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Big 4 Hoops: Bona women at home, men face Mihalich's Hofstra team

St. Bonaventure’s women’s team draws a tough opponent at home while the men renew acquaintances with a familiar opponent on Tuesday night schedule for Western New York Big 4 basketball teams.

Bucknell (5-3) will face the Bona women (4-3) in the Reilly Center at 7. The Bonnies have won their last three, in games they led all the way. The visiting Bison, defending Patriot League regular season champion and preseason favorite this season, are coming off a close loss at Rutgers. Senior Claire DeBoer, the preseason player of the year leads Bucknell, which went 17-1 in conference play last season.

Coach Jesse Fleming’s Bonnies started the season with losses to Big 4 rivals Niagara and Canisius but have righted things since. One reason is the improve play of freshman guard Jalisha Terry, who was named Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week.

The St. Bonaventure men will face coach Joe Mihalich’s Hofstra Pride in Hempstead at 7 p.m. Hofstra defeated the Bonnies, 89-83, at the Reilly Center last season. It gave Mihalich an 11-4 career record against Bona, including 14 games in his 15 seasons as head coach at Niagara. Mihalich has a 60-50 record for three-plus seasons at the Long Island college.

Each side comes into the game on a four-game winning streak. The Bonnies’ wins have been over Central Michigan, Pepperdine, Siena and the University at Buffalo. Hofstra owns victories over Bradley, Columbia, Medaille and Florida Atlantic.

Bona guard Jaylen Adams, this week’s A-10 Player of the Week, leads the team with a 22.3 scoring average. Guard Matt Mobley is averaging 20.7.

Freshman Eli Pemberton had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Hofstra in its victory over Florida Atlantic. He leads the team in scoring at 15.3. Senior outside shooter Brian Bernardi averages 14.4

Last season’s Western New York Player of the Year Stafford Trueheart from Canisius High, is on the Hofstra roster, but he has not played in a game yet and seemed destined to redshirt this season.

 

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