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    Everything You Need To Know About St. Bonaventure

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    With its win over California on Tuesday, the Notre Dame women's basketball team moved one step closer to its goal - a national championship. This weekend, the Fighting Irish will continue that pursuit when they travel to Raleigh, N.C. to take on fifth-seed St. Bonaventure in a Sweet Sixteen game.

    Tip-off is set for approximately 2:32 pm ET, following the 12:04 pm ET matchup between #2 seed Maryland and #3 seed Texas A&M.

    Before Notre Dame and St. Bonaventure contend for a berth in the Elite Eight, here's some more information on the Fighting Irish's opponent:

    • Record: 31-3 (at-large bid)
    • Coach: Jim Crowley (12th season)
    • Best wins: at Temple (74-65), at Dayton (56-55), vs. Marist (67-56)
    • Home arena: Reilly Center (capacity: 5,480)
    • Best players: Jessica Jenkins, Sr., G (14.3 PPG), Megan Van Tatenhove, Sr., F (13.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG)
    • Deepest tournament run: Sweet Sixteen (2012)
    • NCAA history: First tournament appearance
    • How it got here: First round - Defeated #12 seed Florida Gulf Coast University, 72-65 OT, Second round - Defeated #13 seed Marist, 66-63

    And a few facts about the university:

    • Location: Allegany, New York (approximately 80 miles south of Buffalo)
    • Founded: 1858
    • Conference: Atlantic-10
    • Enrollment: 1,957 undergraduates, 505 graduates
    • Academics: More than 50 undergraduate majors and programs, 20 graduate programs from the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Journalism/Mass Communication, and Franciscan Studies
    • Religious Affiliation: Catholic (Franciscan)
    • Mascot: Bonnies
    • Colors: Brown and white
    • Notable alum: Bob Lanier (basketball Hall of Famer, led St. Bonaventure to the 1970 Final Four)

    There are certainly a few similarities between the Bonnies and the Irish. Both have just three losses, both won their conference's regular season championship, and both fell in the conference tournament title game (ND versus Connecticut, St. Bonaventure against Dayton). Not to mention, both universities are founded in the Catholic faith.

    Tune in on Sunday afternoon as head coach Muffet McGraw's team looks to reach its second consecutive Elite Eight. The game will air on ESPN2 and we'll have pre- and post-game coverage right here on UND.com.

    - Josh Flynt ('11)

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