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@BonniesWBB Returns Home To Face First-Place Fordham Sunday

@BonniesWBB Returns Home To Face First-Place Fordham Sunday

ST. BONAVENTURE (6-11, 1-4 A-10) vs. FORDHAM (14-5, 5-0 A-10)
Sunday, Jan. 15 - 1:00 p.m.
Reilly Center
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Radio - WGWE 105.9 FM

TEAM INFORMATION
St. Bonaventure - Roster | Schedule | Stats
Fordham - Roster | Schedule | Stats

GAME PROMOTION
Sunday is Allegany-Limestone Elementary Day with students and staff of the school receiving free admission and parents and families of students receiving $3 tickets. 

St. Bonaventure and Fordham will "Lace up for pediatric cancer" to show their support in the fight against pediatric cancer. St. Bonaventure will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Golisano Children's Hospital.

GABBY THE GREAT
Graduate forward Gabby Richmond is making the most of her final collegiate season, anchoring the post for the Bonnies. Richmond leads the Bonnies with 15.6 points per game in Atlantic 10 competition, adding a team-best 8.4 rebounds while playing a team-high 33.8 minutes.

 

TERRIFIC TERRY
Freshman Jalisha Terry had a strong game Wednesday at Saint Louis, netting 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. The Flint, Mich. native has now scored in double figures seven times in her debut season and if she follows her trend this year could do so in the next two games as well – her previous six games of double-figure scoring came in a pair of three-game stretches (Nov. 26 – 30 and Dec. 9 – 18). 

 

STANDOUT SOPHOMORE
Sophomore Mckenna Maycock posted 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting Wednesday at Saint Louis, giving her a fourth game in double figures this season. Maycock also played a career high 33 minutes, her seventh game of 30 or more minutes this season – six of which have come off the bench. Thus far in Atlantic 10 play, she's averaging 5.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in 28.6 minutes per game as Coach Jesse Fleming's top reserve.

RISING RHIANNA
Freshman guard Rhianna Council had the least time of any Bonnies player to adjust to the system of new head coach Jesse Fleming, joining the program just before classes began in late August. The North Carolina native has shown growth since the calendar turned over to 2017, registering perhaps her best two games back-to-back. Council produced career highs in points (8), field goals made (4) and rebounds (4) in 10 minutes off the bench last Sunday at Richmond, keeping the Bonnies close in the fourth quarter. Wednesday at Saint Louis, she matched her career high with four rebounds, sinking her only shot attempt in eight minutes of action.

SERIES HISTORY
Sunday will be the 37th meeting all-time between the Bonnies and Fordham and St. Bonaventure has been dominant at the Reilly Center, winning 13 of 17 games there. The teams split their season series a year ago with both teams defending home court. The Rams have won four of the past five meetings.

LAST MEETING
St. Bonaventure dropped a 77-68 decision at Rose Hill Gym on Feb. 24, 2016 - tying the most points by a Bonnies opponent a year ago. Mariah Ruff poured in 21 points along with seven rebounds while five Fordham players reached double-figure scoring.

ABOUT FORDHAM
The Rams enter Sunday's game undefeated in Atlantic 10 play at 5-0, scoring wins over Duquesne (64-51), Rhode Island (74-69), Davidson (85-72), George Mason (53-49) and Richmond (67-41). Fordham and St. Bonaventure have two common non-conference opponents - Albany (Fordham won in double OT, 82-82) and Buffalo (Fordham lost, 58-54). SBU also defeated Albany and lost to Buffalo.

Fordham is the top defense in the A-10 this season, allowing 56.8 points per game while Bona ranks fifth at 60.1 ppg allowed. Fordham is also second in the league in free throw percentage (74.5 percent), third in field goal percentage (40.9) and second in three point defense (opponents shoot 26.7 percent from long range). Selected sixth in the preseason Atlantic 10 Coaches Poll, the Rams returned four starters from last year's team (Danielle Burns, Hannah Missry, G'mrice Davis, Lauren Holden). Davis leads the team at 14.0 points and 12.5 rebounds per game while Burns adds 10.5 ppg and Missry has hit an A-10 best 44 three-pointers. 

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