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Bonnies Travel To No. 14/13 Georgia Friday Night

Bonnies Travel To No. 14/13 Georgia Friday Night

ST. BONAVENTURE at #14/13 GEORGIA
Friday, Nov. 9 - 6:00 p.m.
Athens, Ga.
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TV: SEC+
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STORYLINE
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.

BONNIES OPEN '18-19 WITH WIN AT NIAGARA: St. Bonaventure opened the season in convincing fashion, winning at rival Niagara on Tuesday night in a 76-48 final. A 25-3 run from the Bonnies between the first and second quarters set the tone for a 45-15 halftime lead and a 52-17 advantage early in the third. All 10 players to see action scored for the Brown and White including four in double figures - Asianae Johnson (13 pts), Mckenna Maycock (10), Emily Calabrese (10) and Amanda Oliver (10). Maycock finished with a career best 10 assists as well as seven rebounds. It was the largest win for the Bonnies since defeating Saint Louis at home, 80-59, on Feb. 10, 2016. 
 
BONNIES VS. POWER CONFERENCE FOES: Since the 2011-12 season, St. Bonaventure has scored nine wins over power conference opponents.
 
WELCOME BACK: Fans at Bonnies games this season will likely need to make good use of the program – at least early in the campaign. Five players return to the active roster this year after seeing time a year ago – but of those returners, only senior Mckenna Maycock (76 career games), junior Danielle Migliore (50 career games) and sophomore Emily Calabrese (started all 30 games last year) have seen extensive playing time. Also returning are redshirt junior Bree Paulson and sophomore Abigail Johnson who were each limited to eight games apiece last year due to injury. Redshirt junior Dajah Logan, a transfer from the College of Charleston, was with the program a year ago but will be seeing her first on-court action in Brown and White due to NCAA transfer rules. Bona will be without the services of senior Arielle Harvey who will miss the season due to a health matter.
 
WHO'S NEW: A lot is new when it comes to the Bonnies roster. The team welcomes a pair of true freshmen in the backcourt – Asianae Johnson and Deja Francis – and a third freshman, Carrie Jornlin will see minutes in the post. Two junior college transfers in Amanda Oliver and Claudia Del Moral round out the newcomers.
 
MAYCOCK THE SENIOR: The lone senior on the active roster is hometown product Mckenna Maycock who has become one of the stars of the conference after showing dramatic improvement in each of her seasons with the program. She was clearly the breakout star story in the Atlantic 10 through the first month and a half of last year, averaging 13.6 points and 8.4 rebounds in the opening 10 games of the year before suffering a knee injury that cost her several games and left her less than 100 percent and sporting a brace for the rest of the season. She posted a career high 23 points in a December win over Penn State in the game before suffering her injury vs. Buffalo and had become the first Bonnies player to score at least 20 points in the program's first 10 games of a season since 2008, joining the company of Dana Mitchell – the only player to have her number retired in program history. Also a standout in the classroom, she's a back-to-back selection to both the Atlantic 10 and CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, sporting a 3.98 GPA while graduating a year early in Accounting. She is currently taking courses toward her MBA.

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. 
BONNIES VS. NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS
  • 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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