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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio
The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball seniors play what may be their final game in the Reilly Center on Sunday at 1, and it’s a big one against league-leading Duquesne.
Bonaventure honors seniors Katie Healy, Emily Michael, Kelcie Rombach and Nyla Rueter before the matinee. The group has not lost at the RC since Feb. 25, 2015.
The Bonnies (22-6, 11-4 in the A-10) would strengthen their NCAA Tournament chances with a win over the Dukes (25-3, 13-2 in the A-10), who have lost just one game in their last ten games.
After a surprising 18-point loss to George Washington on Jan. 17, Duquesne has outscored its opponents 725-619. C
Coach Dan Burt’s team ended Bona’s 16-game winning streak on Jan. 23, with a 74-62 victory in the Palumbo Center. A 41-28 rebounding edge and 14-4 advantage in bench points helped the Dukes vanquish the brown and white.
In addition to being at the top of the standings, the Dukes lead the conference in points per game (73.5), scoring margin (plus-12.8), three-point defense (26.8 percent) and three-point field goals made per game (7.5).
Senior guard April Robinson leads her team in scoring with 15.2 points per game, good for seventh in the A-10 at fractions less than SBU’s Katie Healy, who averages 15.5. Senior guard Deva’Nyar Workman is not far behind with 14 a contest on 46 percent shooting, while 6-foot-3 junior forward Amadea Szamosi scores 12 a game.
Despite being a 5-foot-10 guard, Workman is fourth in the league in rebounding, averaging 9.2 a contest. Szamosi is seventh on that list with eight boards a game.
The Dukes are coming in with plenty of momentum after routing La Salle last time out, 74-49. Kadri-Ann Lass, a 6-foot-3 freshman guard/forward from Estonia, led the team with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting and nine rebounds, while Robinson added 16 and Szamosi chipped in 14.
Bonaventure is hoping to get back on the winning track after falling 77-68 at Fordham on Wednesday. The brown and white are trying to stay undefeated in the Reilly Center, where they are 15-0 this season.