Monday, January 16, 2012

Bonnies Continue To Garner Votes In Associated Press Poll

St. Bonaventure University Athletic News
January 16, 2012
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – For the second week in a row and fourth time this season, the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team is Receiving Votes in the Associated Press Poll released Monday afternoon.

The Bonnies are off to a program-best 16-2 start, including a perfect 3-0 mark in Atlantic 10 Conference action following a 64-52 victory over Saint Louis Saturday afternoon. This is the first time the Bonnies have Received Votes four times in a single year, and the votes are enough to rank them in a tie for 31st in the nation.

Only three schools in the entire country – No. 1 Baylor (17-0), No. 2 Notre Dame (17-1) and No. 10 Ohio State (17-1) – have more wins than St. Bonaventure.

Bonaventure is 6-2 against teams which rank in the top-100 of the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), the best record of all A-10 schools; Richmond, Saint Joseph's and Temple all have four wins against top-100 teams.

This is the latest in a season that Bona has ever Received Votes in the national polls, and is just the eighth time in program history. The club Received Votes in the AP Poll on Dec. 19 and Dec. 26 earlier this campaign, in addition to last week.

The 16 wins are already tied for the fifth-most in a single season in program history, bested only by the previous four years.

The Brown and White ranks second in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (12.2), 14th in the nation in free-throw shooting (77.5 percent) and 18th in the country in scoring defense (52.3 points per game). On an individual level, senior Jessica Jenkins is just nine 3-pointers shy of breaking the program and A-10 record of 291 3's in a career.

Bonaventure is the only team in the A-10 with 16 victories, two more than its next-closest competitor. That competitor is 14-3 Richmond, which will visit the Reilly Center on Wednesday evening as the two teams with the best records in the A-10 clash. Tipoff is set for 7 as SBU aims for its first-ever 4-0 start in A-10 play.

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