Last week, the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team earned votes in both the AP poll and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll after being mid-major darling Marist.
This week, the Bonnies ran their record to 10-0 with a win over Buffalo (which actually dropped their RPI ranking) and another quality win Bowling Green.
So this week, I decided to give them the No. 25 spot in my Associated Press ballot.
Curt Miller, the coach of Bowling Green, knows something about building success. He has five Mid-American Conference championships to his credit and the Falcons have gained respect in the women's college basketball world. In 2007, Miller recalls that his team of tough, smart players overachieved to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16. He sees many of the same components in the Bonnies this year.
First, is that blend of smartness and aggressiveness. It may take years of the coaching staff's collective lives, but the Bonnies have a way of finally getting down to business in a game. When they start to see their opponents get tired or relax just a bit, Bona goes in to close the deal.
Second is the addition of center Megan Van Tatenhove. Miller lauded her ability to have a diverse game -- someone who can play strong in the post but hit a jumper. She offers a variety of offensive looks which makes it difficult for her to guard at times.
All that being said it is, after all, only December. And the Atlantic 10 is not the easiest proving ground in women's basketball.
But when the Bona women are good, they are very good. And they've earned the right to a healthy amount of buzz.
--- Amy Moritz