St. Bonaventure renews its longest-running rivalry by beginning the 2018-19 season at Little Three rival Niagara Tuesday night. The 62nd installment of the series features the dawning of a new era of sorts for the Bonnies as they welcome six new players to the roster who will suit up in the Brown and White for the first time. Tuesday's game is the first of two contests during the opening week of the season as the Bonnies will then make the trip to play at No. 14/13 Georgia on Friday night.
- St. Bonaventure leads the all-time series, 37-24, and has won nine of the past 10 against Niagara. The Niagara series is the longest running in St. Bonaventure women's basketball history as Tuesday will mark the 62nd meeting.
- St. Bonaventure's only loss to Niagara in the past 10 years came in the 2016-17 season-opener, the last time the Little Three rivals met at the Gallagher Center.
- Niagara claimed a convincing 65-43 victory on Nov. 11, 2016 in the last meeting at NU.
- After last year's win, 76-58, the Bonnies own a 26-4 record over the Purple Eagles at the Reilly Center, but are just 11-19 in true road games during the course of the series.
- The two teams have opened the season against each other now in three consecutive years.
- The Bonnies have won 20 of the past 24 meetings in the series since 1995. Niagara owned the early years, winning 13 of 16 games between 1973-1981.
- Last season's meeting was a tale of two very different halves. Niagara led at halftime by 17 points, but that soon changed as the Bonnies went on a 34-4 blitz, starting with a 6-0 break to end the first half, to roar ahead. In the third quarter alone, the Bonnies outscored Niagara by a 34-8 margin. Danielle Migliore, making her first career start, led all scorers with 21 points including five three-pointers. Bree Paulson poured in 11 points while Mckenna Maycock had seven points and seven rebounds as the Bonnies shot 51 percent from the floor and drained 11 3s.