Women’s basketball: Bonnies hope to bounce back in Pink Game

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By Katie Faulkner @kfaulkner20

The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team is set to hold its annual Pink Game as it hosts Saint Louis this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Reilly Center. The night will celebrate cancer survivors by offering free admission for all survivors and $3 tickets for their family members.

The Bonnies are coming off of a 52-47 road loss against VCU last Wednesday at the Siegel Center. Despite a game-high 19 points, senior Katie Healy committed her second foul with 7:36 left in the second quarter and would be forced to sit for the remainder of the half. The two teams exchanged baskets throughout the fourth quarter, but an off-shooting night for the Bonnies would allow the Rams to power ahead in the final minutes.

This will mark the 11th all-time meeting between the two teams with St. Bonaventure leading the series, 7-3. The Billikens have never won in the Reilly Center and surrendered a home loss last season when the Bonnies rallied back from 20 points down to secure the victory, 57-55. Healy and Nyla Rueter notched 20 and 13 points, respectively, in the win.

Saint Louis has won seven of its last eight games and is currently 18-5 overall and 8-2 in the Atlantic 10. It is averaging 71.7 points per game and holding opponents to 60.6 points per game.

The Billikens get to the line often and are ranked first in the A-10 in free throw percentage at 74.7 percent. Although the Bonnies are ranked second at 74.4 percent, Saint Louis has 130 more attempts on the season.

Sophomore guard Jackie Kemph leads the way for her squad with 15.3 points and 6.8 assists per game. 6-foot-3 forward Sadie Stipanovich adds 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds, while redshirt senior Jamesia Price chips in with 9.4 points per contest. As a freshman, Kemph was a member of the A-10 All-Rookie team and ranked 25th in the nation in assists (5.6 per game).

After a strong start, the brown and white continue to struggle on the boards and are now being outrebounded by their opponents, 37-35. The Billikens are averaging 38 rebounds per game.

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