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@BonniesWBB Welcomes Dayton For Wednesday Night Atlantic 10 Battle

@BonniesWBB Welcomes Dayton For Wednesday Night Atlantic 10 Battle

ST. BONAVENTURE (6-8, 1-1 A-10) vs. DAYTON (7-7, 1-1)
Wednesday, Jan. 4 - 7:00 p.m.
Reilly Center
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St. Bonaventure returns home to the Reilly Center to host Dayton on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in a meeting between two teams that have opened Atlantic 10 play at 1-1.

Junior Mariah Ruff averaged 18.5 points, 6.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the first two games of Atlantic 10 play last week, earning a spot on the Atlantic 10 weekly Honor Roll.

The Bonnies have won nine straight Atlantic 10 games inside the Reilly Center.

Mariah Ruff continues to be the engine that runs the Bonnies, joining the Atlantic 10 leaders in several statistical categories:

  • Ruff ranks 10th in the A-10 in scoring (13.9 ppg), sixth in assists per game (4.2 apg) and tied for third in three-pointers made (28).
  • Her career-best 10 assists Dec. 28 vs. Rhode Island were the most by any Bonnies player since 2006. She has handed out four or more assists eight times this season. Ruff also has six or more assists 10 times in her career, all during the past two seasons.
  • Ruff has tallied 18 or more points four times this year.

Graduate forward Gabby Richmond is in bit of a different role as a starter this year, but is in her fifth year with the Bonnies program after redshirting her freshman year of 2012-13 (23 starts as a R-freshman). The game at Buffalo on Dec. 21 was her 100th in Brown and White.

  • She has a pair of double-doubles this season (at Niagara, vs. Canisius).
  • Richmond has scored in double-figures in nine of 14 games this year and has logged 30+ minutes eight times.
  • She established her career high in scoring with 22 points Dec. 28 vs. URI, also tallying 20 points vs. Canisius.The Chicago native stands 17th in the Atlantic 10 in rebounding (6.6 rpg) and eighth in field goal percentage (47.5 percent).

Junior forward Matea Britvar is enjoying a breakout season, her first as a starter. Her top three scoring efforts have all come thus far in 2016-17, including her first two double-doubles and two 20-point games. She also has four double-digit rebounding games.

  • The 24 points she scored vs. Rhode Island on Dec. 28 are the most by any Bonnies player since Jan. 3, 2016 when Nyla Rueter scored 25 at URI.
  • She ranks 13th in the Atlantic 10 with 7.1 rebounds per game, and 10th in field goal percentage at 45.5 percent. 
  • Her eight free throws made Dec. 28 were more than she had attempted in her entire career to that point - she went 8-for-10 from the stripe vs. URI and was 6-for-7 from the line in her first 59 games.

St. Bonaventure freshman Jalisha Terry has made an impact in her first season as the team's point guard.

  • Terry has earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors twice (Dec. 5, Dec. 19).
  • She ranks 12th in the Atlantic 10 by shooting 77.8 percent at the free throw line.
  • She has logged 30+ minutes in 10 straight games and scored in double digits six times.

Sophomore guard Mckenna Maycock is one of the players back from last year's NCAA Tournament team, but averaged just 6.8 minutes per game a year ago. She's thrived in a sixth woman role so far this year, greatly expanding her production.

  • She has scored in double figures three times this year (none last season), including a career high of 13 points in the win over Albany.
  • Maycock, though listed at 5-foot-9, has been an important figure on the boards. She has logged seven or more rebounds four times this year, including a career high 10 at George Mason on Dec. 31.
  • She is the lone Cattaraugus County native on the roster -- Maycock hails from about 30 minutes away from campus in Randolph, N.Y. and graduated high school as Western New York's all-time leading scorer (2,947 points, fifth in N.Y. state history).

Wednesday will be the 25th meeting all-time between the Bonnies and Flyers with Dayton holding a 14-10 edge. A year ago, the Bonnies snapped what was then their longest active losing streak against any Atlantic 10 rival - four straight games. Bona holds a 6-4 edge in 10 previous meetings at the Reilly Center, but seeks its first win over the Flyers on home court since a 55-45 victory on Feb. 4, 2009.

St. Bonaventure came away from UD Arena with a thrilling 59-54 victory on Jan. 20, 2016, rallying from 10 points down with 4:30 remaining in the game. Bona finished the game on a 15-0 run to score its 16th consecutive victory.

The Flyers, picked to finish tied for second in the A-10 preseason poll, are in their first season under new head coach Shauna Green. Green, a 2002 Canisius grad, was named to the position in September after longtime head coach Jim Jabir stepped down.

Dayton survived a scare from UMass on Saturday to secure its first A-10 win of the year, 77-65, at home after dropping its A-10 opener to La Salle at home on Dec. 4. Recently, Dayton scored an impressive 74-57 win over Texas A&M at the Florida Sunshine Classic.

The Flyers rank third in the A-10 at 67.2 points per game and ninth in scoring defense while allowing 64.3 ppg. Jenna Burdette ranks 12th in the league with 13.3 points per game while Kelley Austria adds 10.6 ppg.  

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