The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team makes its longest trip in Atlantic 10 play this season by heading to Davidson for a Saturday afternoon contest. After taking first-place VCU to the limit Wednesday at home, the Bonnies will get no breaks as they now face a Wildcats squad that sits second in the league standings.
BY THE NUMBERS - ST. BONAVENTURE AT DAVIDSON
- 2 - Two Bonnies players rank in the A-10's top 10 for three-point percentage this season - junior Bree Paulson (33.8%, 8th) and Mckenna Maycock (33.3%, 10th).
- 3 - St. Bonaventure is making its first trip to Davidson in over three years. In fact, the Bonnies have played at Davidson just once - a 59-47 win on Jan. 13, 2016.
- 4 - The Bonnies had four players score in double figures last 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 and 5.5 apg at Rhode Island and vs. George Mason.
- 5.0 - With 5.0 assists per game in conference play, Bona freshman Deja Francis ranks second among all A-10 players through eight games.
- 8 - St. Bonaventure currently occupies the eighth spot in the Atlantic 10 standings, the final spot to host a first round Atlantic 10 Tournament game next month.
- 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.
- 139 - St. Bonaventure has made 139 3-pointers this year, third-most in the A-10 behind only Fordham (170) and Davidson (161), but were limited to three vs. VCU Wednesday.
MAGIC NUMBERS: If a few numbers go the way of the Bonnies Saturday, 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 7-5 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.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: St. Bonaventure scored its fourth road win of the year Jan. 30 at Rhode Island, giving the squad four of its seven total wins away from the Reilly Center. 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.
- The Bonnies and Wildcats have met only four times, the fewest meetings between SBU and any current Atlantic 10 member.
- Bona won the first three meetings before dropping a home contest, 75-68, last January. On that night, Davidson shot nearly 47 percent from the floor, led by Kianna Speight's 27 points. Danielle Migliore had 13 points for the Brown and White while Emily Calabrese finished with 10 rebounds. Mckenna Maycock missed the game due to injury.
- Prior to last year, St. Bonaventure had won the previous three meetings, all by double digits.
- The Bonnies and Wildcats met the previous two years in the Reilly Center. SBU has been to Davidson just once previously - January 2016 when the Bonnies won, 59-47. Since then, both programs have changed head coaches and the Bonnies have just one player,
- Mckenna Maycock, who did not play that night, who was on the active roster then. In the last meeting in North Carolina, former Bonnies guard and current assistant strength coach Nyla Rueter reached 1,000 career points on the Belk Arena floor.
- Davidson enters Saturday's contest with an overall record of 13-9 and 7-2 in the Atlantic 10. The Wildcats are coming off a 66-54 loss to Saint Joseph's on Feb. 6. Davidson was picked to finish 11th in this season's Atlantic 10 preseason poll but currently sit second in the A-10 standings.
- Senior Justine Lyon was named to the preseason All-Conference Second Team after averaging 14.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as a junior. Lyon is one of three Wildcats players to be averaging at least 13 points per game this season. The senior is averaging 13.1 points and 4.9 points in 21 games coming off the bench.
- As a team, the Wildcats lead the Atlantic 10 in scoring with 67.9 points per game and defensively they give up the seventh fewest points in the conference. Davidson is middle of the pack in the Atlantic 10 shooting 38.7 percent from the field.
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