The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team visits Little Three rival Canisius Sunday evening in Buffalo. Tip is slated for 6:00 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bonnies fell Wednesday to Bucknell, 68-60, on the road. The Bonnies held a 36-33 lead at halftime, but the Bison opened the second half with a 9-0 run to take control. Freshman Olivia Tucker poured in a career-high 20 points, sinking six threes. Her 20 points were the most by a Bonnies freshman since Mariah Ruff in 2015.
The Golden Griffins were picked to finish eighth in the MAAC in a preseason poll of the league's 11 head coaches. Senior D'Jhai Patterson-Ricks was named to the Preseason All-MAAC Second Team. She currently leads the team in points, averaging 14 points per game thus far. Second-year head coach Scott Hemer led Canisius to a 11-19 overall record and 9-9 conference mark during his first season. The Griffs entered the 2019 MAAC Championship as the No. 5 seed, their highest seeding since 2014, before falling to Monmouth in the quarterfinal round. Canisius has started their season with a record of 0-2, falling to Youngstown State (87-59) and Buffalo (71-55).
Sunday marks the 55th meeting all-time between St. Bonaventure and Canisius. The Bonnies hold the edge in the all-time series, 29-24. The last two contests between the Bonnies and the Griffs have gone to overtime, with last season's matchup going into triple OT and the Bonnies coming out on top, 100-94, at the Reilly Center. Emily Calabrese notched her first career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bonnies. In the 2017-18 season, however, the Griffs were victorious over the Bonnies, 71-69, in overtime the last time the two teams met in Buffalo.
BONNIES IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Nov. 7 against Niagara, the Bonnies had four players score in double figures - Dajah Logan (20), Asianae Johnson (15), Deja Francis (11) and Emily Calabrese (10). The last time the Bonnies had four players score in double figures was against George Mason on Feb. 3 of last season.
LOGAN STEPPING UP
Before joining the Bonnies during the 2017-18 season, Dajah Logan's career-high stood at 15 points. In 34 career games with the Bonnies, she has met or eclipsed that mark five times including her 20-point outburst Thursday against Niagara, a night that established a new career-best.
BONNIES FROM DISTANCE
The Bonnies shot well from beyond the arc last season, averaging 6.4 made three-point field goals per game, to rank fifth in the Atlantic 10. Senior Dajah Logan helped contribute to this shooting 32 percent from deep. The Bonnies made a program-record 241 three-pointers in the 2017-18 season.
This season the Bonnies have stuck with that style of play, ranking first in the Atlantic 10 and 14th in the NCAA with 28 three-pointers made through four games. Bona's 85 three-point attempts is also first in the A-10 and ranks 11th in the NCAA. The Brown and White make an average of seven threes per contest which ranks third in the A-10 behind Fordham and Duquesne, who both average 8.3 threes made per game.
TUCKER TAKING OFF
Freshman Olivia Tucker had a game to remember against Bucknell on Wednesday. She poured in a career-high 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the floor and sunk six threes, falling just short of the freshmen program record which is held by Mariah Ruff who converted seven threes against Rhode Island in 2015.
Tucker's 20 points were the most by a Bonnies freshman in a game since Ruff scored 25 points in that game against the Rams in 2015. That's good company for Tucker: Ruff went on to finish her career with the Bonnies ranking eighth in all-time scoring (1,446), fourth in all-time assists (427) and fifth in three-point shots (202) while scoring in double figures 72 times in her four-year tenure with the Bonnies.
BIG 4 HONORS
Preseason honors continued to come in for Deja Francis as she was selected to the Preseason All-Big 4 Second Team along with teammate Asianae Johnson. Preseason All-Big 4 Teams and individual awards are voted on by media and athletics communication staffs that cover St. Bonaventure, Niagara, Canisius and Buffalo.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Johnson was second on the team in scoring as a freshman, averaging 9.7 points per contest. She was also one of the team's best rebounders as she hauled in a total of 117 rebounds and averaged 3.9 a game. Johnson was also the only Bonnies player to start in all 30 games last season.
BY THE NUMBERS
- 2 - The last two contests between the Bonnies and the Griffs have gone to overtime. Last year's matchup went to triple overtime with the Bonnies winning, 100-94.
- 5 – The Bonnies get five days off between Sunday's matchup with Canisius after playing five games in the opening two weeks of the season.
- 6 - Freshman Olivia Tucker came off the bench Wednesday at Bucknell and sunk six threes, falling just one three shy of the St. Bonaventure freshman record.
- 21 - The Bonnies have made 21 threes in their last two games. Bona only made seven shots from deep in the first two games of the season.
- 22 – Claudia Del Moral played 22 minutes against Bucknell Wednesday afternoon, her most minutes played since the Bucknell game last season Nov. 30 when she played 26 minutes.
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The Bonnies get a small break in the schedule with five days off before hosting Cleveland State to the Reilly Center Saturday, Nov. 23. Tip is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
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