St. Bonaventure University Athletic News
January 23, 2012ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The 18-2 St. Bonaventure women's basketball team just missed cracking the top-25 in the Associated Press Poll Monday for the first time in program history, checking in as the No. 27 team in the nation with 42 votes.
The Bonnies – who sit atop the Atlantic 10 standings as the lone unbeaten team at 5-0 – were just five votes shy of No. 25 North Carolina, which garnered 47 votes. Georgia Tech claimed 46 votes for the No. 26 slot.
The 42 votes are more than triple Bonaventure's previous high, which was 13 on Dec. 15, 2009. This is the latest in a season the Bonnies have ever been receiving votes, and is the third-straight week and record fifth time this campaign.
St. Bonaventure erased a 13-point second-half deficit in snapping Charlotte's six-game winning streak on Saturday evening to continue its best-ever start to season. In that contest, senior Jessica Jenkins broke the A-10 record for career 3-pointers as she now owns 293 makes.
SBU has won seven straight games – the second seven-game winning streak of the season already, and its 8-0 road record is the best in the nation. The win over Charlotte was the third victory over a team picked ahead of Bonaventure in the preseason A-10 poll.
Bonaventure's difficult conference-opening slate continues as it returns home to the Reilly Center to host Saint Joseph's on Wednesday. The Hawks (13-5 overall, 3-1 A-10) were picked to finish 5th in the league in preseason voting. The contest will be the fourth time already this A-10 slate that the Bonnies battle a team picked to finish ahead of them in the league ledger. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. from Bob Lanier Court.