The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team heads south to the Sunshine State to participate in the UCF Holiday Tournament. The Bonnies will play a pair of games in Florida, taking on Wright State Friday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. and wrapping up action against Saint Mary's (Cal.) Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
LAST TIME OUT
Olivia Brown's career-high 24 points led the St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team to an 80-66 victory over Oakland last Sunday. Also in double figures for the Bonnies was Asianae Johnson (15), Deja Francis (15) and Dajah Logan (13). The Bonnies led for the entire game and shot an impressive 54.5 percent from the floor.
ABOUT WRIGHT STATE
Wright State is off to a 5-4 start on the year, winning two out of its last three contests. The Raiders have wins over CSU Bakersfield, Xavier, Loyola (MD), SMU and Marian this season. Leading the way for the Raiders is Angel Baker who averaging 19.9 points per game and is grabbing 4.3 rebounds per contest as well. Baker also leads the team with 35 assists. Michal Miller also scores in double-figures for Wright State, scoring 13.4 points per game. On the boards Tyler Frierson hauls in an average of 8.2 rebounds per contest while only playing 19.9 minutes a game.
ABOUT SAINT MARY'S
Saint Mary's has a 4-5 record to open its 2019-20 campaign and are winners of two out of the last three games. The Gaels have victories over UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, Western Kentucky and Cal Poly. The Gaels have four players that score in double figures - Sam Simons (16.1 ppg), Emily Codding (15.6), Taycee Wedin (12.0 ppg) and Madeline Holland (11.0 ppg). Holland is also averaging seven assists per contest for Saint Mary's (Cal.).
The Bonnies take on unfamiliar opponents in Florida. The Bonnies have played Friday's opponent Wright State twice in program history. Bona took both matchups against the Raiders and most recently a 79-51 victory on the road on Dec. 31, 2000. Saturday's meeting between the Bonnies and the Gaels will be the first meeting between the two teams.
LAST TIME AT UCF
During the 2016-17 season, the Bonnies took part in the UCF Thanksgiving Classic where they went 2-0. The Bonnies opened the Thanksgiving Classic by defeating Austin Peay, 58-57, and then took down Rider, 60-47.
•Senior Amanda Oliver hauled in a career-high 13 rebounds Dec. 7 against Buffalo. She is the third Bona player to grab double-digit rebounds this season joining Asianae Johnson and Emily Calabrese.
•Asianae Johnson has yet to miss a game or start in her career for the Bonnies. She has started in all 40 contests the Bonnies have played since the beginning of last season.
•The Bonnies matched their season-high for points in the first half last Sunday against Oakland, scoring 47 points in the first half. Bona first scored 47 points in the first half at Canisius Nov. 17.
DOWNTOWN OLIVIA BROWN
Olivia Brown turned a performance to remember against Oakland on Sunday, posting a career-high 24 points. A native of East Grand Rapids, Mich., Brown went 9-for-10 from the floor and hit six of seven attempts from three-point range. Brown also pulled in four rebounds and dished out three assists to power Bonaventure
The freshman guard averages 8.4 points per game, shooting 50 percent from long range and 49 percent from the floor. She has reached the 20-point plateau twice this season.
She was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for the second time this season Monday morning for her performance against Oakland. Brown was first named A-10 Rookie of the Week after scoring 20 points on the road at Binghamton Nov. 27.
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.
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
7.4 – Bona ranks fourth in the A-10, making 7.4 threes per game. The Bonnies have made double-digit threes in five games this season.
24 – Freshman Olivia Brown poured in a career-high 24 points Sunday against Oakland. Brown finished the contest 9-of-10 from the floor and 6-of-7 from deep.
35.7 – As of Dec. 16, the Bonnies rank second in the Atlantic 10, converting 35.7 percent of their three-point attempts.
54.5 – Sunday against Oakland, the Bonnies shot 54.5 percent from the floor, marking the first time the Bonnies have shot over 50 percent from the floor this season.
77.1 - The Bonnies sit second in the Atlantic 10 and 25th in the NCAA shooting 77.1 percent from the charity stripe this season.
The Bonnies close out their 2019-20 non-conference slate with a matchup against the Cornell Big Red Sunday, Dec. 29 at the Reilly Center. Tip is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
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