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@BonniesWBB Takes On La Salle in Pink Game Tuesday

@BonniesWBB Takes On La Salle in Pink Game Tuesday

ST. BONAVENTURE vs. LA SALLE
Tuesday, Feb. 7 - 7:00 p.m.
Reilly Center
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QUICK HITS
-- Tuesday marks St. Bonaventure's annual Pink Game. All survivors' family members will also receive $3 admission. In addition, all cancer survivors and their family members are invited to the Hall of Fame Room for a reception presented by Olean General Hospital between 6 – 7 p.m. The first 200 fans in attendance will receive a pink rally towel courtesy of OGH. St. Bonaventure will donate $2 of every ticket sold and $5 from every Pink Game T-shirt sold to go toward radiation machine upgrades at OGH.

-- Saturday at Fordham, graduate forward Gabby Richmond tallied her fifth double-double of the season (10 points, 10 rebounds) and sixth of her career. It was the sixth time this year she's recorded double-figure rebounds and ninth time during her career. She also recorded her 80th career block, fourth all-time. She's three away from Donna Diota's 83 from 1979-83.

-- Fordham shot 37.7 percent against the Bona defense on Saturday, marking the 15th time this season an opponent has shot under 38 percent from the floor, including the past five games.

-- Junior Mariah Ruff scored in double figures for the 18th time this season Saturday at Fordham. She and Gabby Richmond are tied for the Bonnies active career lead, each scoring in double figures 42 times in Brown and White. 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • Holding opponents under 40 percent field goal shooting is key - Bona is 1-10 when opponents shoot 40 percent or better from the floor.
  • Sophomore Mckenna Maycock has averaged 9.9 ppg and is shooting a team-best 56.5 percent from the floor (26-46) over the last seven games. During that span she has scored 69 of Bona's 83 total bench points (83 percent). Maycock also is a team best 72.7 percent shooter (8-11) during the final five minutes of games.
  • St. Bonaventure went 0-for-9 from long range Jan. 29 at Saint Joseph's, the first time the Bonnies failed to hit a three-pointer since Jan. 24, 2015 (a span of 64 games) - also at Saint Joseph's when the Bonnies also went 0-for-9 from deep. St. Bona then went 4-of-16 from long range Saturday at Fordham.
  • St. Bonaventure has led for at least 31 minutes in eight of its nine wins this year and trailed for six minutes of less in eight of nine wins as well. Bonaventure has won seven of its nine games after leading for 35+ minutes. St. Bonaventure trailed for 16:09 of game time and led for 21 minutes in the Dec. 28 win over Rhode Island. 
  • St. Bonaventure ranks top three in the Atlantic 10 in both scoring defense (58.8 ppg allowed, third) and field goal percentage defense (opponents are shooting 36.0 percent, second).

SERIES HISTORY
Tuesday is the 28th meeting all-time between the Bonnies and La Salle with St. Bonaventure leading, 15-12. The Bonnies had won eight straight meetings between 2008 and 2014, but the Explorers took two of three before St. Bonaventure came away with a 70-63 win in Philadelphia last year. La Salle won the last meeting at the Reilly Center, however, 66-53 on Feb. 25, 2015. 

LAST MEETING
Katie Healy scored a team-high 22 points in a 70-63 win last year at La Salle on Feb. 20, 2016. Mariah Ruff hit multiple big shots down the stretch to ice the win, finishing with 13 points and four assists. Though just 5-22 at the time, the Explorers fought hard throughout, pulling to within 66-63 with 1:24 left before Nyla Rueter sank two shots at the line and Amy Griffin missed a layup on the other end. Griffin, the A-10's leading scorer entering the game, went scoreless in the first half, ultimately finishing with 13 points, seven of which came at the line. Micahya Owens tallied a game-high 24 points for La Salle. 

ABOUT LA SALLE
While last season was a disappointing one for the Explorers, finishing 5-25 overall and 2-14 in A-10 play, and not much was expected after being selected 12th in the A-10 Preseason Coaches Poll, La Salle has proved doubters wrong in 2016-17. The Explorers remain in the hunt for a first round bye in the A-10 Tournament and almost certainly will host a game should they not gain a top two seed, entering Tuesday with a 7-4 conference record. La Salle beat A-10 frontrunner Dayton on the road, 54-51, in December and had won five straight before a 79-65 setback vs. GW at home on Saturday. La Salle ranks sixth in the league in scoring (63.0 ppg) and seventh in points allowed (61.0 ppg).

The Explorers lead the A-10 in blocks (5.8 per game) and are third in offensive rebounds (14.7 per game). Amy Griffin again leads the A-10 in scoring at 19.7 ppg, nearly a full point per game more than any other player, and averages 19 field goal attempts per game. Adreana Miller adds 10.0 ppg and Jasmine Alstine is third in the A-10 with 9.2 rebounds per contest.

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