The final game of the regular season will determine seeding and matchups for the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament this weekend, but the Bonnies still will not know at the end of Tuesday's game where and when they will play in the first round:
- A Bonnies win at Duquesne OR a Davidson loss at VCU would lock St. Bonaventure into the No. 11 seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. SBU and Davidson enter the final game at 4-11 in A-10 play, but the Bonnies would own the head-to-head tiebreaker via a 70-51 win over the Wildcats last month.
- St. Bonaventure can fall no further than 12th in the standings. UMass (3-12) and Rhode Island (1-14) can't pass the Bonnies. Rhode Island is locked into the No. 14 seed while UMass is locked into No. 13.
- As an 11 seed, the Bonnies would travel to the No. 6 seed. As a 12 seed, they would need to travel to the No. 5. Entering the final games, Fordham is fifth at 10-5 while La Salle is sixth at 9-6.
- While Davidson plays Tuesday, Fordham and La Salle do not play until Wednesday - against each other in Philadelphia. That game could well decide where the Bonnies will play in the A-10 Tournament First Round.
- Saint Joseph's, currently fourth at 11-4, remains in the mix of who could host SBU, though the Hawks host George Mason (6-9) on Tuesday.
- Should the Bonnies play at Saint Joseph's, it would be Saturday at 2:00 p.m.; at La Salle, tip would be Saturday at 1 p.m. and a Fordham host site game would be Sunday at 2 p.m.
BONA VS. DUQUESNE - SERIES HISTORY
Tuesday is the 55th meeting between St. Bonaventure and Duquesne all-time with the Dukes leading the series, 34-20. Duquesne won 10 straight meetings from 2001-07, but the Bonnies had a run of better success in recent years including winning four of six games between 2011 and 2014. Last year, the teams split their home-and-home series with each team defending home court.
Five Bonnies scored in double figures and the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team led nearly wire-to-wire in a convincing victory over Duquesne, 69-56, Jan. 21 at the Reilly Center. Sophomore Mckenna Maycock led all scorers with a career high 14 points, adding five rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench. Graduate student Gabby Richmond tallied a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds while junior Matea Britvar narrowly missed one of her own with 12 points and nine boards. Junior Mariah Ruff posted 13 points and five assists while freshman Jalisha Terry completed the quintet of double-figure scorers with 12 points and six rebounds.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
- Mariah Ruff has tallied double figure points in a team-high 22 games this season. She needs two more points for 900 in her career.
- Gabby Richmond enters Tuesday's game with 84 career blocks as she took over sole possession of third place in program history this past Saturday.
- Mckenna Maycock has scored in double figures in each of the past two games (11 points at GW, 12 points vs. VCU) and is trying to post double-figure scoring efforts in three straight games for the second time this year (previously Jan. 21 - 29). Maycock had a career high 14 points vs. Duquesne in the first meeting of the season.
- Richmond now ranks 13th among all A-10 players in rebounding (7.1 rpg), 20th in scoring (11.9 ppg), ninth in field goal percentage (46.4%), 15th in free throw percentage (74.3%) and ninth in blocks (1.2 bpg).
- Rhianna Council has tallied career high minutes in each of the past two games - 22 minutes at GW, then 28 minutes vs. VCU.
- Jalisha Terry had a 23-game streak of scoring points snapped Wednesday at GW, but responded by the leading the Bonnies with 13 points Saturday vs. VCU. Terry led the Bonnies in scoring for the third time in her young career and her 13 points were her most since also netting 13 at Saint Louis on Jan. 11.
- St. Bonaventure allowed a season-high 77 points Saturday vs. VCU, just the sixth time this season that the Bonnies have allowed 70 or more points in a game this year.
- Mariah Ruff did not have an assist Saturday vs. VCU, just the second game this year that the junior has not handed out at least one assist.
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