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Women's Basketball Finishes Non-Conference Play at Cornell

Women's Basketball Finishes Non-Conference Play at Cornell

Ithaca, N.Y. 
Monday, Dec. 31 - 1:00 p.m.
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BONNIES CLOSE NON-CONFERENCE PLAY AT CORNELL: The Bonnies wrap up their 13-game non-conference schedule on the road for a New Year's Eve matinee contest at Cornell and the first meeting between the Bonnies and Big Red in a decade. 
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 (at Buffalo, RPI 64; vs. Ohio, 72; at Penn State, 107; at Georgia, 146) as well as a home date vs. RPI 46 Bucknell. Three Bonnies foes - Buffalo (No. 6), Ohio (No. 8), Bucknell (No. 9) - are also currently in the Mid-Major Top 25. 
BONNIES VS. THE IVY: St. Bonaventure is 10-9 all-time against members of the Ivy League, with 12 of those 20 games coming against Cornell. The Bonnies have also faced Brown (2-0), Columbia (1-1), Princeton (0-1) and Yale (1-1). 
MAYCOCK AMONG A-10 LEADERS: Bonaventure senior Mckenna Maycock is a player to watch in any Bonnies game. She ranks among the Atlantic 10 leaders in a variety of categories: Assist-to-turnover ratio (second, 1.7); assists (third, 4.2 apg); 3-point field goal percentage (fourth, 38.7 percent) and steals (15th, 1.5 spg). Her 10 assists in the season-opening win at Niagara are the most by any Atlantic 10 player this season. 
A LOOK AHEAD: The start to Atlantic 10 play will be a challenging road for the Bonnies beginning next week. St. Bonaventure opens its A-10 slate by hosting preseason conference favorite Duquesne on Saturday afternoon, then travels to play on the road at Saint Joseph's and George Mason which were picked fifth and eighth respectively in the preseason A-10 coaches poll. 
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 (34.5%) and are third in 3s made (78). 

APPROACHING MILESTONES: With nine points Monday, redshirt junior Bree Paulson would reach 700 for her collegiate career including the 581 she posted in two seasons at Western Nebraska CC. Fellow redshirt junior Dajah Logan, meawhile, needs just three points to reach 500 for her collegiate career including 378 scored in two seasons at College of Charleston.
OLIVER'S BOARD WORK: Junior Amanda Oliver has made an impact on the boards in her first season with the Bonnies. The transfer from Florida Southwestern junior college ranks 12th in the Atlantic 10 at 5.9 rebounds per game.
  • This will mark the 13th meeting all-time between the Bonnies and Big Red, but it has been almost exactly 10 years since the two teams last faced off.
  • The last time these teams met was Dec. 22, 2008 when the Bonnies came away with a dominating 70-49 win at the Reilly Center. That was the start of a memorable season that saw the Bonnies win 23 games, then the program record, and reach the national postseason for the first time when St. Bonaventure reached the quarterfinals of the WNIT. Current head coach Jesse Fleming was an assistant coach on the staff that season.
  • St. Bonaventure and Cornell met in three straight seasons from 2006-08 and the Bonnies also won the last meeting in Ithaca, 69-61, on Jan. 4, 2008. 
  • The Big Red was picked eighth in the eight-team Ivy League preseason coaches poll after going 7-20 including a 3-10 conference record last season. A year ago, though, Cornell was one of the nation's youngest teams and brought back 75 percent of its scoring and rebounding this season.
  • Head coach Dayna Smith, in her 17th season at the helm, ranks fourth all-time in years on the bench in the Ivy League.
  • Junior forward Laura Bagwell-Katalinich leads the way at 13.2 points per game, adding 7.6 rebounds. Fellow junior Samantha Widmann also adds a scoring threat by averaging 11.8 points along with 6.4 rebounds per game. 

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