The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team will be in action at the Reilly Center for the first time as the Bonnies take on Alfred in an exhibition game. Friday will mark the only exhibition contest for Bona before the Brown and White opens the regular season Tuesday, Nov. 6 vs. Niagara. The game is part of a doubleheader with the men's basketball team.
Tickets for the Friday's exhibition are $7 for any seat and are good for both the women's and the men's game. The Bona men face Alfred as well with a scheduled tip time of 7:15 p.m. Call the SBU Ticket Office for details - (716) 375-2500.
Senior Mckenna Maycock leads the charge for the Bonnies in the third year of the Jesse Fleming Era. The guard followed up on a breakout sophomore campaign by averaging 11.6 points per game while shooting 47.6 percent from 3-point range – tops in the Atlantic 10 a season ago despite being limited to 21 games due to an injury that cost her several games in mid-season.
Joining Maycock in the backcourt is junior Danielle Migliore, who exploded in her sophomore season jumping from 1.7 points on eight minutes per game her freshman season to 10.3 points on 32 minutes per contest. She became a very effective 3-point shooter as well, shooting 34 percent from long range while sinking 66 total threes on 192 attempts. Also returning is last year's standout freshman Emily Calabrese who became the first Bona freshman in recent memory to start all 30 games while averaging 6.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in the post.
After an injury cost her all but eight games last year, redshirt junior Bree Paulson returns to provide another weapon from beyond the arc. In her limited action, she shot 37 percent from three (18–49), and in her two seasons at Western Nebraska Community College prior to St. Bonaventure, shot 39 percent while averaging 9.7 points per game. Abigail Johnson is also returning after being limited to eight games. She was a force on the boards during her time on the floor, averaging 7.5 rebounds per game.
An influx of freshmen and transfers add to the Bonnies talented core already in place. Amanda Oliver was a star at Florida Southwestern State College the past two seasons, earning all-conference honors in back-to-back seasons while averaging 6.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore. Her contributions helped lead her team to a top 20 junior college national ranking and 26-6 overall record.
Also, joining the roster is transfer guard Claudia Del Moral, who spent her previous two seasons at Lamar CC and Jacksonville CC. At Lamar last season, she averaged 10.2 points and 4.1 assists per game. Another addition is Dajah Logan, who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules after coming from the College of Charleston. There, she started 27 games while averaging 7.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.
The Bonnies added three new freshmen, Asianae Johnson, Deja Francis and Carrie Jornlin. Johnson scored over 1,400 points during her prep career, averaging 19 points per game at Grand St. Campus in Brooklyn. Francis was an all-around force last season at Murry Bergtraum, averaging 15 points, six rebounds and two assists last season. Jornlin was a member of the 2015-2016 Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association state championship team and averaged 16 points, eight rebounds, five blocks and two assists per game in AAU play.
The Saxons play in NCAA Division III and are a member of the Empire 8 conference. Last season, Alfred finished 2-23. The Saxons return leading scorer Jamie Wilcox, who averaged 12 points and five rebounds per game last season. Down low, junior forward Bri Hicks averaged 9.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while leading the team with 22 blocks.
They are led by head coach Mike Moskowitz who took over the team in April of 2018. Before Alfred, he was an assistant coach for three years at SUNY New Paltz. There, his teams were 58-26 and two-time conference tournament champions.
This is the second meeting ever between the two schools with the Bonnies winning the only previous meeting.
The regular season kicks off on the road on Nov. 6, when the Bonnies travel to Little Three rival Niagara at 7:00 p.m.
Season tickets for St. Bonaventure women's basketball games are now on sale for just $50. To order, call the SBU Ticket Office at (716) 375-2500 or visit GoBonnies.com/Tickets.
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