The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team returns from the Thanksgiving break and travels again to take on Kent State Tuesday, Dec. 3. Tip is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
Olivia Brown's 20 points were not enough as the Bonnies were defeated by Binghamton, 78-67, last Wednesday in Vestal, N.Y. The Bonnies attempted a rally effort late, outscoring the Bearcats 23-22 in the fourth quarter. Brown's three with 1:50 remaining in the game brought the Bonnies within seven, 72-65. Kai Moon was fouled on the next Binghamton possession, sending her to the line. Moon converted four free throws in the final 1:30 of the contest to ice the game.
BROWN TAKES TOP A-10 ROOKIE HONORS
Following her performance at Binghamton last week, Brown received Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors on Monday. Through the first seven games of the year, she is shooting nearly 42 percent from the floor and 50 percent from long range
ABOUT KENT STATE
Head coach Todd Starkey enters his third season at the helm of the Kent State women's basketball program and led the Golden Flashes to a NCAA Tournament berth in his first season. Kent State has five players averaging double-figure scoring early in the season led by Lindsey Thall who scores 15.3 points per contest. Nila Blackford is second on the team in scoring at 14.8 points per game and leads the team in rebounds, grabbing an average of 8.2 per game. The Golden Flashes are off to a 4-2 starting this season with wins coming against Duquesne, Youngstown State, Purdue Fort Wayne and most recently Robert Morris. The only two blemishes on the Kent State schedule this season have come against Big Ten opponents No. 24 Michigan and Ohio State. Kent State was picked to finish third in this year's preseason MAC East poll and redshirt senior Megan Carter was named to the Preseason All-MAC East Team. Kent State was one of four teams in the MAC to finish with 20 or more wins a season ago. The Golden Flashes finished last season with a 20-13 record and advanced to the second round of the WNIT.
The Bonnies and the Golden Flashes have met 13 times dating back to 1999 with the Bonnies holding a 7-6 lead in the all-time series. The two teams last met a season ago with Kent State coming out on top, 76-64. Mckenna Maycock had a game-high 21 points and Dajah Logan added 18 points. Prior to last season's meeting, the Bonnies had won five straight matchups with Kent State.
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. The Bonnies accomplished the feat once again Nov. 17 at Canisius – Dajah Logan (22), Asianae Johnson (15), Emily Calabrese (13) and Jurnee President (13).
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 is no different as the Bonnies have made 56 threes through their first six games, ranking fourth in the A-10 and 49th in the NCAA. Bona's average of 8.0 made threes per game ranks fourth in the Atlantic 10.
TOUGH ROAD AHEAD
The final six non-conference matchups for the Bonnies will not be easy as the six teams have combined for a 25-15 record so far this season. Five out of the six remaining opponents for the Bonnies have a .500 record or better – Kent State (4-2), Buffalo (6-2), Oakland (4-3), Wright State (3-2) and Cornell (5-2).
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.
Fellow freshman Olivia Brown made her first career start last Wednesday on the road at Binghamton and made the most of her opportunity, scoring a career-high 20 points. A native of East Grand Rapids, Mich., Brown was 7-of-11 from the floor and a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range. She also hauled in five rebounds on the afternoon.
BY THE NUMBERS
2 – The Bonnies rank second in the Atlantic 10 in three-point percentage, shooting 36.6 percent.
4 – Freshman Olivia Brown was a perfect 4-for-4 from three against Binghamton Nov. 27.
8.0 – As a team, the Bonnies are making 8.0 threes per game, ranking sixth in the Atlantic 10.
1 – Emily Calabrese's 15 rebounds against Cleveland State Nov. 23 were the most by a Bonnies player since 2015 when Katie Healy grabbed
25 - The Bonnies remaining non-conference opponents have combined for 25 wins so far this season.
74.4 – The Bonnies are shooting 74.4 percent as a team from the charity stripe this season. Last year, the Bonnies shot a combined 68.1 percent from the line.
The Bonnies return home to face in-state rival Buffalo Saturday, Dec. 7. Tip is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. Saturday's game is the first half of a doubleheader with the men's team. During halftime of the men's game on Dec. 7, the Bonnies will honor the 1970 Final Four Team for their 50th Anniversary as part of the St. Bonaventure men's basketball centennial season.
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