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Wednesday Morning Battle in Rhode Island Awaits Women's Basketball

ST. BONAVENTURE at RHODE ISLAND
Wednesday, Jan. 30 - 11:00 a.m.
Kingston, R.I.
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St. Bonaventure aims to make it back-to-back road conference victories when it travels to the Ocean State for a special Education Day a.m. tip off at Rhode Island Wednesday morning. The Bonnies are fresh off a win at UMass on Saturday that improved the team to 2-4 overall on the still young A-10 season.

HONOR ROLL BONNIES: St. Bonaventure had two players land on the Atlantic 10 Weekly Honor Roll this week after keying the victory Saturday at UMass. Mckenna Maycock and Asianae Johnson were each cited by the conference for their efforts - Maycock finished with 16 points and had the game-winning layup with 41 seconds to play. Johnson recorded 12 points, five rebounds and four assists and provided clutch free throws inside a minute to play that helped seal the 64-63 win.
 
THRILLER IN UMASS IMPROVES SBU IN A-10 PLAY: The Bonnies improved to 2-4 in Atlantic 10 action with their one-point victory Saturday. Not only was it an important win in the league standings, but it was the first one-point triumph for the program since a 58-57 win over Austin Peay in the UCF Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 26, 2016.
 
MAGIC NUMBERS: If a few numbers go the way of the Bonnies Wednesday, their chances of victory dramatically improve: The first is 40 percent. When the Bonnies shoot 40 percent or better from the floor, as they did Saturday at UMass, they are 5-4 on the year. When they shoot less than 40 percent, they've gone 0-10. The battle of the boards is key as well - SBU has won just once when losing the rebounding margin. Finally, spreading the offense around is also key - three players scored in double digits on Saturday (Mckenna Maycock and Dajah Logan each with 16 points and Asianae Johnson with 12) to improve the team's record to 5-3 when three players score 10 or more points.
 
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: St. Bonaventure scored its third road win of the season Saturday, giving the squad more wins on the road than at home. SBU has not finished a season with more road wins than RC triumphs since 2007-08 when the Bonnies won 10 times away from home.
 
TAKING CARE: During non-conference play, turnovers regularly haunted the Bonnies as they turned the ball over 19 times per game. The young roster has been much better at taking care of the ball in Atlantic 10 play, however: Through six conference games, the turnover average has dropped to 12.5 per game.
 
HELPING HAND: Freshman Deja Francis handed out seven assists in the Jan. 26 win at UMass, second only to a career high nine in Bona's win Jan. 10 at George Mason. During Atlantic 10 play, Francis ranks second among all conference players with 5.0 assists per game. Only Davidson's Katie Turner ranks higher at 5.3 apg. Her 1.3 assist-to-turnover ratio also ranks sixth in the league.
 
INJURY BUG: Junior Danielle Migliore and sophomore Abigail Johnson missed last Sunday's game due to injury. The Bonnies have not played a single game with their entire roster available since March 2016 and injured players have missed a combined 29 games this season. Both Migliore and Johnson returned to action Saturday at UMass, but freshman Carrie Jornlin continues to be sidelined by a leg injury suffered during non-conference play.
 
RALLY CAPS ON: St. Bonaventure erased a 14-point second half deficit in the Jan. 10 win at George Mason. Not only is that the largest deficit overcome in a Bonnies win this season, it also is the largest since coming back from a 17-point hole in the third quarter of last year's season-opener vs. Niagara. Bona played the rally game again in a win Jan. 26 at UMass, erasing an eight-point deficit with 1:26 to play in the third quarter.
 
GAME 90 ON TAP: Graduate student Mckenna Maycock is slated to play in her 90th career game Wednesday at Rhode Island.
 
FOUR FOR THREE: Redshirt junior Dajah Logan connected on four 3-pointers in the win at UMass on Jan. 26, going 4-for-6 from long distance. That ties her career high for treys, a total she has reached three times this year. Only the five 3-pointers from Bree Paulson in a triple overtime win over Canisius on Nov. 13 are a higher total of long range shots by a Bonnies player this season.
 
BONNIES VS. RHODE ISLAND -  SERIES HISTORY
  • Wednesday will be the 54th meeting all-time between St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island in the long standing Atlantic 10 rivals. The Bonnies have won 11 straight games over the Rams and own a 30-23 all-time series lead.
  • The Bonnies have won the last nine games in the series by an average of over 13 points including seven victories by double digits.
  • The Bonnies swept the season series with Rhode Island last year, taking wins at The RC as well as at the Ryan Center. The second matchup was dramatic, as the Bonnies erased a 12-point URI second half lead to take a 77-72 victory in late February. Danielle Migliore finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three assists to power the Bonaventure attack.
  • A pair of Bonnies have been impressive against the Rams - last season, Migliore averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in the two games a year ago vs. URI and Emily Calabrese posted 14.5 points and 7.0 rebounds including a career high 19 points in a January home win over the Rams last season.

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