Basketball Modern Era
On October 29, 1959, The first women's sporting event
took place at St. Bonaventure University. In basketball, a group of SBU
students calling themselves the Squaws lost to visiting D'Youville
College. Tania Henning scored 28 points for the Squaws in the defeat.
The official St. Bonaventure Women's Basketball records
go back to 1971-72. Sally Luna was the first coach that season.
Current head coach Jim Crowley is the tenth coach in the program's
The program was a club sport from 1959-71. It began
varsity play in 1971. They played
local area teams then, such as Buffalo State and St. John Fisher
The program has used five different nicknames in its
"Lady Bonnies" 1979-93
Title IX played a large role in the growth of women's basketball.
Mary Jane Telford guided the women's program for 17
seasons, leading the program to the Division I level in the late 1980s.
Telford had a career coaching record of 201-200 over
those 17 seasons.
After Telford, Marti Whitmore took over the program and
compiled a 85-110 record over seven seasons as head coach.
Currently, Jim Crowley leads the Bonnies.
The program joined the Atlantic 10 conference in 1987.
and in their second conference game, defeated Rhode Island 75-53. It was
the first conference win in school history.
On Feb. 14, 1994, Suzie Dailer scored on a full court
pass to defeat Rutgers. It marked the team's first defeat of a ranked
The Bonnies have 16 members of the 1,000 point club. Led
by Hilary Waltman. The 1999 graduate finished her career with 2,106
Waltman also holds 10 other scoring records, including
made field goals, made free throws and field goal percentage.
Waltman, along with six other players are in the
exclusive 1,000 point and 500 rebound club.
Others in the club include '92 graduate Sue Shay, Jodi
Ulrich '93 , Missy Ward 87' , Courtney Mattingly '03, Audrey
Latendresse '07 and Beth Gromlowicz 93'.
The SBU Athletics Hall of Fame has named many
student-athletes who have impacted SBU on the athletics fields in many
ways. Below are those women's basketball players that have been
named to the SBU Athletics HOF.