The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team returns home to host Cornell at the Reilly Center Sunday, Dec. 29. The contest against the Big Red closes out the 2019 non-conference slate for the Bonnies. Tip is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Free St. Bonaventure women's basketball team posters will be available to fans!
LAST TIME OUT
The Bonnies fell to Saint Mary's of the West Coast Conference, 72-57, Dec. 21 in game two of the UCF Holiday Tournament. Dajah Logan matched her career-high with 22 points to lead the Bonnies. In game one against Wright State, the Bonnies came back from as many as 10 points down to defeat the Raiders, 57-56, behind Jurnee President's 15 points.
Head coach Dayna Smith enters her 17th season at the helm of the Cornell women's basketball program. Smith is the winningest coach in program history and is the second-longest tenured active women's basketball coach in the Ivy League. Smith is familiar to the Atlantic 10 after a Hall of Fame worthy playing career at Rhode Island. Cornell enters Sunday's contest with a record of 5-4 and are coming off an 18-day hiatus. The Big Red last saw the floor Dec. 10 against Duquesne, falling 72-62, to the Dukes. Cornell has lost two straight but were winners of four in a row prior to its Dec. 5 loss to Binghamton. Luara Bagwell-Katalinich leads the Big Red averaging 16.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, both team highs. The senior forward is shooting 53.6 percent from the floor. Also leading the way for the Big Red is senior Samantha Widmann who is second on the team scoring 12.2 points and hauls in 7.6 rebounds per contest. Widmann is also very efficient from the floor, also shooting over 50 percent.
The Bonnies and the Big Red will meet for the 13th time Sunday afternoon at the Reilly Center. The all-time series between the two schools is tied at 6-6. Cornell was the winner of the meeting last season in Ithaca, N.Y. The Bonnies, however, had won the four meetings prior to last season's loss.
• Senior Amanda Oliver has grabbed five or more rebounds in seven contests this season, including a career-high 13 rebounds at home against Buffalo on Dec. 7
• Asianae Johnson has yet to miss a start in her young St. Bonaventure career as she has played and started in all 42 games of her career. Over those 42 games, Johnson has averaged 10.2 points and 4.4 rebounds for her career.
• Junior Jurnee President has impressed early in her Bonaventure career, averaging 9.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. President has started all 12 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.
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 on Dec. 16 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
7.2 – The Bonnies make 7.2 three pointers a game, ranking fourth in the Atlantic 10. Fordham leads the A-10 by making 8.7 threes a game.
34.3 – Through 12 games this season the Bonnies are shooting 34.3 percent from three-point range. That mark ranks third in the Atlantic 10.
60 – Over the last four games the Bonnies are allowing just 60 points per game as a team and a 37.8 shooting percentage.
77.4 – The Bonnies rank second in the A-10 and 12th in the NCAA with a 77.4 FT%. Last season, the Bonnies shot a combined 68.1 percent from the line.
86 - The Bonnies have made a total of 86 threes this season, sitting at sixth in the A-10 just 10 shy of Fordham who has 96 threes made to lead the A-10.
The Bonnies open Atlantic 10 play on the road at defending A-10 Tournament Champions Fordham Saturday, Jan. 4. Tip is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
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