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Women's Basketball Looks To Keep Winning Ways Going at Home vs. Mason Sunday

Women's Basketball Looks To Keep Winning Ways Going at Home vs. Mason Sunday

ST. BONAVENTURE vs. GEORGE MASON
Sunday, Feb. 3 - 1:00 p.m.
Reilly Center
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After two wins on the road, the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team returns to the Reilly Center Sunday afternoon to finish up a season home-and-home series with George Mason. Sunday's matchup is a crucial game in the Atlantic 10 standings between a pair of teams who enter the weekend 3-4 in conference action.

BY THE NUMBERS - ST. BONAVENTURE vs. GEORGE MASON

  • 2 - St. Bonaventure has scored back-to-back road wins in Atlantic 10 play, winning last Saturday at UMass (64-63) and Wednesday at Rhode Island (84-68).
  • 5.0 - With 5.0 assists per game in conference play, Bona freshman Deja Francis ranks second among all A-10 players through seven games.
  • 5 - Sunday's game will be the fifth meeting between the Bonnies and Patriots in the past two seasons.
  • 6 - Graduate student Mckenna Maycock sank six 3-pointers in Wednesday's win at Rhode Island, the most by a Bonnies player since Mariah Ruff's eight vs. Saint Joseph's Jan. 3, 2018.
  • 24 - Maycock tallied a career-high 24 points Wednesday, the most by a Bonnies player this year. She also had career highs in FGs made (9) and 3s (6).
  • 32 - St. Bonaventure scored 32 points in the fourth quarter of a come-from-behind win Jan. 10 at George Mason, the second-most in any quarter in the program's history.
  • 57 - The Bonnies shot 57 percent from the floor in Wednesday's win at Rhode Island, the best field goal percentage by any A-10 team this year in conference games.
  • 84 - Bona's 84 points Wednesday are the team's most in regulation this season and tied for the most by any Atlantic 10 team during conference play thus far. 
MAGIC NUMBERS: If a few numbers go the way of the Bonnies Sunday, 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 Wednesday at Rhode Island, they are 6-4 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 in each of the past two wins to improve the team's record to 6-3 when three players score 10 or more points.
 
BONNIES SCORE ANOTHER ROAD WIN AT RHODE ISLAND: St. Bonaventure was powered by a career day from graduate student Mckenna Maycock who poured in 24 points as the Bonnies won over the Rams, 84-68. SBU shot 57 percent from the floor and also received double figure scoring efforts from Dajah Logan and Danielle Migliore (11 points each).
 
90 GAMES DOWN: Graduate student Mckenna Maycock played in her 90th career game Wednesday at Rhode Island. It was arguably her best as she tallied career highs in points (24), field goals made (9) and 3-pointers (6) in an outstanding performance.
 
LUCKY 13: St. Bonaventure connected on a season-best 13 shots from beyond the arc Wednesday at Rhode Island. It was the most for the team since also hitting 13 treys vs. George Mason at home last year on Jan. 31, 2018.

HOW'S THAT FOR A STAT LINE?: Bona's freshman Asianae Johnson had an outstanding stat line Wednesday at Rhode Island - she filled the stat sheet with an all-around performance of nine points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in just under 26 minutes of action.

THRILLER IN UMASS IMPROVES SBU IN A-10 PLAY: The Bonnies tallied a 64-63 win at UMass Jan. 26. 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.
 
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.
 
BONNIES VS. GEORGE MASON -  SERIES HISTORY
  • St. Bonaventure earned ts first-ever win in Fairfax, Va., in the sport of women's basketball with its win at EagleBank Arena on Jan. 10. The Bonnies had been 0-4 at Mason since the Patriots joined the A-10.
  • Previous to the first meeting this year, the road team had won just once in the seven games during the series - Mason's 76-63 win at The RC last January.
  • 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.
  • A 32-point fourth quarter helped the Bonnies erase a 14-point second half deficit to win last month on the road. Mckenna Maycock tallied a team-best 18 points while Dajah Logan finished with 15. Asianae Johnson scored 11 of her 13 points during the fourth quarter and all of Danielle Migliore's seven points came during the fourth quarter rally. 
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.
  • The Patriots have won three of their last four games, beating GW, UMass and Rhode Island before losing at Saint Louis 
    Thursday night.
  • 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 21.0 ppg this season after finishing third in the league in scoring (17.9 ppg) last year. 

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