PREVIEW: Bona women open season with Friday slate at Duquesne

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By Dustyn Green

PITTSBURGH, PA — It has been over nine months since the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team and head coach Jesse Fleming have played an official game. However, that will change on Friday afternoon when the Duquesne Dukes and head coach Dan Burt play host to the Bonnies.

The Dukes have an immediate advantage, as they have played two games already this season, facing Ohio State and St. Francis (PA). The Dukes fell to the then-20th ranked Buckeyes, 82-47, before edging St. Francis, 69-67. This will be the team’s “home” opener, as the game will be played at La Roche University.

In each of the first two matchups, at least three players tallied 15 or more minutes off the bench for Duquesne. Tanaya Beacham had 23 minutes against the Buckeyes, and Jada Dupaa clocked in for 20 against St. Francis. Despite seeing a significant amount of action in those games, the bench only scored a total of 42 points.

Amanda Kailin has averaged 13.5 points per game to lead the team over its first two games, while Laia Sole has been a double-double threat, averaging 7.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

The Dukes have seen a total of 116 points on their side of the scoreboard. Of those 116 points, 96 of them have come from either in the paint or on the free-throw line. The Dukes have made 81.8% of their shots from the charity stripe.

If they’re going to find success, the Bonnies need to take the paint away from Duquesne and exhaust the Dukes on defense to force them into tough situations.

The game commences at 2 p.m. on Friday, and will be broadcasted on ESPN+.

Men’s basketball conference schedule released for Bona, A-10

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By Peter Byrne

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — Coming into the day, St. Bonaventure only had three games on its men’s basketball schedule, all of them being non-conference.

However, today, the Atlantic 10 came released its conference schedule for the 2020-2021 season.

The Bonnies will start conference play with a home game against the Saint Louis Billikens. The exact date is to be determined at this time, but it should be both the conference and home opener for the Bonnies in A-10 play.

The Bonnies will play Richmond, who was picked to finish first in the league, twice in January, the first meeting being in Virginia on Jan. 2, followed by a Jan. 20 meeting at the Reilly Center.

Finally, the Bonnies will have their final home game on Feb. 28 against Dayton and will finish the regular season at Duquesne on March 3.

Here is SBU’s complete A-10 schedule.

Date   Opponent    Television   Time  

TBD | vs Saint Louis 

12/30 | at Rhode Island  

1/2 | at Richmond | CBSSN 

1/6 | vs Saint Joseph’s 

1/9 | vs George Washington | NBCSN | 12:00 pm  

1/13 | at Fordham 

1/16 | vs Duquesne  

1/20 | vs Richmond | CBSSN 

1/23 | at Saint Louis | ESPN 

1/30 | at Davidson | CBSSN 

2/3 | at Saint Joseph’s 

2/6 | vs George Mason 

2/14 | at Massachusetts | NBCSN | 2:00 pm  

2/17 | vs VCU | CBSSN 

2/21| at George Washington | NBCSN | 2:30 pm  

2/24 | vs LaSalle  

2/28 | vs Dayton | ESPN  

3/3 | at Duquesne