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