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By Dustyn Green
ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team and head coach Jesse Fleming needed a bounce-back game on Monday night. They did just that by beating Duquesne, 72-55, at the Reilly Center.
The Bonnies came out fast to start the game. Scoring came from all over for SBU. Senior forward Emily Calabrese had seven points in the first half, including a nice and-on3 from the rim.
“The ball movement was really good; I thought the ball moved really well tonight,” Fleming said of the hot start. “I am proud of the girls.”
The Bonnies took exactly what the doctor ordered. Sophomore guard Olivia Brown went 5-for-7 from 3-point range on her way to a 17-point performance.
“My teammates got looks for me which was amazing,” Brown said. “Everyone was getting shots.”
Redshirt junior guard Tori Harris and junior guard Asianae Johnson combined for 15 points in the first half. The duo’s explosion came in the midst of 63% shooting for the Bonnies in the opening frames.
The Bonnies took an 8-for-8 combination from the field for Calabrese and Brown to the locker room, and they led 46-21.
The Bonnies only saw six points fall before the third quarter media timeout fell. Upon the return, Deja Francis was called for an offensive foul, but Asianae Johnson scored two from the inside before picking up her third foul.
The Bonnies finished with only 12 points in the third quarter.
“Duquesne really knocked us out of our mojo coming out (in the 2nd half with a press)” Brown said.
The woes continued in the fourth quarter, Brown had to get on the ground to corale the basketball. Duquesne went on a 6-0 run before Asianae Johnson who had 9 assists played hero again.
“(Johnson did a nice job at the end of the press creating the layup,” Fleming said.
Ny Langley finished with a game-high 17 points for the Dukes. Fleming praised the junior college transfer as “very physical.”
Brown and Calabrese finished with 17 and 11 points respectively. Their teammate, Johnson finished one digit shy of a double-double with 18 points and nine assists.
The Bonnies will round out the season in Philladelphia with contests against St. Joseph’s and Lasalle. Both games can be found on ESPN+.
“We just have to finish our fight now,” Fleming said.