Youssou Ndoye notched a team-high 19 points and 10 rebounds to pace four double-digit scorers to lead St. Bonaventure to an 82-72, wire-to-wire victory over LaSalle on Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Championship. With the win, the Bonnies (17-14) advanced to face top seeded Saint Louis in tomorrow’s quarterfinal round at 12:00 p.m.
Charlon Kloof put the game away late with six straight points, highlighted by a rim-rattling dunk with just under two minutes left that extended the Bonnies’ lead to seven while and for all intents and purposes put the game on ice.
St. Bonaventure held a slim three-point lead at 70-67 following a pair of Tyreek Duren free throws with 3:41 to play, but closed out the game on 12-5 run thanks to scoring on each of its final six possessions.
Marquise Simmons scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds in one of his best performances of the season, while Kloof finished with 14 points and Jordan Gathers had 10. Dion Wright contributed nine points off the bench – all in the second half. Matthew Wright was held in check most of the day but did score eight points.
Posted on January 30, 2014 by St. Bonaventure Press Release
For the first time since 2000, St. Bonaventure has a win over a ranked opponent. Using balanced scoring, superb free throw shooting and a feisty defensive effort, the Bonnies defeated #21/19 Massachusetts 78-65 on Wednesday night in front of a raucous Reilly Center crowd.
St. Bonaventure had lost 24 consecutive games to ranked teams, including a 73-68 decision to the Minutemen in Amherst, Mass., on Jan. 11.
Despite shooting just 20 percent (6-29) in the first half, the Bonnies took a 26-25 lead into halftime. St. Bonaventure then outscored the Minutemen 52-40 in the second half, pulling in front for good with a 9-0 run that made it 64-54 with 5:27 left. Matthew Wright’s three-pointer with 52 seconds left was the final exclamation point as his shot made it 72-63.
Only a 67 percent free throw shooting team coming in, foul shooting was a key for the Brown and White, as they converted 30 out of 34 free throw attempts (88 percent).
Five Bonnies scored in double figures led by senior point guard Charlon Kloof with 14 points. Youssou Ndoye and Dion Wright had 12 points apiece; senior forward Marquise Simmons nearly had a double-double, scoring 10 and grabbing nine boards on the night, while Matthew Wright finished with 11 points.
St. Bonaventure limited UMass senior point guard Chaz Williams, who was recently named to the Wooden Award watch list, to 11 points before he fouled out late in the second half.
Bona Takes Down #21 UMass, 78-65 – continue reading…
Posted on January 28, 2014 by St. Bonaventure Press Release
Already a highly anticipated game on the schedule, the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball game against Rhode Island at the Reilly Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, now is a “can’t miss.”
Prior to the start of the game, St. Bonaventure University will retire the uniform number 44 worn by Andrew Nicholson, class of 2012.
Nicholson’s will become the ninth number retired in the program’s history.
Now a member of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, Nicholson will attend the Bonnies game in between Magic games; Orlando plays at home on Friday and then plays the Toronto Raptors in Nicholson’s hometown on Sunday, Feb. 23.
The ceremony to retire Nicholson’s number 44 will be held at 3:45 p.m. — 15 minutes prior to the scheduled 4 p.m. tipoff time.
Nicholson, a 6-foot-9 forward, is the second-leading scorer in St. Bonaventure history with 2,103 points. As a senior in 2011-12, he led the Bonnies to their first Atlantic 10 Conference tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Nicholson averaged 18.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game that year and was selected the A-10 Player of the Year as the Bonnies finished 20-12. It was their first 20-win season and first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2000.
Bonnies To Retire Nicholson’s No. 44 – continue reading…
Posted on January 28, 2014 by St. Bonaventure Press Release
Former St. Bonaventure University guard Alaina Walker (Class of 2013) will begin her professional basketball career in the top Portuguese league with Olivais Coimbra of Coimbra, Portugal.
Walker’s agent, Matthew Krejci of MK Sports and Entertainment LLC (Columbus, Ohio), said the deal was signed recently and Walker arrived in Portugal last week. Olivais Coimbra is currently in seventh place in its league with an 8-5 record and will look to make a push at a playoff berth in April.
As a senior for the Bonnies in 2012-13, Walker was second on the team with an average of 9.4 points per game. The Pomona, N.Y. native was also second on the team in rebounding, averaging 5.8 boards per game. During St. Bonaventure’s historic run to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in the 2011-12 season, Walker started every game and received Atlantic 10 Conference All-Defensive Team honors.
“To sign my first pro contract feels amazing, but I couldn’t do it without constant support from all my coaches both past and present, teammates, fans, and most of all my family. They never gave up on me so I never gave up on myself”, said Walker. “St. Bonaventure will forever hold a special place in my heart. I had the best coaching staff in all my years playing there and I couldn’t have made a better decision than to be a Bonnie. It’s not every day you get to be a part of something very special and my career there was all that and more.”
Two other former Bonnies’ women’s basketball greats, Stefanie Collins ’06 and Jessica Jenkins ’12, are currently teammates on the UWIC Cardiff Archers of the United Kingdom-English Basketball League (EBL). Jenkins, at 23 points per game, and Collins (17 points per game) lead their team in points and rank in the top of the EBL in scoring. Jenkins currently leads the EBL and Collins is sixth overall.
Former Bona Women’s Hoop Star Signs Pro Deal – continue reading…
Posted on January 7, 2014 by St. Bonaventure Press Release
Already immortalized with his #54 retired, Fred Crawford (Class of 1964) will be further honored as one of the greatest players in St. Bonaventure basketball history with a mural in the Reilly Center.
The seven-foot tall mural will be unveiled on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. in a ceremony that is open to the public. There is a doubleheader later that day when St. Bonaventure’s women host Saint Louis at 4:30 followed by the men against George Washington at 7:00.
The Crawford mural will be located inside the concourse of the RC arena, adjacent to a similar mural which honors brothers Tom and Sam Stith. The Stith mural was unveiled in June of 2012.
The new mural for Crawford was funded by contributions of St. Bonaventure alumni and friends, spearheaded by a group of Crawford’s classmates. It was created by ZE Design of Columbus, Ohio.
Crawford, who resides in Teaneck, N.J., will attend the unveiling.
Crawford Mural In Reilly Center To Be Unveiled January 18 – continue reading…
Posted on October 10, 2013 by St. Bonaventure Press Release
On Saturday, Nov. 16, the St. Bonaventure Department of Athletics will induct four former student-athletes into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame. The Class of 2013 will be J.R. Bremer ’02 (basketball), Mikko Haulos ’03 (tennis), Vili Nurmi ’03 (tennis) and Tricia Hildebrand-Fisher ’03 (softball).
The induction ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in Rigas Theater inside the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The event is open to the public.
A look at the illustrious careers of the Hall of Fame Class of 2013:
One of the great guards in SBU history, Bremer ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in points (1,732, 9th), 3-pointers made (223, 2nd), steals (185, 6th), assists (334, 8th) and free-throw percentage (75.2, 14th). In Bremer’s four seasons, the Bonnies forged a 70-50 record – the most successful four-year run for Bonaventure since 1978-1981 – and earned three postseason berths, including a trip to the 2000 NCAA Tournament.
Bremer was among the nation’s most prolific scorers his senior season when he averaged 24.6 points per game – the second highest for a Bona player since Bob Lanier put up a 29.1 average in 1969-70. Bremer earned Atlantic 10 First Team honors as a senior in 2001-02 and was also named Chris Daniels Most Improved Player in the conference that season. An A-10 Third Team selection as a junior, the Cleveland Heights, Ohio, native garnered five A-10 Player of the Week citations over his career – second most in school history.
Four Set To Enter Bona Hall of Fame – continue reading…
Applications for the 26th Annual Larry Sudbrook Baseball Camps hosted on the St. Bonaventure campus this summer are now being accepted.
Separate camps will be held in consecutive weeks: a Full- and Half-Day camp from Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28 and an Elite Camp from Monday, July 1 through Friday, July 5.
The Full-Day Camp runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and is separated into 9-12 and 13-18 year-old divisions. The Half-Day Camp runs from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and is for boys and girls ages 6-8.
The cost of the Full-Day Camp is $150, the Half-Day camp is $80 and both include a camp T-shirt. Both camps feature training, workouts and multiple games daily.
The Elite Camp will have two sessions: ages 9-12 and ages 13-18. Both sessions will run from 9 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Only 12 players will be accepted for each session, and there will be three coaches for each session, offering excellent hands-on instruction with a player-to-coach ratio of 4:1. The Elite Camp is open to all skill levels but should only be considered by serious baseball players. The cost of the camp is $200.
Sudbrook To Hold 26th Annual Baseball Camps – continue reading…
Posted on February 25, 2013 by St. Bonaventure Press Release
Following a week in which he averaged 27.5 points and set the record for most points ever by a St. Bonaventure player in an Atlantic 10 Conference game, senior Eric Mosley was named the A-10 Player of the Week by league officials on Monday.
Mosley scored 39 points on Wednesday against Massachusetts to set the record in a 99-94 Bonaventure victory. The guard then added 16 points and a team-best five assists in a 78-71 win at Duquesne on Saturday, helping guide the Bonnies to consecutive wins for just the second time in the last two months.
The 39 point-performance – which efficiently came on 12-18 shooting, 5-8 from 3-point range and 10-10 from the free-throw line – is tied for the most points by an A-10 player in a game this year. Additionally, no Bonaventure player has scored more points in a regulation 40-minute game since Greg Sanders tallied 46 against Detroit in 1977.
Mosley A-10 Player of the Week After Record Performance – continue reading…
Posted on November 1, 2012 by St. Bonaventure Press Release
The 2012-13 St. Bonaventure men’s and women’s basketball seasons tip off Friday night when the Athletics Department hosts a student pep rally in the Reilly Center beginning at 7:45.
The event will feature performances from the hip-hop, cheerleading and step teams, and also the unveiling of the 2012-13 season video. Men’s and women’s player introductions and speeches from head women’s coach Jim Crowley and head men’s coach Mark Schmidt will also be made. Additionally, students will be able to participate in the ‘JJ for 3 Hot Shot’ and ‘Nicholson Thunder Dunk Obstacle Course’ skills competitions.
Students will receive the always-popular Wolfpack T-shirts – which have been completely redesigned this year – at the conclusion of the event, which is scheduled to last approximately one hour. The T-shirts will not be distributed until the end of the evening, and students must present a voucher in order to receive their shirt.
Only one shirt will be allowed per student, and students can only receive their voucher by entering through the main student entrance used for basketball games – the doors closest to the Richeter Center and RC Pool.
The general public is also encouraged to come out to the RC to get the basketball seasons officially underway Friday. Both teams begin their 2012-13 seasons on Saturday with an exhibition doubleheader. The women face Edinboro at 1 p.m., followed by the men versus Mansfield at 3.
Posted on September 24, 2012 by St. Bonaventure Press Release
St. Bonaventure redshirt senior defender Shannon Van Riper has been named the Atlantic 10 Conference women’s soccer Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
Van Riper totaled three goals on the weekend, including the game-winning goal on Friday against Niagara and the game-tying strike opposite Canisius on Sunday as the Bonnies earned two wins over their Little Three rivals, 4-3 and 3-2, respectively.
Both of her goals against Niagara came off corner kicks, while the strike against Canisius marked her second penalty kick goal of the season.
The Player of the Week honor is the first in Van Riper’s career and represents the first defender to win the award this year. Van Riper also won Co-Rookie of the Week during her freshman season in 2008, and earlier in the day Monday was named College Sports Madness A-10 Player of the Week. This also marks the first time a Bonaventure player has won the award outright since Anna Cunningham in 2010.
Bona’s Van Riper A-10 Player of the Week – continue reading…
Posted on September 19, 2012 by St. Bonaventure Press Release
Former St. Bonaventure University guard Jessica Jenkins will begin her professional basketball career in the top Icelandic league, Premier Dominos, with the Keflavik club of Keflavik, Iceland.
Her agent, Matthew C. Krejci, of MK Sports and Entertainment LLC (Columbus, OH) said the deal was signed Monday and Jenkins is ready to showcase her long-range shooting prowess overseas.
“I’m looking forward to being able to continue playing basketball” Jenkins said. “I know this new level will bring challenges but I have been working hard all summer for this opportunity and I know that the last four years at St. Bonaventure have prepared me to the fullest.”
Sigurour Ingimundarson, the Keflavik coach and the most successful coach in Icelandic history, said he and the club look at Jenkins as a great acquisition and he is looking forward to the season with Jenkins on board, “We are very excited to get this sharp shooter on our young Keflavik team. We have high hopes for her and believe she can be the last piece in the puzzle to bring all the titles back to Keflavik where they truly belong!”
Former Bona Star Jenkins To Play In Iceland – continue reading…
Former St. Bonaventure women’s soccer defensive standout Katie Krisko has signed a professional contract to join Gustafs GoIF in Sweden’s Second Division.
Krisko, who graduated in May, was a four-year starter for the Bonnies, anchoring the defensive backline for the Brown and White each season. She will join her new team in Sweden on Friday.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to continue my soccer career in Sweden,” Krisko said. “I’m anxious to get back on the field and make an impact. I can’t thank my family, coaches and friends enough for all their support and encouragement in helping me do what I love.”
A native of Ashland, Ohio, Krisko made an immediate impact for SBU in her first season, being named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. Krisko started 17 of 19 games, helping lead the Bonnies to five shutouts and also chipped in with two game-winning goals and 10 points on the campaign (4 G, 2 A).
Bona Soccer Star Signs To Play In Sweden – continue reading…
St. Bonaventure added three members to its Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon as Hilary Waltman ’99, Jim Meicke ’87 and Mary Jane “M.J.” Telford were honored for their prolific achievements in the Brown and White.
Induction into the Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the intercollegiate athletics program at St. Bonaventure University and who have continued to demonstrate in their lives the values imparted by intercollegiate athletics.
Waltman is the women’s basketball program’s all-time leading scorer with 2,106 career points and, at the time of her graduation, was the only Bonnies player to score more than 2,000 points. One of just two Bona players to average more than 20 points per game twice in a season, she set SBU career records in field goals made (742), field goal percentage (54.1), steals (317), free throw attempts (765) and free throws made (588).
Bona Inducts Three Into Hall – continue reading…
St. Bonaventure Athletic Department officials will induct three new members into the Hall of Fame this Saturday, June 2, at 1 p.m. in the Reilly Center as part of the University’s Alumni Weekend. The event is free and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
As originally announced in February, women’s basketball standout Hilary Waltman ’99, men’s soccer great Jim Meicke ’87 and women’s basketball player and trailblazing head coach Mary Jane “M.J.” Telford’75 will be the latest class welcomed into the Hall of Fame.
For those unable to attend the event, it will be streamed live and free of charge for the first time on GoBonnies.com by clicking here or by selecting the“Multimedia” tab and then choosing“All-Access” from GoBonnies.com. The event will also be archived and available to watch following the ceremony.
Below is more information about each of the inductees:
Bona To Induct Three Into Hall Saturday – continue reading…
Coming off the most successful season in St. Bonaventure women’s basketball history, Athletic Director Steve Watson announced on Monday that head coach Jim Crowley has signed a long-term extension to remain at St. Bonaventure.
Specifics of the deal will not be disclosed, but the latest extension secures Crowley through the end of the 2018-19 season. Last June, Crowley signed an extension through the end of the 2016-17 campaign.
Crowley guided the Bonnies to the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth this past year, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen before losing to eventual national runner-up Notre Dame.
Crowley Signs Long-Term Extension With Bonnies – continue reading…
Keep pinching yourself if you must, but all you’ll get out of it is a nasty bruise. This isn’t a dream. St. Bonaventure (31-3) is in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Bonnies survived a last-gasp 3-pointer and defeated 13th-seeded Marist, 66-63, Tuesday night in the Second Round of the tournament. They will face top-seeded Notre Dame (32-3) Sunday in Raleigh, N.C at 2:30 p.m.
Senior Jessica Jenkins drilled six 3-pointers and scored 22 points, and sophomore Doris Ortega (13 points) grabbed 10 rebounds to lead a dominant performance on the boards by the fifth-seeded Bonnies, who outrebounded Marist, 40-26.
“Coach told me before the game I’d be able to crash the boards because they ball watch sometimes, and I knew how important those (extra) possessions could be,” said Ortega, who had five of SBU’s 15 offensive rebounds.
Bonnies Dance Into Sweet 16, Face Notre Dame – continue reading…
St. Bonaventure’s Jim Crowley was one of just four finalists named by Atlanta Tipoff Club members for the Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year on Friday, joining Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer, Baylor’s Kim Mulkey and Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw.
Crowley, who has already won Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year and ESPN.com National Coach of the Year honors, has led the Bonnies to a program-record 29 wins against just three losses. Bonaventure, despite losing in the A-10 Championship final, earned a berth in its first NCAA Tournament as a No. 5 seed and will face 12th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast in Tallahassee, Fla. on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (approximately). The game can be seen on ESPN2.
A southern New York native, Crowley has guided SBU to four straight seasons of 20+ wins and postseason berths as it has qualified for the Women’s National Invitation Tournament each of the previous three years.
Crowley Named Naismith Coach of the Year Finalist – continue reading…
Posted on March 19, 2012 by St Bonaventure Press Release
With its back against the wall one more time this season, the fifth-seeded St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team (30-3) responded once again as it erased an 11-point deficit in the final six minutes and defeated 12th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast, 72-65, Sunday to earn the program’s first NCAA Tournament victory.
Down 11 with 6 minutes to play, its defense being shredded for layup after layup and its offense unable to muster anything resembling a quality shot, St. Bonaventure had the body language of a group of pallbearers.
Then, Megan Van Tatenhove hit a jumper. Armelia Horton drilled two free throws. The Bonnies forced a turnover. And when Chelsea Bowker buried a three-pointer to cut the lead to five with 4:34 left, the small, but boisterous section of Bona faithful erupted in unison with the Bonnies’ bench.
Lady Bonnies Stay Alive In NCAA Tourney – continue reading…
Behind a near triple-double from senior Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure (20-11) won its first Atlantic 10 Championship title and clinched its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2000 with a 67-56 win over Xavier Sunday afternoon.
The Bonnies earned a 14th seed and will face third-seeded Florida State in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday
Nicholson finished with game highs of 26 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks en route to being named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Performer. Nicholson’s eight rejections are a championship game record, and the 14 rebounds are one shy of tying the title game record.
Bonn Wins A-10 Tourney, Earn Dance With Florida State – continue reading…
St. Bonaventure head coach Mark Schmidt was chosen by staff writers and editors at Sporting News as the Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year, the publication announced on its website Tuesday.
Schmidt guided the Bonnies to a 17-11 overall record, going 10-6 in conference play in 2011-12. The 17 wins tied a career best for Schmidt — who went 17-11 with Robert Morris during the 2006-07 season prior to his arrival – and rank as the most for the Brown and White since the 2001-02 season (17-13).
The 10-6 standing in A-10 play was enough to tie Xavier for third in the conference and the fourth seed – along with a first-round bye – in the A-10 Championship this weekend in Atlantic City, N.J. It also marked just the third season in program history with 10 conference wins, and the first since the 1999-2000 squad went 11-5 en route to the NCAA Tournament.
Schmidt Sporting News A-10 Coach of the Year – continue reading…
St. Bonaventure’s Andrew Nicholson has been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, the league office announced Monday.
Nicholson embarked on an unprecedented run down the stretch of the Atlantic 10 schedule, averaging 25.3 points and 11.5 rebounds over the final eight conference games to help SBU secure the No. 4 seed and a bye in the Atlantic 10 Championship at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
The senior also earned his second consecutive First Team All-Conference and All-Defensive Team plaudits.
He became the first player ever in the Atlantic 10 to earn four straight Player of the Week awards, putting the finishing touches on a regular season that included his 2,000th career point, seven double-doubles, the first 20-20 game since Bob Lanier in 1967, his 200th career block and the Bonnies’ best win percentage since 1999-00.
Andrew Nicholson Named A-10 Player of Year – continue reading…
Posted on February 23, 2012 by St. Bonaventure Press Release
Andrew Nicholson totaled game-highs of 30 points and nine rebounds to lead four Bona players in double figures as St. Bonaventure (15-10, 8-5 Atlantic 10) dominated Fordham (9-17, 2-11) at Rose Hill, 89-63, on Wednesday.
The senior went 10-of-14 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, pacing the Bonnies to their third win in four games. A leading candidate for Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, Nicholson has tallied 25.2 points and 11.8 boards in his last five games, while making 6-of-7 3-pointers and converting at 66.2 percent from the field overall.
The victory vaulted SBU into a three-way tie for third place in the conference standings. It also ensured that the Bonnies will finish above .500 in the league and overall in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2001 and 2002.
Nicholson Leads Bona Over Fordham – continue reading…
Posted on February 14, 2012 by St. Bonaventure Press Release
Following a pair of road victories last week, the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team (24-2, 11-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) moved up to No. 22 in the Associated Press Poll Monday afternoon.
The Bonnies remain the only A-10 team – men’s or women’s – ranked in the poll as they’ve won a program-record 13 straight games. Their most recent victory – a 56-55 triumph in the closing seconds at Dayton – extended their road record to a nation-best 12-0. Not only is the record the best in the country, but the dozen road wins leads all Division I teams.
The only school in the nation with more wins than St. Bonaventure is No. 1 Baylor (25-0). No. 4 Notre Dame – which lost at home to now-No. 25 West Virginia, a team the Bonnies beat on the road – is also 24-2 on the year.
Bona Women Move Up To 22 In AP Poll – continue reading…
Posted on February 12, 2012 by BSD Staff/School Reports
Saturday was very good to three of the local Division I college programs as St. Bonaventure, Niagara and UB were all victorious. Here’s a recap of each game, courtesy of school reports.
St. Bonaventure’s Andrew Nicholson posted 21 points and 23 rebounds to mark the school’s first 20-20 double double on record since Bob Lanier’s 34-and-27 Dec. 22, 1967, as St. Bonaventure (13-9, 6-4) defeated Duquesne (14-10, 5-5) 69-48 at the Reilly Center.
Nicholson’s effort on the glass ranks as the third-best single-game total in school history behind 27-, 24-, and 23-rebound games from Lanier, a member of the Naismith Hall of Fame. The Mississauga, Ont. native joins Bona basketball icons Lanier, Glen Price (21-20) and Essie Hollis (21) as the only other players in school history to grab 20 or more boards in a single game.
Big Wins For Bona, UB & Niagara – continue reading…
Posted on February 6, 2012 by St. Bonaventure Press Release
For the first time in program history, the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team is ranked in the national polls. The 22-2 Bonnies – who just missed out the last two weeks – checked in at No. 25 in the Associated Press Poll.
The ranking is also a first for any Big 4 women’s basketball team, and marks the first time in more than 40 years that a Big 4 basketball team is nationally ranked. The Bonaventure men were the last Big 4 school to be ranked in January 1971 – a season before the women’s program at Bona even existed.
“The ranking is a great piece of national recognition that our players have worked extremely hard to achieve,” head coach Jim Crowley said. “While we’re certainly excited and proud of the ranking, we need to make sure that our focus remains on the next game.”
Bona Women’s Basketball Ranked For First Time Ever – continue reading…