ST. BONAVENTURE (1-4) at CLEVELAND STATE (3-1)
Saturday, Nov. 23 – 1:00 p.m.
Reilly Center – St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
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The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team hosts Cleveland State to the Reilly Center Saturday afternoon. Tipoff is slated for 1:00 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bonnies last played Sunday, Nov. 17 on the road at Little Three rival Canisius. Bona led for 34 minutes before the Griffs stormed back and took the lead with just 16 seconds remaining in the game. D'Jhai Patterson Ricks brought the Griffs within one on a deep ball with 20 seconds to play. Then, she took care of business herself as she stole the ball with 16 seconds on the clock and stormed down the court and put in the go-ahead layup.
ABOUT CLEVELAND STATE
Cleveland State enters Saturday's contest with a 3-1 overall record. The Vikings were picked to finished seventh in this year's Horizon League Preseason poll. Chris Kielsmeier enters his second season at the helm of the Cleveland State women's basketball program. He led the Vikings to a 10-20 record in his first season. Savanna Crockett and Mariah Miller were both named to the Horizon League Preseason All-Conference Second Team prior to this season. Crockett earned Horizon League Freshman of the Year honors following last season. The Vikings are led by Miller who is averaging 20.5 points and 5.8 rebounds through four games this season. Crockett leads the Vikings with 31 rebounds, hauling in an average of 7.8 per contest.
Saturday marks just the third meeting between St. Bonaventure and Cleveland State. The Bonnies and the Vikings last met in 2006, with Bona claiming victory on the road, 56-43, in Cleveland. The Bonnies got the best of the Vikings at the Reilly Center in 2005, winning 58-49.
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 35 career games with the Bonnies, she has met or eclipsed that mark six times including her 22-point outburst Sunday night at Canisius, a night that established a new career-best. Logan has reached the 20-point plateau twice this season.
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, entering the week ranking first in the Atlantic 10 and fifth in the NCAA with 41 three-pointers made through five games. Bona's 117 three-point attempts is also first in the A-10 and ranks seventh in the NCAA. The Brown and White make an average of 8.2 threes per contest which ranks second in the A-10.
TUCKER TAKING OFF
Freshman Olivia Tucker had a game to remember against Bucknell on Nov. 13. 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 freshman 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
3 – The Bonnies shooting from beyond the arc has come to life the last three games. Bona has made double-digit threes in three consecutive contests.
6 – Senior Dajah Logan sunk a career-high six threes Sunday at Canisius and set a new career-high with 22 points.
34 - The Bonnies have made 34 threes in their last three games. Bona only made seven shots from deep in the first two games of the season.
61 – The Bonnies entered the week ranked second in the Atlantic 10 with 61 assists.
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 head back out on the road with a quick trip up I-86 to Binghamton Wednesday, Nov. 27. That game is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. tip.
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