The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team hosts the Oakland Golden Grizzlies Sunday afternoon at the Reilly Center. Tip is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bonnies dropped a close game last Saturday to Buffalo, 46-36. Dajah Logan led the Bonnies with eight points and grabbed four rebounds. Senior Amanda Oliver hauled in a career-high 13 rebounds and was 3-for-4 from the floor for six points.
Head coach Jeff Tungate is in his seventh season at the helm of the Oakland women's basketball program. Tungate has compiled 79 wins in his first seven seasons. Prior to being named head coach in 2013, Tungate served as the associate head coach of the Golden Grizzlies for six seasons. Oakland was picked to finish eighth out of 10 teams in the Horizon League Preseason poll. The Golden Grizzlies finished last season with an overall record of 6-24 and 3-15 in Horizon League play.
Former St. Bonaventure guard Jalisha Terry averages 13.8 points per game, leading Oakland in scoring. The junior has scored in double digits in each of the last six games. Terry ranks sixth in the NCAA and second in the Horizon league shooting 91.2 percent from the free throw line. Chloe Guingrich in limited action this season has averaged 11.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Oakland leads the Horizon League and ranks 12th in the NCAA shooting 79.1 percent from the charity stripe. On the defensive end, the Golden Grizzlies lead the Horizon League and are seventh in the NCAA allowing opponents to just a 21.1 three-point shooting percentage.
The Bonnies and the Golden Grizzlies will meet for just the second time Sunday afternoon with the last meeting taking place 11 years ago. Oakland came out on top, 76-72, in Rochester, Mich.
•Senior Amanda Oliver hauled in a career-high 13 rebounds last Saturday against Buffalo. She is the third Bona player to grab double-digit rebounds this season joining Asianae Johnson and Emily Calabrese.
•Sunday marks Asianae Johnson's 40th career game in the Brown and White. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native only needs 12 points to reach 400 for her career.
•Junior Jurnee President has impressed early in her Bonaventure career, averaging 9.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. President has started all nine games this season for the Bonnies. The newcomer spent the last two seasons at New Mexico Junior College, helping her team compile a record of 59-10 over the two-year span. In the Thunderbirds' National Tournament game against top-ranked Wabash Valley, she scored 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting and added four three-pointers. Also during her sophomore season, President scored in double figures 15 times, including a career-high 20 points with five three-pointers against Central Arizona College.
BROWN TAKES TOP A-10 ROOKIE HONORS
Following her performance at Binghamton Nov. 27, Brown received Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors Dec. 2. Through the first seven games of the year, she is shooting 40 percent from the floor and 40 percent from long range.
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.
TOUGH ROAD AHEAD
The final four non-conference matchups for the Bonnies will not be easy as the four teams have combined for 18 wins so far this season. All four remaining opponents for the Bonnies have a .500 record or better – Oakland (4-4), Wright State (5-3), St. Mary's (Cal.) (4-4) and Cornell (5-4).
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 Nov. 27 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 limited a Buffalo team that was making 8.5 three per game to just two made triples last Saturday.
7.0 – Despite only making a trio of three-pointers last Saturday against Buffalo, the Bonnies are still making 7.0 three per contest which ranks sixth in the Atlantic 10.
18 – The Bonnies four remaining non-conference opponents have combined to win 18 games and all four teams have an overall record of .500 or better.
33.9 – Through nine games this season, the Bonnies rank fifth in the Atlantic 10 shooting 33.9 percent from three-point range.
63 - The Bonnies have made 63 three-pointers through nine games this season.
76.5 – The Bonnies are shooting 76.5 percent as a team from the charity stripe this season. That number ranks third in the A-10 and 32nd in the NCAA. Last year, the Bonnies shot a combined 68.1 percent from the line.
The Bonnies head to the Sunshine State for a pair of games at the UCF Holiday Invitational. The Bonnies will take on Wright State Friday, Dec. 20 and then square off against St. Mary's (Cal.) Saturday, Dec. 21.
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