St. Bonaventure Set to Battle Canisius Tuesday Night


Coach Crowley is 4-1 vs. Canisius

Nov. 19, 2008

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DATE: Nov. 19, 2008
TIP-OFF: 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION: St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
ARENA: Reilly Center
COURT: Bob Lanier Court
SERIES: Canisius leads, 20-18
LAST MEETING: December 15, 2007
St. Bonaventure 72, Canisius 65

The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team heads into tonight's match-up against Canisius looking to improve upon their strong 2-0 start this season. The Bonnies picked up their second win of the season on the road against Buffalo. The Brown and White exploded offensively in the second half, putting up 47 points in the second stanza on 67 percent shooting from the field en route to a 77-58 win. With the win at Buffalo, the Bonnies have now won eight of their last nine non-conference games. Tonight's game against Canisius will be the second consecutive game against a member of the Big 4.

Today's matchup will be the 39th meeting between these two in-state foes with the Golden Griffs holding a 20-18 all-time advantage. The Bona women have won the four out of the last five series meetings. The Brown and White won the last head-to-head clash against Canisius in 2007 when they upended the Golden Griffs, 72-65.

Scouting the Golden Griffs
The Golden Griffs come into tonight's game against the Bonnies 1-0 on the young season. The Griffs won their opener against the University at Buffalo, who the Bonnies just beat this past Sunday, 69-56. Senior forward Marie Warner led the Golden Griffs with a game-high 22 points. Canisius, who was picked to finish third in the MAAC, boast a pair of preseason second-team All-MACC selections. Senior guard Amanda Cavo, who recently scored her 1,000 career point against Buffalo, and junior guard Brittane Russell were tabbed with the honors as they lead this 2008-09 edition of the Golden Griffs into the Reilly Center tonight.

Last Time Out: Bonnies stampede Bull, 77-58
Dana Mitchell showed why she was tabbed a preseason first-team Atlantic 10 nominee, scoring 20 points in a 77-58 St. Bonavenutre win over Buffalo. Mitchell, who had the same number of turnovers (7) as she did points (7) in the Bonnies season opener against Binghamton, looked much better against Buffalo shooting 6-of-7 from the field. Senior guard Katelyn Murray had another strong game for the Brown and White scoring 19 points against Buffalo including a 5-for-5 showing from the free-throw line. The Bonnies, as a team, shot 48 percent for the game and outscored the Bulls 47-33 in the second half to come away with the victory. With the win at Buffalo on Sunday, the Bona women are now off to a 2-0 start for the second straight season. In the two Bonnie wins so far this season, the average margin of victory for the Brown and White is just over 17 points.

Looking for another fast start
With a 12-3 start to last season, the Bonnies established themselves early on as a team to be taken seriously. This year's squad has started off 2-0 and will not have to deal with a monster six game road trip that last year's squad played through. With home tilts against Michigan State and Syracuse right around the corner, the Bonnies will look to repeat their fast start they enjoyed last season.

Non-Conference Success
Dating back to last season, the Bonnies have notched 14 victories in their last 17 games outside of the Atlantic 10, including five in a row at the Reilly Center. St. Bonaventure is also 9-3 in its last 12 non-conference contests away from home.

Season Openers
With the 2008-09 season under way, the Bonnies continued their opening day success against Binghamton. The Brown and White's 66-51 victory over the Bearcats makes it four straight opening day victory's for the Bona women. Previous season opening victories include Bucknell (2007-08), Siena (2006-07) and Cornell (2005-06). The Bonnies now have a 19-18 all-time mark in their initial game of the season, while the club owns a 6-3 season opening mark under head coach Jim Crowley.


St. Bonaventure Head Coach
Jim Crowley
@ St. Bonaventure: 89-141 (9th)
Overall: 128-179 (12th)
Vs. Canisius: 4-1

Canisius Head Coach
Terry Zeh
@ Canisius: 69-53 (5th)
Overall: same
Vs. St. Bonaventure: 1-3



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