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By Akim Hudson
On Wednesday night, excitement skyrocketed for the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team’s exhibition, as the Bonnies defeated SUNY Cortland, 68-54.
Early in the first quarter, things weren’t looking good for the Bonnies.
SBU allowed too many rebounds and open shooting opportunities for Cortland, and the Red Dragons capitalized on these opportunities for the most part.
Cortland’s Beth Bonin and Nyia Longford contributed largely to their teams’ early productivity, consequently resulting in a 21-14 lead going into the second quarter for the Red Dragons.
In the second quarter, momentum swung toward the Bonnies.
The defensive pressure and intensity picked up, due in large to contributions from Asainae Johnson, Deja Francis, Emily Calabrese and Olivia Brown, who combined for a total of nine steals.
Brown had four steals herself, providing energy off the bench.
Asianae Johnson led the way on offense with sixteen points.
With moves potent in finesse and niftiness, she was able to get to the paint anytime she wanted.
Jurnee President got her fair share of buckets, as well. She finished with 14 points.
Dajah Logan was too much for Cortland to handle in the paint, as she took advantage of her skillset.
The Bonnies will open their regular season on Tuesday night, when they host St. John’s University at 5 p.m.