Oct. 30, 2012
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – For the first time in program history, the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team is receiving votes in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Bonnies begin the season with the 37th most points of any team in the land with six.
The Bonnies ran through 2011-12 schedule to a 31-4 record and a berth into the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. SBU finished last season at No. 21 in the Associated Press Poll, No. 23 in the Coaches Poll and were positioned as high as No. 16 in the nation during the week of March 5.
The Bonnies won the Atlantic 10 regular season title by running the table to a perfect 14-0 mark. They would advance to the championship game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament before being selected as a 5-seed in the Raleigh Region of the NCAA Tournament. SBU would go on to defeat Florida Gulf Coast and Marist to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. By season's end, the Brown and White had amassed a 4-2 record against teams that were ranked or receiving votes in the final Coaches Poll.
SBU returns two starters and six total letterwinners from last year's squad. Head coach Jim Crowley, the reigning A-10 Coach of the Year and ESPN.com National Coach of the Year, brings in a class of six freshmen to go with his returning core.
Senior guard Alaina Walker was recently named to the Preseason A-10 All-Defensive Team. She was named to the A-10 All-Defensive Team at the end of last season. Senior forward Chelsea Bowker (7.1 pts, 2.7 reb) will sit out the 2012-13 campaign with an ankle injury but will be eligible to return for the 2013-14 season.
The Bonnies get their season underway this Saturday (Nov. 3) with an exhibition at home against Edinboro. Tip off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The regular season tips off Nov. 10 in the Reilly Center against Binghamton at 1:00 p.m.
For the complete preseason polls click here