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Bonnies Host VCU Wednesday Night

ST. BONAVENTURE vs. VCU 
Wednesday, Feb. 6 - 7:00 p.m.
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St. Bonaventure will put its three-game winning streak on the line Wednesday night at home when it faces VCU, the first-place team in the Atlantic 10 standings with an 8-1 conference record. The Bonnies have improved their A-10 mark to 4-4 and currently stand eighth in the conference standings. 

GAME PROMOTION: All St. Bonaventure students receive free pizza for attending Wednesday's game!

BY THE NUMBERS - ST. BONAVENTURE VS. VCU

  • 3 - SBU has scored three straight wins in Atlantic 10 play for the first time since the 2016-17 season (Jan. 19-25, 2017 at UMass; home vs. Duquesne and Davidson). 
  • 4 - The Bonnies had four players score in double figures Sunday for just the second time this year (Danielle Migliore/Bree Paulson 10; Deja Francis 13; Mckenna Maycock 19). 
  • 5 - Freshman Deja Francis was named to the A-10 Weekly Honor Roll for the fifth time this season. She averaged 11.0 ppg 5.5 apg at Rhode Island and vs. George Mason.
  • 5.1 - With 5.1 assists per game in conference play, Bona freshman Deja Francis ranks second among all A-10 players through eight games.
  • 7 - St. Bonaventure has yet to defeat VCU in seven tries. The Rams are the only 
    Atlantic 10 opponent the Bonnies have never beaten.
  • 21.5 - Graduate student Mckenna Maycock averaged 21.5 points per game in two wins last week at Rhode Island and vs. George Mason to earn Atlantic 10 Player of the Week.
  • 23 - Mckenna Maycock's 23 3-pointers in A-10 play are second in the league behind only the 24 from Saint Louis' Jordyn Frantz – thought Frantz has played one more game. 
  • 47.3 - St. Bonaventure has shot 47.3 percent from the floor combined during its three-game winning streak. 
MAYCOCK NAMED A-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Maycock averaged 21.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and shot 53 percent from the floor (16-for-30) as well as 52 percent from distance (11-for-21) during wins over Rhode Island and George Mason in Atlantic 10 play. At Rhode Island last Wednesday, she tallied career highs in scoring (24 points), field goals made (nine) and three-pointers (six) as she powered an 84-68 road victory. Against George Mason at home Sunday, she again led the team with 19 points, adding eight rebounds as the Bonnies secured their third victory in a row. For the season, the Randolph, N.Y. native averages 12.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. It marks Maycock's first career Atlantic 10 Player of the Week award.
 
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 have in each of the past three wins, they are 7-4 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 twice when losing the rebounding margin, though the second win came Sunday vs. George Mason when the Patriots won the battle of the boards 38-33. Finally, spreading the offense around is also key - three or more players scored in double digits in each of the past three wins to improve the team's record to 7-3 when three players score 10 or more points.
 
BONNIES CAN ALWAYS GO DOWNTOWN: St. Bonaventure connected on a season-best 13 shots from beyond the arc Wednesday at Rhode Island. SBU followed that up with another standout effort from long range as the Bonnies hit 11 3s Sunday vs. George Mason. 
 
100 AND COUNTING: Junior Danielle Migliore reached a career milestone in Sunday's win over George Mason, surpassing 100 career 3-pointers with a pair of shots from distance, giving her 101 triples in her Bona career. She finished with 10 points, her second consecutive double-figure scoring day after posting 11 points at Rhode Island last Wednesday.
 
90 GAMES DOWN: Graduate student Mckenna Maycock played in her 90th career game last 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.
 
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.
 
HOW'S THAT FOR A HALF?: St. Bonaventure sealed its convincing win at Rhode Island with 55 points in the second half - the first time the Bonnies have scored more than 50 points in a half since also doing so against URI Feb. 22, 2018. 
 
BONNIES VS. VCU -  SERIES HISTORY
  • The Bonnies and Rams will meet for the eighth time in series history with VCU winning all seven previous meetings.
  • VCU is the only team in the Atlantic 10 the Bonnies have never beaten. In fact, only three of the meetings have been decided by less than 10 points including last year when the Bonnies dropped a heartbreaker in overtime, 77-75, in Richmond.
  • A friendly bounce that saw her corner trey attempt jump high in the air hitting the rim before falling in with 24 seconds remaining was the difference for Nyra Williams and VCU. Mariah Ruff had 30 points for the Bonnies while Mckenna Maycock had 15 points and eight rebounds. Emily Calabrese pulled down a career high 11 rebounds. 
ABOUT VCU
  • VCU stands first in the Atlantic 10 standings after an 8-1 start to the conference season despite being picked sixth in the preseason coaches poll after finishing 11th in the final standings in 2017-18.
  • Defense has been key to VCU's turnaround thus far. The Rams rank second in all of NCAA Division I by allowing just 49.4 points to opponents this year. The Rams are also second in the nation in field goal percentage defense, holding opposition to 32.0% shooting from the floor and second in three-point field goal percentage defense with opponents shooting 23.1% from beyond the arc.
  • Tara Reed is the only VCU player averaging double figure scoring with 13.3 points per game while the Rams shoot over 41 percent from the floor as a team on the season. 
 
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