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SBU Plays Host To Hofstra at The RC Saturday Afternoon

SBU Plays Host To Hofstra at The RC Saturday Afternoon
ST. BONAVENTURE (2-1) vs. HOFSTRA (1-2)
Saturday, Nov. 17 - 2:00 p.m.
Reilly Center
Online Coverage: Live Stats | Live Audio | Live Video
TV: ESPN+ | Radio: WGWE 105.9 FM
Complete Game Notes (PDF)
 
STORYLINE: St. Bonaventure wraps up a two-game homestand this week by welcoming Hofstra to the Reilly Center for the first time since 1993. The Bonnies seek a 3-1 start to the season after winning two of their first three contests including a thrilling triple overtime victory vs. Canisius on Tuesday.
 
SATURDAY GIVEAWAY: The first 500 fans at Saturday's game will receive a free 2018-19 Bonnies women's basketball schedule magnet courtesy of Mazza Mechanical Services.
 
BONNIES MOVE TO 2-1 WITH THRILLER VS. CANISIUS: The Bonnies moved to 2-1 on the young season with an all-time classic at The RC this past Tuesday night. It took three overtimes, but the Bonnies scored a 100-94 victory over rival Canisius, and in so doing registered a Little Three rivalry season sweep for the ninth time in 12 seasons and first time since 2015-16 following a win at Niagara on Nov. 6. It was Bona's second-ever triple overtime contest and first as a Division I program - the only other was in the 1980-81 season, an 83-80 victory vs. Gannon. 
 
TUESDAY LEFTOVERS: Not surprisingly, Tuesday's triple overtime game brought with it many noteworthy stats:
• St. Bonaventure reached 100 points in a game for the first time since Jan. 8, 1994 in a 101-73 win at Iona. It was also the first time the Bonnies got to 90 points in a game since scoring 95 in a loss at Richmond on Feb. 17, 2002. Bona had not allowed 90 points in a game since a 92-86 setback at Saint Louis on Feb. 8, 2007.
• Tuesday was just the third game during the Jesse Fleming Era to go to overtime and was the first win for Fleming's squads in OT after two setbacks last year (at Canisius, at VCU).
Emily Calabrese recorded her first career double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) and was one point off her career high of 19 set last year vs. Rhode Island while her seven made field goals were a new career high.
Bree Paulson's 17 points are a career high with the Bonnies in her 11th game with the program. Paulson also connected on five of SBU's 12 3-pointers, another personal best.
• Five Bonnies scored in double figures. Along with Calabrese and Paulson, Danielle Migliore (19 points), Asianae Johnson (13) and Dajah Logan (12) all did so as well.
Amanda Oliver finished with eight rebounds, matching the total she had last Friday at No. 14/13 Georgia. Her 7.3 rebounds per game rank eighth among all Atlantic 10 players in the early going.
• Freshman Deja Francis tallied all nine of her points after regulation.
Claudia Del Moral handed out nine assists, tying her collegiate career high. She previously had nine handouts for Lamar CC against Garden City CC in November 2016.
• Tuesday's game is the only Division I women's basketball game to go to three overtimes so far on the season.
 
JOHNSON EARNS SPOT ON A-10 HONOR ROLL: A strong first week of play landed Bonnies freshman Asianae Johnson on the Atlantic 10 Weekly Honor Roll. The Brooklyn native led the Bonnies in scoring during their season-opening victory last week at Niagara, posting 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting. She followed that up with nine points at No. 14/13 Georgia in her second career game. Through three games, she's averaging 11.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in 32.7 minutes per game and is also 8-for-9 at the free throw line.
 
BONA VS. HOFSTRA -  SERIES HISTORY
  • Saturday's game is the second half of the first home-and-home series between the Bonnies and Pride. Hofstra defended home court last year, handing the Bonnies a heartbreaking 71-68 defeat in Hempstead last year.
  • Hofstra finished last year's game on a 19-5 run and erased what was an 18-point Bonaventure lead with 2:16 left in the third quarter.
  • Ashunae Durant delivered 20 points and seven rebounds while E'Lexus Davis had 15 points for Hofstra as the Pride forced 29 turnovers resulting in 35 points.
  • Danielle Migliore poured in a career-best 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting, adding six rebounds in 39 minutes for the Bonnies. Emily Calabrese finished with seven rebounds and two steals.
  • Prior to last year, the teams had met just once - a 92-69 victory for St. Bonaventure at the Reilly Center on Feb. 7, 1993.

WELCOME BACK: 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. 

GRAB A PROGRAM: Fans of the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team will need to grab a program at games this season to learn all the new numbers and names. In all, six players will suit up in games for the first time in Brown and White this season - Asianae Johnson (freshman), Deja Francis (freshman), Carrie Jornlin (freshman), Amanda Oliver (junior transfer),  Claudia Del Moral (junior transfer) and Dajah Logan (junior transfer). That's the most new players in a season for the Bonnies since the 2012-13 season when Bona also boasted six new players, all freshmen.

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