Bonnies Start Road Trip at George Mason Thursday

The Bonnies will play twice on the road this week. (Photo: Vic Ozogar)
The Bonnies will play twice on the road this week. (Photo: Vic Ozogar)

ST. BONAVENTURE at GEORGE MASON
Thursday, Jan. 10 - 7:00 p.m.
Fairfax, Va.
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BONNIES AIM TO SHAKE MASON JINX: St. Bonaventure heads to George Mason Thursday night for the first road Atlantic 10 game of the year, and the first of two conference contests away from Western New York this week with a trip to Saint Joseph's coming Sunday. The Bonnies have never won at George Mason and look to snap a four-game skid vs. the Patriots overall. 
 
FRANCIS ON A-10 HONOR ROLL: Bonnies freshman Deja Francis earned a spot on this week's Atlantic 10 weekly Honor Roll for her efforts last week. In a pair of games, she averaged 17.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists and shot 48 percent from the floor. Saturday vs. Duquesne in her first career A-10 game, she matched her career high of 20 points and also had a career-best eight made field goals, adding four assists and five rebounds. It was her sixth career double figure scoring effort and Thursday she will try to tally three straight games of double figure scoring for the first time in her Bonaventure career. 
 
ATLANTIC 10 PLAY UNDERWAY: In the Atlantic 10 portion of the schedule, teams will face each other once apiece while every team plays three opponents twice as part of a 16-game slate. St. Bonaventure will play Duquesne, George Mason and Rhode Island twice this season - the second consecutive year of having those three teams in home-and-home series.
 
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: St. Bonaventure will look for its first win in an A-10 road opener since 2016 when the Bonnies dropped Rhode Island, 69-56. SBU dropped contests at George Mason and at Saint Louis in the first A-10 road action of the year the past two seasons.
 
FAMILIAR FOES: The Bonnies played George Mason more than any other team last year - three times. In those three games, Mckenna Maycock averaged 13.7 points and shot 51.7 percent (14-for-27) from the floor including 61.1 percent from distance (11-for-18). Danielle Migliore averaged 9.7 points and 6.0 rebounds as well. 
 
MILESTONE WATCH: Redshirt junior Dajah Logan reached 500 career points with a three to start the scoring vs. Duquesne Jan. 5. That total includes her one season so far with the Bonnies as well as 378 points scored in two seasons at the College of Charleston. Fellow redshirt junior Bree Paulson enters Thursday needing five points to get to 700 for her collegiate career.
 
FACILITATING MCKENNA: Senior Mckenna Maycock leads the Bonnies this season with nearly four assists per game. Looking at the season metrics, her numbers are more impressive - she has assisted over 26 percent of the Bonnies' made field goals while on the court during her eight games of action. For the year, Maycock ranks ninth in the A-10 in assists per game (3.6).
 
DEJA TRUE: Freshman Deja Francis now ranks second on the roster with 10.1 points per game. Among starters, she leads the team in true shooting percentage, where she stands at 51 percent for the year accounting for field goals, 3-point goals and free throws. Only Amanda Oliver (54.5 percent) has a better true shooting percentage for the season.
BONNIES VS. GEORGE MASON -  SERIES HISTORY
  • St. Bonaventure seeks its first-ever win in Fairfax in the sport of women's basketball as the Patriots have taken all four match-ups at EagleBank Arena, including two games last season.
  • The Bonnies and Patriots met three times last season - and George Mason took all three meetings including a game in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. In that game, Mason scored an 89-79 victory behind 20 points and 19 rebounds from Natalie Butler. Mariah Ruff netted 30 points while Danielle Migliore (16 points) and Mckenna Maycock (15) each were in double-figure scoring for the Bonnies as well.
  • Bona's last win over the Patriots came on Jan. 16, 2016 at the Reilly Center - 70-55.
  • St. Bonaventure's closest effort in Fairfax came on Dec. 31, 2016 when the Bonnies opened the 2016-17 Atlantic 10 slate with a 52-49 heartbreaker vs. Mason.
  • The road team has won just once in the seven games during the series - Mason's 76-63 win at The RC last January. 
ABOUT GEORGE MASON
  • George Mason was selected eighth in the Atlantic 10 preseason coaches' poll after going 24-10 with an 11-5 record in Atlantic 10 play a year ago.
  • Gone is last year's Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Natalie Butler who transferred from UConn for her final season of eligibility and made a huge splash with her imposing 6-foot-5 frame. She averaged 18.7 points and led the nation in rebounding at 16.4 rpg during the regular season including a stretch of 31 consecutive double-doubles. Against the Bonnies, she averaged 21.7 ppg and 19.7 rpg in three games.
  • Back is last year's A-10 Rookie of the Year Nicole Cardano-Hillary. The guard leads the A-10 at 19.7 ppg this season after finishing third in the league in scoring (17.9 ppg) last year.
  • As a team, Mason shoots nearly 41 percent from the floor, ranking third in the A-10. 

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