The postseason has arrived for the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team.
The Bonnies begin play in the Atlantic 10 championships with a matchup against Virginia Commonwealth at 2 p.m. Friday (Radio 105.9 FM). The game will be played at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va.
The location of the game is a tough break for Bona. St. Bonaventure is the No. 4 seed to VCU’s No. 5, but the A-10 quarterfinal will be played in the Rams’ home city. Bona would prefer to be at home, where it was a perfect 16-0 this season.
The records of the two teams are similar. The Bonnies are 23-6 overall, 12-4 in conference play. The 23 wins are the second-biggest total in school history. Bona has wins over the top three seeds in the tournament – George Washington, Saint Louis and Duquesne.
Virginia Commonwealth is 22-8 overall, 11-6 in the conference. That includes a win over Richmond, the No. 13 seed, by a score of 62-42 on Thursday in a first-round matchup. Isis Thorpe led VCU with 13 points.
The Rams won the matchup with the Bonnies back on Feb. 3.
The University at Buffalo heads to Bowling Green in the finale of the Mid-American Conference’s regular season. It’s a game that carries some importance to the Bulls.
UB needs to win its game, and then receive some help in order to obtain a first-round bye in the MAC’s postseason tournament. Obviously, missing a game is one less chance to be eliminated, not to mention having benefits in terms of rest.
If the breaks don’t bounce UB’s way, the Bulls will host a first-round game at Alumni Arena on Monday night. Buffalo could finish anywhere from third to eighth. The top four teams receive a bye to the quarterfinals; only Akron is assured of not playing in one of Monday’s games.
The Bulls comes into the game at 16-14, 9-8 MAC, while the Falcons are 14-16, 5-12 MAC.