The 2019-20 St. Bonaventure University women's basketball season is officially here with the regular season kicking off Tuesday night at the Reilly Center as the Bonnies play host to the St. John's Red Storm. Tip is slated for 5:00 p.m.
Head coach Jesse Fleming welcomes seven newcomers to this year's team. Olivia Tucker, Kaitlyn Parker, Olivia Brown and Claire Cody all join the Bonnies as freshmen. The Bonnies also add Kayla Wilson and Jurnee President who both are junior college transfers and will each have two seasons of eligibility remaining. The final newcomer to the program is transfer guard Tori Harris, who joins the team from James Madison. Harris will sit out the 2019-20 season due to NCAA transfer rules and have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning next year.
BIG 4 HONORS
St. Bonaventure sophomores Asianae Johnson and Deja Francis have earned selection to the Preseason All-Big 4 Second Team, officials announced Monday. Voting took place among media and athletics communication staffs that cover St. Bonaventure, Canisius, Niagara and Buffalo. The electric guard combo returns for year two with the Bonnies. Both Johnson and Francis are coming off impressive first seasons where they ranked second and third respectively on the team in scoring. Francis tallied 104 assists last season, the most by any Bonnies freshman in over 20 years, and led all conference freshmen in assists per game (4.4) during Atlantic 10 play to earn a spot on the A-10 All-Rookie Team.
ABOUT ST. JOHN'S
Joe Tartamella begins his seventh season as head coach of the Red Storm in the 2019-20 season. The Red Storm finished 15-16 last season overall and 7-11 in the Big East. St. John's was picked to finish second in this year's Preseason Big East Poll, earning one first-place vote. Tatiana England and Qadashah Hoppie were selected to the Preseason All-Big East Team. England averaged 10.7 points and 5.7 assists per game as a freshman. Hoppie led the team in scoring at 11.6 ppg.
Tuesday marks just the third meeting between St. Bonaventure and St. John's. The last time the two met was Nov. 12, 2011 when the Bonnies were victorious on the road, 64-58. At the time, St. John's was nationally ranked and was the first win over a ranked opponent for the Bonnies since 2008. The Bonnies would go one to advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament during the 2011-12 season.
The Atlantic 10's agreement with ESPN+ to be the official video streaming partner of the conference means all St. Bonaventure games that are not shown on a national or regional TV network will be shown on ESPN+. The broadcasts will be produced in-house under the direction of Rick Karnath, an adjunct professor in the Jandoli School of Communication. Karnath will lead a group of students who will work alongside Athletics Department staff to air both men's and women's games. ESPN+ can be accessed in the Watch tab of the latest version of the ESPN App, available on the web, iPhone, iPad, tvOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and FireTV for a subscription of $4.99 per month.
Season tickets for the 2019-20 St. Bonaventure women's basketball season are on sale now for just $50. To order, call the SBU Ticket Office at (716) 375-2500 or visit GoBonnies.com/Tickets.
The Bonnies remain at home when they welcome Little Three rival Niagara to the Reilly Center Thursday, Nov. 7. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
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