Happy New Year all from the We Wear the Ring staff!!!
New Year’s Day is Dollar Day at Duquesne for the women’s home game to Saint Bonaventure. All tickets, hot dogs, and sodas are only $1 for the nationally televised game tonight.
As for the game itself, Saint Bonaventure enters at 11-4 and an RPI of 92. The Dukes, fresh of back-to-back losses to local opponents West Virginia and Pitt, come into the matchup tonight at 8-5 and a 92 RPI.
Scouting St. Bonaventure.
Coach Crowley is a halfcourt tactician. Expect a deliberate and disciplined game. The Bonnies are very strong inside, and perhaps their best four players are all forwards. The one area to capitalize on this is shooting the three, as the Bonnies don’t get out to defend it well from what I’ve seen on video this year.
The best of the forwards is Katie Healy, a sophomore. Last year early on you could see Katie’s talent and competitiveness right away, willing to in her second game ever go up against Lauren Gatto of Niagara, on the road in a rivarly game nonetheless, and keep attacking Gatto and defending well. After watching that game, I knew the Bonnies had a good one in Healy. She can play any position two through five at 6-1, has great ballhandling skills, and defends on the ball well. The entire offense will run through Healy.
Redshirt freshman Gabby Richmond is the second best post player right now for the Bonnies. Coming into her own after sitting out two years (she missed her senior year of high school with an injury, then redshirted), Richmond appears to be a solidly built inside player whose defense kept her in the starting lineup after missing two seasons. She’s getting 11 and 6 in a slowdown system where she has to contend with her teammates for boards.
Chelsea Bowker is a 5th year graduate who missed last year with ankle issues. Bowker is a 5-11 small forward with a good shooting touch. She’s the only girl that the should overly stretch the Dukes on defense, but her defense and experience make up for what she’s lacking for ballhandling skills from being 5-11.
Sophomore guards Nyla Rueter and Emily Michael round out the starting lineup. From what I’ve seen, Olivia Bresnahan and April Robinson should both be in good spots with their matchups. Rueter does shoot 86% from the line.
I’m more concerned with sophomore Hannah Little off the bench than either Reuter or Michael. The sophomore forward has a plus-matchup against whoever Burt elects to defend Little with provided Szecsi is on Katie Healy.
I think the Dukes, especially at home, match up well against the Bonnies. The two teams may be close on paper, but a plus matchup propels the Dukes by 9, 76-67