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Bonnies Host Hawks Wednesday Night at Reilly Center

ST. BONAVENTURE vs. SAINT JOSEPH'S
Wednesday, Jan. 3 - 7:00 p.m.
Reilly Center
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BONNIES PLAY FIRST A-10 HOME GAMES BACK-TO-BACK: St. Bonaventure opens the 2018 portion of its schedule with the first of two home games inside the Reilly Center back-to-back, first hosting Saint Joseph's on Wednesday night. The Bonnies will look to avenge a loss to SJU on Hawk Hill last year and have won the last three meetings in Western New York. SBU will also host UMass Saturday morning in a special 11 a.m. start time on national TV (CBS Sports Network). 
 
HOME COOKING: The Bonnies have won their last four Atlantic 10 home openers: Last year vs. Rhode Island (78-69), 2016 vs. Fordham (55-41), 2015 vs. UMass (65-53) and 2014 vs. Richmond (55-43). The last time Bona dropped a conference home opener was Jan. 13, 2013 against Temple. 
 
DILLY DILLY FOR DANIELLE: Sophomore Danielle Migliore has become a leader for the Bonnies in her second season with the program. After receiving limited playing time during her freshman season, Migliore has started all 14 games thus far this season. In the last four games she is averaging 17.5 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the floor (24-for-48) and 51.7 percent from beyond the arc (15-for-29). During the past four contests, she has reached 20-plus points twice: A career high 23 points Dec. 21 at Hofstra and 21 points Sunday at Saint Louis. In all, she has posted seven games this year with three or more 3s. 
 
HARVEY'S THEFTS: Junior Arielle Harvey was active on the defensive end of the floor Sunday at Saint Louis, finishing with five steals. That total represents the most steals by any Bonnies player in nearly two years: Emily Michael also had five on Feb. 20, 2016 at La Salle. 
 
ADDING TO HER RESUME: Senior Mariah Ruff drained four 3-pointers in the Dec. 21 contest at Hofstra, the 10th game of her career where she has connected on four or more 3s. She needs two more assists to tie Priscilla Edwards for fifth in program history as well (354). 
 
ARC ACES: St. Bonaventure has been outstanding both offensively and defensively beyond the perimeter this season. The Bonnies not only rank second in the league in 3s made at 7.9 per game, but also lead the Atlantic 10 by limiting opponents to just 26.2 shooting from long range. Danielle Migliore stands fifth in the league with 2.5 3s per game.
 
JT THE STARTER: Sophomore Jalisha Terry has started the last two games after coming off the bench in each of the first 12 contests of the season. The Flint, Mich. native started 25 of 29 games as the team's point guard a season ago. 
 
TAKING CHARITY: Junior Arielle Harvey has made the most of her trips to the foul line this season - she ranks seventh in the Atlantic 10 by shooting 83.3 percent (30-for-36) from the line.
 
BONA VS. SAINT JOSEPH'S -  SERIES HISTORY
The Hawks have controlled the all-time series between the schools, winning 39 of the 52 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 12 meetings.
 
ABOUT SAINT JOSEPH'S
  • Saint Joseph's enters Wednesday's game with a 6-7 overall record and a 1-0 record in the Atlantic 10. The Hawks opened A-10 play by snapping a seven-game losing skid by defeating VCU, 79-41 on New Year's Eve. Saint Joseph's opened its 2017-18 season with a 5-0 record.
  • Head coach Cindy Griffin is in her 17th season at the helm for the Hawks. Griffin is the all-time leader in wins at Saint Joseph's, compiling a record of 290-213. She is only the eighth coach in Division I history to lead her alma mater to the NCAA Tournament as a player and coach.
  • Saint Joseph's is led by junior guard Sarah Veilleux, who is averaging 14. 1 points per game. Veilleux is shooting 55% from the floor and 48% from behind the three-point line. Senior forward Chelsea Woods contributes 13.3 points and 7.4 rebounds a game, while making 44% of her shots
  • Saint Joseph's 45% field goal percentage leads the A-10 and ranks 43rd in the NCAA. They ranked third in the A-10 in three-point percentage and 33rd in the NCAA. Veilleux leads the A-10 in individual field goal percentage and is 44th in the NCAA.

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