Bona women come back to beat Niagara in OT

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By Hayden Robinson

ST. BONAVENTURE — Any basketball game that ends in a victory is something to be proud of, no matter how the game went.

That was what head coach Jesse Fleming had to say about the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball game on Thursday. 

“I don’t care if we win ugly, but it’s my job to clean it up after and get us better, said Fleming. 

Bonaventure won the contest, 71-67, in an overtime brawl at home against Niagara. 

The Bonnies started the game off hot with seven unanswered points, forcing Niagara to call a timeout early. 

The defense of St. Bonaventure would prove to be a problem for Niagara throughout the first quarter. 

Niagara would eventually find their way back into the game, but Bonaventure would lead at the end of the first quarter, 15-11. 

In the second quarter, Niagara began making many shots from deep. Niagara shot 311 from three in the first half, while the Bonnies shot a lackluster 1-10. 

Niagara would take the lead from St. Bonaventure with two minutes left in the first half and keep it heading into halftime, leaving the score 31-30 Niagara. 

This third quarter would not be one St. Bonaventure will want to remember. Niagara started the second half red hot from three-point range, nailing three in the first four minutes. 

The Bonnies would also pick up their fifth team foul with five minutes left in the quarter, giving Niagara the bonus for nearly half the quarter. 

Fleming spoke on the third quarter and the flaws he saw in the team. 

(I’m) a little frustrated with the middle of the second quarter and third quarter,” he said. “I thought we showed some immaturity. Thought we worried too much about the refs. 

“I’m glad we couldget a win and learn from it, but if we want to be a competitive team in the A10 and accomplish some of our goals, we’ve got to grow up and be able to play through some adversity.” 

At the end of the third, the Bonnies trailed Niagara 57-47. 

While the third quarter was one to forget for St. Bonaventure, the fourth quarter was one to remember. 

With 20 seconds left in the game, the Bonnies found themselves down by two points.  

Off the inbounds, sophomore guard Asianae Johnson drew a foul on the shot and head to the free throw line to shoot two. 

With the game on the line, she nailed both free throws to tie the game at 65.  

Niagara would try for a lastsecond score, but the clock showed zero seconds left with the score still tied. 

“We (shoot free throws) in practice every day,” Johnson said. “In tough moments, coach will put us in difficult situations where we have to take pressure free throws and I just thought of it as practice.” 

The Bonnies edged their way back from down 10 in the fourth quarter, outscoring Niagara 18-8 in that span. 

In overtime, Bonaventure took care of business business.  

Johnson and sophomore guard Deja Francis would each score three points for St. Bonaventure in the extra period. 

Those baskets proved to be enough, as the Bonnies win at home in a hard-fought victory. 

St. Bonaventure’s balanced scoring was something to highlight on the night. Fleming said the team needs that type of contribution to win games. 

“If we’re playing basically six and a half people, then we’re going to need four consistently in double digits, he said. 

The Bonnies will be back in action on Sunday when they host Akron at 1 p.m. 

Lack of shooting dooms Bona women in loss to St. John’s

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By Justin Myers

The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team’s lack luster shooting performance from three hurt it in its season opener Tuesday night.

The team went 1-12, shooting 8 percent for the game in its 68-56 loss to St. John’s.

Even though they struggled to shoot, sophomore Asianae Johnson was a bright spot for the Bonnies.  She finished with 18 points and four rebounds.

Junior Emily Calabrese contributed with 12 points and seven rebounds, and sophmore Deja Francis had nine points in the game.

Even with the contributions from those three, head coach Jesse Fleming emphasized fixing up the offense.

“I thought we did a decent job of clogging the lane and forcing difficult shots,” he said. “We are starting to get better at taking care of the ball and hopefully the offense will come along. Asianae, Deja and Emily displayed some good things tonight.

“I’ve got to figure out a way to unclog the offense,” he continued. “We’ve got to find some ways to get some better flow, and go from one action to the next action.

As a team, the Bonnies shot 45.5 percent from the floor on 25-of-55 shooting.

St. John’s outscored the Bonnies in bench points, 22-5, and in fast-break points, 21-2.

The Bonnies have a quick turnaround, as they face Little Three rival Niagara in the Reilly Center on Thursday.

Bona women Eurostep their way to exhibition win

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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. 

 

Johnson talks about adjusting to the next level

By: Justin Myers

Asianae Johnson, one of five new additions to the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team. Johnson is one of the three freshman on the squad along with Deja Francis and Carrie Jornlin.

Johnson hails from Brooklyn, New York which has played a big impact on how she plays the game.

“I’m from New York, everybody who plays in New York is full of entertainment,” Johnson said. “It’s always competitive, always trash talking.”

With Johnson’s competitive nature she has only one expectation for the team this year.

“I want to win,” said Johnson.

The 5’8 guard went to Grand St. Campus High School in Brooklyn, New York where she scored over 1,400 career points while averaging 19 points, four rebounds and three assists per game. She played on the City Finalists and was a PSAL Sullivan Award winner.

When Johnson picked St. Bonaventure, she knew it was the right fit for her.

“I chose St. Bonaventure because of the family friendly environment,” Johnson said.

The transition from high school to college is something Johnson says she works through everyday.

“It’s been hard. I can’t say it’s been easy, but I also can’t complain because it’s always a learning experience,” said Johnson.

Luckily for Johnson she has upperclassman to look up to while going through this adjustment.

“They set a huge example for me, like showing up 15 minutes before practice or showing up to classes on time,”  said Johnson.

Johnson is looking to bring not only an entertainment factor but a winning mentality just like her favorite NBA stars Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook.