Johnson looks to improve going into sophomore year

By: Aidan Conaghan 

Abigail Johnson is one of the six returning players to the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team.

Last year injuries limited Johnson to just eight games. She averaged four points and seven rebounds a game. Going into her second season Johnson is very excited on what she can bring to the team this year.

“Having a year now is definitely a big thing for me because now I’m looking forward to what I can really bring to the team as an individual,” said Johnson.

Johnson grew up in England where she played for Barking Abbey in the top women’s league in the UK.

“I’m doing much better than last year. I’m getting used to the way things are here and I feel more comfortable being so far from my family,” said Johnson.

One of Johnson’s strengths is her elite rebounding.

“For me I feel like everyone has a gift and with me I do hope to be one of the leading rebounders in the A-10 and to bring a presence in the paint this year,” said Johnson.

With the addition of five new players Johnson likes the direction the program is heading going into the new season.

“I feel like there is more chemistry on the court. We just look good this year compared to last year,” said Johnson.

Even after an 8-22 record last year Johnson still feels the team can be successful this year.

“I’m expecting to get A-10’s and doing really well overall,” said Johnson.

Johnson and the Bonnies open their season on Nov. 6 when they travel to Lewistown, New York to take on the Niagara Purple Eagles.

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Five takeaways from St. Bonaventure University vs. Edinboro University

By Isaiah Blakely

Editor’s Note: Information about Abigail Johnson was added to the story in order to address a big event during the game and to provide transparency to our loyal readers.

In a gritty and razor-thin contest, the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team was upset by the Edinboro Fighting Scots, 67-64 at the Reilly Center. While it may have only been an exhibition, a few things from the game stood out.

Here are five takeaways from the scrimmage.

1. Chemistry

With four new players it was clear it’ll take some time for this team to gel. Several offensive sets were clunky, and the team had 25 turnovers. Many of the turnovers came off miscommunication errors and players not being on the same page. You could chalk it up to preseason jitters, but the Bonnies will have to improve communication if they want to succeed this season.

2. Three point shooting

There are definitely more shooters on the floor at all times. Sophomore Danielle Migliore especially impressed, shooting 4-8 from behind the arc. Overall, the team shot 35% from three.

3. Mariah Ruff doesn’t have to carry the scoring load

Last year’s leading scorer by far, Ruff got some help as Migliore and freshman Emily Calabrese each put up double figures, while sophomore Jalisha Terry led with an 18 point effort off the bench. Ruff still scored 12 points, but struggled from the field going 3-10. Ruff should improve on those numbers as the season goes on and if the Bonnies can get more players in double figures the team could improve on their showing from last season.

4. Defensive Rebounding

Edinboro had 18 offensive rebounds, a startling stat that heavily contributed to their win. The Bonnies forwards have to do a better job of boxing out and hanging on to loose rebounds. That could depend on 6-2 forward Abigail Johnson’s health as she “appeared to faint during a stoppage of play” and hit her head on the court during the game. Johnson was transported to a regional medical facility for evaluation in a scary moment at the Reilly Center. With Johnson’s health in question, and frankly a more important issue than her basketball status, the Bonnies will need better technique from their remaining bigs if they want to win the rebound battle this season.

5. Rim Protection Edinboro had success in the paint even though they were the smaller team out-muscling the Bonnies with 14 second-chance points. The Bonnies had 3 blocks in the game, but two of them came from the guards. The bigs only mustered one block and will need to protect the paint better to improve their defense.

The Bonnies open the season with a Friday home stand vs. Niagara University at 5:30 p.m. at the Reilly Center.