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The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team travels to Philadelphia this weekend to face a surging Saint Joseph's squad that sits in a tie for fifth in the Atlantic 10 standings while the Bonnies, on a three-game win streak of their own, have moved into a tie for the eighth spot.
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- Junior Mariah Ruff was named to the Atlantic 10 Weekly Honor Roll after averaging 15.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in a pair of wins last week. She filled the stat sheet with 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists last Thursday at UMass before finishing with 13 points, five assists and four rebounds in Saturday's victory over Duquesne. Ruff surpassed 800 career points in Wednesday's win against Davidson (808).
- Freshman Jalisha Terry also was picked to the A-10 Honor Roll after averaging 9.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists last week. Terry has played veteran minutes this year – since joining the starting lineup Nov. 19 at Delaware, she has played 30+ minutes in all but three games including 35 or more minutes seven times.
- Opponents are shooting 36.0 percent for the season against the Bonaventure defense, ranking second in the league behind only George Washington (35.4%) and 32nd in the nation. Bona also is second in the A-10 in points allowed, giving up just 58.4 ppg.
- The Bonnies had a season-best 29 points off turnovers in Wednesday's win over Davidson.
- St. Bonaventure will try for its second straight road win after getting its first true road victory of the year last Thursday at UMass. Bona is 6-4 at home, averaging 60.1 ppg and shooting 42% from the floor. The Bonnies are 1-8 and averaging 49.2 ppg and shooting 35% on the road.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
- The Bonnies have trailed for just 1:25 of game time during their three-game winning streak.
- Two Bonnies youngsters have shown marked improvement in the last two weeks: Over the last five games, freshman Jalisha Terry is averaging 10.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists. Sophomore Mckenna Maycock is registering 9.6 points and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 53 percent (19-36) from the floor during that five-game stretch. Maycock has registered double-figure scoring in back-to-back games for the first time in her collegiate career.
- Bona is 6-1 this season and 53-12 since the 2013-14 season when scoring 60 or more points.
- The Bonnies average six steals per game for the year, but have nine or more in each of the last three games including 11 vs. Davidson Wednesday.
- Bona has won the battle of the boards in three straight games, a first this year. The Bonnies were +16 in rebounding at UMass last Thursday, their best rebounding margin since being +22 in a win over James Madison on Dec. 7, 2015, then +6 last Saturday vs. Duquesne and +4 Wednesday vs. Davidson.
- St. Bonaventure is seeking its first four-game Atlantic 10 winning streak since starting the conference schedule 6-0 last season.
The Hawks have controlled the all-time series between the schools, winning 38 of the 51 all-time meetings. In the early days of the series, it was all Saint Joseph's as the Hawks won the first 10 meetings from 1987 to 1991, and later ran off a string of 18 straight wins from 1995 to 2003. In recent years, however, the Bonnies have had much better luck, winning seven of the last 11 meetings. The Bonnies are seeking their first win at Hawk Hill since Jan. 26, 2011 – a 51-40 triumph.
Eleven members of the Bonnies roster scored in a convincing 65-51 victory at the Reilly Center on Jan. 27, 2016 in last year's game. Mariah Ruff had eight points and five assists as the Bonnies never trailed past the 2:00 mark of the first quarter after a 15-3 run. Imani Outlaw had seven points, three rebounds and three steals as the Bonnies shot 49 percent from the floor and the Hawks were at 36 percent. Chelsea Woods had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Ciara Andrews scored 11 points.
ABOUT SAINT JOSEPH'S
The Hawks rank seventh in the A-10 in offense at 63.1 points per game and seventh in defense, surrendering 61.7 ppg. SJU is second in the league, hitting 40.3 percent of its field goal attempts on the year and its shot selection from long range has been solid as well as the Hawks shoot an A-10 best 36 percent from 3.
Chelsea Woods paces the offense with 14.0 ppg, standing eighth in the league and Adashia Franklyn is ninth in rebounding (7.9 rpg), also shooting just under 50 percent from the floor. SJU went just 3-9 in non-conference play, but has turned the tables in conference play at 5-3. The Hawks handed Fordham, then 6-0, its first A-10 loss and nearly knocked off A-10 front runners Dayton (lost, 64-59 in OT) and GW (lost, 53-44). They handled Rhode Island Wednesday morning on the road, 75-49 behind 18 points by Amanda Fioravanti and 19 from Woods off the bench in just 16 minutes.
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