The Belle Jar- Union Station
Mar 5, 2014
Bona Women's Basketball: Why You Should Pay Attention, by Jeff Landers
I understand that unless you live in Tennessee or Connecticut, women’s basketball probably doesn't top your list of favorite sports. But I am going to give you three reasons why you should care about St. Bonaventure’s women’s basketball team.
1. They are winning, and there’s nothing people like more than winners. The 63-60 upset victory over then #14/13 George Washington on February 16 set the program’s single-season record at 17. They’re not done yet, either. The Bonnies have three games left before heading to Philadelphia for the Atlantic-10 Tournament.2. These girls can play. Many people live their lives under the assumption that men’s basketball is just a better game than women’s basketball. While it may be generally true that men are stronger and faster than women, it doesn’t mean the game itself is better. The women’s breed of basketball is, in most cases, a more fundamentally sound game than the men’s game. The Bonnies tend to use more set offenses, setting more screens and distributing the ball with higher frequency. Head coach Jim Crowley likes his team to spread the floor and use as little dribbling as possible.
3. They are true student athletes. No welding scandals can be found here. These Bonnies ranked third on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Team Honor Roll with an overall GPA of 3.594 during the 2006-07 academic year. Not to mention junior guard Katelyn Murray boasts a 4.0 overall average… as a bio major.
If you can’t root for a team that is winning - and doing it the right way - then you probably shouldn’t be a college-basketball fan at all. St. Bonaventure's women's program is on the upswing, and you should be paying attention. The Bonnies’ remaining schedule follows:
2/24 vs. St. Louis (1 p.m. Reilly Center) *
2/27 @ UMass (7 p.m. Mullins Center)
3/1 vs. Xavier (1 p.m. Reilly Center) *
* Listen live on 88.3 The Buzz in Olean/Allegany or log on to wsbufm.net.
Jeff Landers is Station Manager of 88.3 The Buzz and announced play-by-play for the women's basketball team from 2006 to 2008.