ST. BONAVENTURE (7-22, 4-12 A-10) vs. UMASS (19-10, 9-7)
Tuesday, March 3 – 7:00 p.m.
Mullins Center – Amherst, Mass.
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The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team travels to UMass for the first round of the 2020 Atlantic 10 Tournament Tuesday night. Tip is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Mullins Center.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bonnies fell to Duquesne, 80-57, Saturday at the Reilly Center on Senior Day. Asianae Johnson led the Bonnies with 17 points and eight rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for Bonaventure was Deja Francis with 14 points and Jurnee President added 13. Emily Calabrese narrowly missed out on a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.
• Head coach Tory Verdi is in his fourth season at the helm of the UMass women's basketball program. In his career at UMass, Verdi touts a record of 58-67. He led the Minutewomen to their best regular season finish since the 1997-98 season when they also won 19 games.
• UMass enters the 2020 Atlantic 10 Tournament as the 5-seed after finishing with an overall record of 19-10 and 9-7 in A-10 play. The Minutewomen have won their last three contests over Davidson, Saint Joseph's and Rhode Island but had lost four straight before beating Davidson, 61-48, on Feb. 22.
• UMass is led by Sam Breen who is averaging 17.1 points per game but has only played in 18 games this season. Senior Hailey Leidel is third in the Atlantic 10 in scoring at 16.0 points per contest. Also scoring in double figures is Destinee Philoxy at 10.5 points per game. Breen leads the Minutewomen in rebounding as well, hauling in an average of 9.1 per game.
The Bonnies and the Minutewomen will meet for the 63rd time Wednesday evening. The Bonnies have won three out of the last four meetings. The Bonnies and the Minutewomen faced off in the second game of A-10 play this season with UMass coming away with a 62-52 victory at the Reilly Center. Bonaventure has won its previous two contests at the Mullins Center, 64-63 on Jan. 26, 2019 and 55-38 on Jan. 17, 2017. The Bonnies and the Minutewomen met in the Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2015. UMass won that contest, 55-49.
With a Bonnies win, they would advance to the quarterfinal round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament held at the UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio. The Bonnies would face the winner of the Saint Louis and George Mason game.
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