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Bonnies at Bulls Sunday

Bonnies at Bulls Sunday

ST. BONAVENTURE at BUFFALO
Sunday, Dec. 23 - 2:30 p.m.
Amherst, N.Y.
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TV: ESPN+ | Radio: WGWE 105.9 FM
Complete Game Notes (PDF)

BONNIES RETURN TO ACTION: After playing three games in a five-day stretch between Dec. 5-9, the Bonnies were off last week for finals. St. Bonaventure returned to action Monday night vs. Kent State in the first of three remaining non-conference games with Monday marking the non-conference home finale. The Bonnies wrap up the non-conference slate at Buffalo on Sunday and at Cornell on New Year's Eve afternoon. 
 
BONNIES VS. BUFFALO -  SERIES HISTORY
  • This will mark the 27th meeting all-time between the Bonnies and Bulls.
  • The series has become a holiday season staple. The last nine meetings have taken place during the month of December.
  • St. Bonaventure and Buffalo met every year from 1974-75 through 1984-85, but the series went on hiatus for seven years and then took another eight years off after one game in 1992. The teams renewed the rivalry in 2008, though, and have met every year since.
  • Last year's game was a costly one for the Bonnies. SBU was down just 41-38 at halftime, but a 13-2 run in the third quarter paved the way for a 76-59 win for the Bulls. Fresh off a 23-point effort in a win over Penn State, Mckenna Maycock went down after just seven minutes with a knee injury that would cost her over a month and leave her less than 100 percent the rest of the year. Danielle Migliore was a bright spot, posting her first career double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds). 
ABOUT BUFFALO
  • Fresh off a run to last year's Sweet 16, the Bulls were named the MAC East preseason favorites after returning nine players from the team that won 29 games last season.
  • Senior Cierra Dillard, the preseason Big 4 Player of the Year, was one of 35 players to be named to the Wade Trophy National Player of the Year watch list last month. She hasn't disappointed, leading the nation at 25.8 points per game this season. Courtney Wilkins (14.5 ppg) and Theresa Onwuka (10.8 ppg) are also scoring threats while Dillard (5.8 rpg) and Brittany Morrison (5.4 rpg) pace the Bulls on the boards.
WELCOME BACK, MCKENNA: Senior Mckenna Maycock made her return to action Dec. 5 at Akron, appearing for the first time in nearly a month. Maycock suffered an injury in the season-opening game Nov. 6 at Niagara and missed the following six games. She's showed little rust since returning, averaging 12.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 32.8 minutes per contest.
 
MAKING HER PRESENCE FELT: The return of Maycock has made a huge impact in the Bonnies since coming back to the lineup Dec. 5. In the six games without Maycock, the Bonnies shot 36.6 percent from the floor and 27.0 percent from beyond the arc. In five games with Maycock, the Bonnies are shooting 44.2 percent overall including 46.2 percent from long range. 
 
MONDAY MEMORIES: In St. Bonaventure's outing vs. Kent State Monday, two individual performances stood out. Maycock was just two points off her career high in scoring, netting a game-high 21 points. That represents her best scoring output since a knee injury last December vs. Buffalo that cost her a month of action and left her at less than 100 percent the rest of the season. Teammate Dajah Logan shined as well, posting a career-best 18 points and tacking on a season-high seven rebounds. 
 
NON-CONFERENCE TESTS: St. Bonaventure will enter the Atlantic 10 portion of the schedule next month well tested after having faced a challenging non-conference slate. The Bonnies have played five RPI Top 150 teams, with four being on road or neutral floors (vs. Ohio, RPI 72; Denver, 104; at Penn State, 105 and at Georgia, 134) as well as a home date vs. RPI 41 Bucknell. Buffalo sits at 69 in the current RPI (Dec. 19). Three previous Bonnies foes - Bucknell (No. 10), Ohio (No. 15) and Denver (No. 21) - rank in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 while Sunday's opponent, Buffalo, is at No. 6. 

THREE-POINT PROWESS: The Bonnies have been proficient beyond the arc this year. One season removed from setting the program record for 3s (241), the Bonnies this year lead the A-10 in 3-point percentage (35.8%) and are second in 3s made (73). Saint Louis is second in 3-point percentage at 32.9 percent and only Davidson has connected on more shots from long range, 84.

1, 2, 3 ... WE WANT FOUR: Redshirt junior Dajah Logan enters the Buffalo game on a roll. She has registered three straight games in double-figure scoring including setting her career high in scoring twice. She tied her career best, previously set two years ago at College of Charleston, with 15 points in a win over Siena Dec. 7, then bested that with 18 points in Monday's game vs. Kent State. Over the last three games, she's averaging 15.3 ppg while shooting 53 percent from the floor (16-for-30) and 67 percent from beyond the arc (10-for-15). Five points Sunday at UB would give Logan 500 for her collegiate career (third season).
 
21 FOR NO. 10: Mckenna Maycock's 21 points in Monday's game vs. Kent State were two away from her career high and also the most points scored by any Bonnies player this season. Deja Francis had 20 vs. Siena Dec. 7. For Maycock, it marked her fifth career 20-point effort. 
 
THREE GOGGLES: St. Bonaventure enters the Buffalo game having hit at least nine 3-pointers in each of the past three games - 12 vs. Siena and nine each vs. Penn State and Kent State.
 
ANOTHER CAREER BEST: Freshman guard Asianae Johnson handed out a career high four assists Monday vs. Kent State.
 
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