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By Katie Faulkner @kfaulkner20
The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team travels to New York City for a Wednesday night matchup with Fordham at 7 p.m. The Bonnies enter the week at 11-3 in Atlantic 10 play and 22-5 overall after a 70-63 victory over La Salle on Saturday afternoon. Senior Katie Healy registered a team-high 22 points and five assists in the win.
Fordham (12-15, 7-7 A-10) continues to struggle offensively, as it is currently ranked last in the Atlantic 10 in scoring with 53 points per game.
The Rams have just one player averaging double-figure scoring in Samantha Clark with 12 points per game. The senior averages 37 minutes of playing time and leads the league with nine rebounds per contest. The 6-foot-2 G’mrice Davis averages nine points and seven rebounds.
The game will likely be a defensive-minded one, as the matchup will display the league’s top two scoring defenses. While the Bonnies are allowing just 54 points per game, the Rams aren’t far behind with 55. Also, SBU is holding its opponents to 28 percent shooting from long range.
The Bonnies lead the all-time series over Fordham, 22-13. However, they will look to avenge a loss at Rose Hill Gym last year. Overcoming an 11-point deficit was not enough for the Bonnies as the Rams stole the game 54-51. SBU claimed a 55-41 win at the Reilly Center on Jan. 7 of this year behind 14 points apiece from Healy and Nyla Rueter. Fordham’s Clark and Danielle Burns had 10 points each in the loss.
As of Tuesday, the Bonnies’ RPI stands at 36. With 11 conference victories, SBU has earned double-digit wins in A-10 play for just the third time in the last 29 seasons. Although the Bonnies have two more games to play before traveling to Richmond, they received a top-four seed, along with Duquesne, George Washington and Saint Louis, and will earn a bye through to Friday’s quarterfinals. They are currently ranked second behind Duquesne (12-2).