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How the Bonnies can beat VCU in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals

St. Bonaventure’s women’s basketball team has history working against them going into Friday’s quarterfinal matchup against Virginia Commonwealth in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament. For starters, the Bonnies are winless in four games against the Rams since VCU joined the A-10 in 2012.

Look at the fine print, however.

VCU beat Bona by five points early last month, but that comes with an asterisk. The Bonnies were without second-leading scorer Miranda Drummond, who averaged 12.4 points per game this season and was a reliable option in the offense. The Bonnies led the A-10 in three-point shooting but made just 2 of 11 in that game.

The Bonnies’ success begins and ends with senior Katie Healy, the first-team all-conference pick from Lancaster. Healy averaged 15.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, converted 50.6 percent from the floor and had 45 blocks this season. She led Bona in all four categories. She’ll need to play well against a defense designed to stop her.

St. Bonaventure needs to get past its road woes if it’s to advance to the tournament semifinals. The Bonnies, 16-0 at home this season, were 7-6 on the road. Although the game Friday will be played at a neutral site, Richmond Coliseum is right around the corner from the VCU campus.

If the Bonnies keep their composure early in the game, settle into a defense that was fourth in the nation in field-goal percentage and get enough production from Healy’s supporting cast, they should win today. In fact, they’re capable of winning the whole thing and earning an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. It starts with beating VCU in a 2 p.m. tipoff.