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Jenkins prepares for 3-point showdown

The season is over for the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team, but the beat continues for senior Jessica Jenkins. Jenkins will be traveling to New Orleans to participate in the State Farm Women's 3-Point Championship on Thursday on the campus of Tulane University.

The event is part of the 24th annual slam dunk and three-point shooting championships traditionally held the Thursday before the men's Final Four in the event's host city. This year, for the first time, ESPN will air the event live from 9-11 p.m.

Jenkins will compete against Purdue's Brittany Rayburn, USC's Ashley Corral, Louisville's Becky Burke, Michigan State's Taylor Alton, Toledo's Courtney Ingersoll and South Carolina's Markeshia Grant with possible additions coming in the next day.

The winner will face off against the men's later in the evening.

Jenkins has quite the long distance resume. Her 338 career three-pointers smashed the school and Atlantic 10 conference record of 291. She hit eight three pointers in a game three different times this season. In her career she's knocked down five or more in a game 25 times.

But perhaps the most fun fact on the Jenkins' Three-Point resume is this tidbit: She owns more than 100 pairs of sneakers.

No wonder she posted the following photo to her Twitter feed this week, asking which pair she should wear for the competition.

--- Amy Moritz


Bona podcast with Amy Moritz and Bucky Gleason

The News' Amy Moritz and Bucky Gleason report from Raleigh, N.C., where the record-setting season for the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team ended in the Sweet 16 to last year's national runner-up Notre Dame, 79-35.

Here is their podcast.



Game Analysis: St. Bonaventure vs. Notre Dame


How St. Bonaventure lost: They played Notre Dame, a team with a national championship and three Final Four apperances under its belt. The Bonnies played good defense for a stretch of five minutes but failed to score in that time to keep the game interesting. Lack of offense doomed the Bonnies. Jessica Jenkins got off only six shots and was held scoreless. Megan Van Tatenhove managed just three points from the free throw line. The Bonnies had 21 turnovers. They could not find their way against a deep, solid, experienced Notre Dame defense.

Player of the Game: Brittany Mallory. She had the defensive assignment on Jenkins most of the game and made life miserable for the Bona senior.

Stat Check: The Bonnies shot just 18.8 percent (9 of 48) from the field for the game and were just 1 of 12 from three-point range.

Stat Check II: Sophomores Doris Ortega and CeCe Dixon combined for 25 of Bona's 35 points, which was the lowest point total in Sweet 16 history.

Stat Check III: With an enrollment of around 2,000, St. Bonaventure is the smallest school ever to advance to the Sweet 16.

Play of the Game: There really wasn't one "play" of the game, but Notre Dame had a 13-2 run to open the game and that pretty much set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.

She said it: "No one knew what we were. Half these people didn't even know we had a women's basketball team."  -- junior guard Chelsea Bowker.

She said it II: "When we grew up that's all we thought about. We watched March Madness. Who ever thought St. Bonaventure would be part of it? I've got tears going because it was a tough loss, but I have a smile on my face because some people never get the chance to come." -- Bowker.

In the House: 3,108 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

What It Means: St. Bonaventure season ends with a 31-4 record. 

What's Next: Rest. Then conditioning. Then summer ball.

---Amy Moritz




Live Blog: Bona vs. Notre Dame

Crowley, Bonnies meet the media at the Sweet 16

Watch the video as St. Bonaventure coach Jim Crowley and his players met the media Saturday in Raleigh, N.C., following practice for the Bonnies'  Sweet 16 game against Notre Dame.

Podcast: Amy Moritz and Bucky Gleason preview Bona-Notre Dame matchup

Bona women basketball live chat with Amy Moritz

NU hockey's Arnold to Coyotes

Sophomore forward and cancer survivor Scott Arnold became the sixth Purple Eagle to ever sign an NHL contract, agreeing to a two-year deal with the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday.

"It's an honor to sign a professional contract," Arnold said. "Growing up, I always dreamed of playing in the NHL and now I am one step closer to making my dream reality. I'm really looking forward to becoming a part of the Phoenix Coyotes organization and thank them for this opportunity."

The 6-foot-2 forward played in 67 games for Niagara, scoring 26 goals, 14 assists and 40 points.

The only two Purple Eagles to ever play in the NHL are Matt Ryan (Los Angeles Kings in 2003) and Sean Bentivoglio (N.Y. Islanders in 2007).

"We wish him all the best as he reports to the Coyotes," NU coach Dave Burkholder said. "Everyone associated with our program is proud."

The contract highlights quite the interesting year for Arnold, who overcame testicular cancer late last summer and worked his way back into the Niagara lineup in time for its season opener at Michigan. The only games he missed this year were four in February due to an upper body injury believed to have been a shoulder injury.

He came public with his story in February about being a cancer survivor in hopes of being an inspiration to others and also helped coordinate Niagara's "Get Checked" campaign against testicular cancer in conjunction with Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston.

"It feels a little surreal. I'm just trying to take it all in. It's a dream come true. I'm just really excited and really grateful to the Phoenix organization for giving me this opporutnity."

--Miguel Rodriguez

Bonnies Basketball Madness

St. Bonaventure and the Olean-Allegany area have always been a bit basketball crazy. Historically, that fervor was reserved for the men's team. Not any more. Drive down Route 417 and every other business has a "Go Bonnies" banner celebrating both the men's and women's teams. Marques in Olean wish the Bonnies good luck in the Sweet 16 and people of all ages came out for sendoffs and welcome back rallies.

And then there's this interesting note:

The St. Bonaventure book store ordered 72 speciality t-shirts for the women's team in the Sweet 16. They came in Thursday morning. By the end of the day, there were only about five shirts left and the store had to place a re-order.

That's selling as many t-shirts as there were fans in the stands about six years ago.

The Bonnies leave today for Raleigh, N.C. and are expected to arrive this afternoon in preparation for their Sweet 16 meeting with Notre Dame on Sunday. The 2:30 p.m. tip-off will be shown nationally on ESPN2.

--- Amy Moritz

Source: Baron offered Canisius job

---Former St. Bonaventure coach Jim Baron has been offered the job at Canisius multiple sources have told The News.

Baron, who was fired after 11 years at Rhode Island, is in negotiations with the school and is seeking additional funds for assistant coaches to help build a stronger infrastructure in the program.

While waiting on a commitment from Baron, Canisius AD Bill Maher is still talking to candidates in case Baron turns down the job. A source told The News that Maher on Wednesday spoke with Jayson Gee, the associate head coach at Cleveland State and former a St. Bonaventure assistant.

Baron, who coached at St. Bonaventure from 1992-01, had four consecutive 20-win seasons at Rhode Island before last season’s 7-24 finish and was fired a year after he agreed to a contract extension through the 2013-14 season. He has a career record of 390-367 (.515).

Norfolk State's Anthony Evans and Rhode Island College's Bob Walsh are also candidates, according to sources.

---Rodney McKissic


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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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