St. Bonaventure looks to maintain momentum after a strong start to the season with a 76-48 win at Niagara Tuesday night. The Bonnies face a tall task on Friday evening as they travel to the Peach State for a meeting at No. 14/13 Georgia.
BONA VS. GEORGIA - SERIES HISTORY
- St. Bonaventure and Georgia have met in the sport of women's basketball just one time - Nov. 23, 2012 in New Mexico for the New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament. Then No. 8/9 Georgia claimed a 84-48 win at the famed UNM arena known as "The Pit," using an 18-3 run late in the first half to take control.
- For the Bonnies that night, they were boasting many young players who would go on to become stars for the program. St. Bonaventure was fresh off an appearance in the 2012 Sweet 16, but the core of that team had graduated, leaving six freshmen on the roster. Then-frosh Emily Michael, Nyla Rueter, Katie Healy and Kelcie Rombach would go on to become the core of Bona's next NCAA Tournament team, reaching the Second Round of NCAAs as seniors in 2016. Michael became the team's institution at point guard while Healy and Rueter rank fourth and 16th in the program's all-time scoring list respectively while Healy also owns the program blocks record and is third in Bona rebounding. Two of those players are now on coaching staffs - Rombach is an assistant at Dartmouth while Healy is in her first year as video coordinator at Loyola Chicago after two years playing professionally in Greece. Rueter is now a member of the Bonnies' strength and conditioning staff.
- St. Bonaventure will play its first nationally ranked foe since the 2016 NCAA Tournament. That year, Bona fell in the second round at No. 6 Oregon State, 69-40.
- Bona's last win over a Top 25 team was Nov. 12, 2011 at No. 25/rv St. John's, 64-58, in the season-opener of a year that saw the Bonnies reach the Sweet 16. The highest ranked opponent the Bonnies have ever defeated was No. 13/14 George Washington, 63-60, at home on Feb. 6, 2008. The following season, the Bonnies won at home vs. No. 21/24 Michigan State as well on Dec. 7, 2008.
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