By: Teddy Caputo
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies women’s basketball team finished the season last year with a record of 8-22, including 5-9 in non-conference play and 3-13 in conference play. Junior Danielle Migliore was one of the most improved players in the A-10 last season, and she’s looking to help the Bonnies turn things around this year.
Even though the team struggled last year, Migliore, a Frankfort, New York native, had a breakout season. In her freshman year, she played in 20 games and averaged 1.7 points per game, one rebound per game and eight minutes per game. In her sophomore year, she started in 29 of their 30 games and averaged 10.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in 32 minutes per game. Migliore had the second-best increase in scoring average year-to-year of any A-10 player.
Danielle Migliore talked about her success last year and how it can help her prepare for this year.
“It helps me knowing how much work I put in last year,” said Migliore. “If I want to continue staying consistent, then I got to keep putting in the work that I did offseason of freshman year going into my sophomore year. Knowing that hard work does pay off sticks in my head.”
Migliore talked about how she has prepared for the season.
“Since I knew that I could be successful, I’ve continued working on being consistent, whether that is going to the gym more than the year before or speeding up my foot work and shot. Hopefully that helps,” said Migliore.
Migliore is looking for more success from herself and the team this season. Migliore talked about what she thought the team could have done better last season.
“Our chemistry was always there, but we didn’t know how to handle the game when we were ahead,” said Migliore. “We’ve been used to playing and winning games while we were down for most of the game. But, when we were ahead for most of the game, we would always let a team get back into the game. We didn’t know how to finish games and didn’t handle the pressure well.”
Migliore also spoke about what she likes about the team this year and what the offseason was like.
“We’re a more loose team and we like to have fun, and that’s when we play good,” said Migliore. “Compared to last year, we didn’t play like we were enjoying it as much.”
The Bonnies did lose some key players from last year’s team such as sophomore guards Jalisha Terry and Rhianna Council, but they also added five new players to the roster. When talking about the new players on the team, Migliore spoke highly of them.
“I think the younger girls have become more used to what we do here,” said Migliore. “They’re always on time for things, we always play together and run through the offense and defense repetitively, so it gives us greater team chemistry now.”
Migliore continued, “My role for the younger girls is to lead by example. I’m not the type to constantly get on their case and tell them to do ‘this, this and this’, but I could be in the gym or practicing my jump shot and they could look up to that.”
Migliore joins teammate senior guard Mckenna Maycock, as the most experienced players on the team this year.
In the women’s exhibition game on Friday, Nov., 2 2018 against Alfred University, Danielle Migliore scored 14 points on 5-9 shooting coming off the bench, also adding six rebounds and two assists in an 88-43 victory. Migliore and the Bonnies play in their first regular season game of the season on the road against long-time rival Niagara University on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 7 p.m.