Bonnies late surge pushes them past Siena

By: Jeff Uveino 

The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team used a big fourth quarter to pull away from the Siena Saints, 74-58, in the Reilly Center Friday night.

In the return of Bonnies senior guard Mckenna Maycock, playing at the Reilly Center for the first time since missing six games due to an injury, the game instead turned into the Deja and Dajah show.

Bonnies freshman guard Deja Francis finished with a career-high 20 points and junior guard Dajah Logan had 15 points. Logan shot 4-5 from three, including 4-4 in the first half.

“I haven’t been shooting the three well this season,” Logan said, “so, I had to just come out with confidence. My teammates got me into good positions and I just let it go.”

After a tight first three quarters that featured seven lead changes, the Bonnies outscored the Saints 22-8 in the fourth to pull away.

Bonnies head coach Jesse Fleming said he was pleased with the effort his team gave.

“It was just one player after another making plays for us,” Fleming said. “I thought everybody on the roster gave us something tonight.”

A large portion of the Bonnies’ second-half run came with Maycock on the bench. The team’s experience playing without her, Fleming said, helped alleviate the absence of their leader.

“We ran a lineup that has played together a lot,” Fleming said. “We played some great teams in the stretch without (Maycock) and got some great experience. I’m not surprised we were able to have that stretch and do some big things.”

Also chipping in for St. Bonaventure were freshman guard Asianae Johnson with 15 points and seven rebounds, and Maycock with eight points.

Siena was led by junior forward Maddie Sims, who scored 15 points in the loss. Senior guard Joella Gibson added nine points for the Saints.

St. Bonaventure will now travel south to play Penn State on Sunday, Dec. 9.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bucknell’s second quarter surge downs Bonnies

By: Jeff Uveino 

The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team lost to the Bucknell Bison, 77-46, Thursday night at the Reilly Center.

The Bison got contributions from up and down their roster, with four players scoring in double digits.

Ally Johnson, Kate Walker, Ellie Mack and Abby Kapp all scored at least 12 points for Bucknell. Johnson led the team with 14 points.

After a back-and-forth start to the game, Bucknell pulled away in the second quarter, using an 11-1 run to take a 12-point halftime lead.

The Bison then came out firing in the second half, scoring eight points in the first two minutes of the third quarter before Bonnies coach Jesse Fleming called timeout.

“I was disappointed in the way we came out of halftime,” Fleming said. “Our transition defense wasn’t there, and neither was our communication.”

The Bonnies were plagued by 26 team turnovers, which Fleming said continues to be a major issue for them as the season progresses.

“We’re one of the worst teams in the country at taking care of the ball,” he said, “and we’re never going to take a step forward if we don’t improve that.”

SBU has averaged 20 turnovers per game this season.

On the offensive side for the Bonnies, Dajah Logan and Asianae Johnson led the way with nine points each. Claudia Del Moral had six rebounds and nine points.

The Bonnies will now go on the road to play Akron on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bonnies win triple OT marathon against Canisius

By: Isaiah Blakely 

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies (2-1) defeated their rival the Canisius Golden Griffins (0-2) 100-94 in triple overtime in the longest game the Bonnies women’s basketball program has played since 1980.

Junior Danielle Migliore was the leading scorer for the Bonnies with 19 points while junior D’Jhai Patterson-Ricks led the Golden Griffins with 24 points.

This was a game of runs. Each team had a double-digit lead before the fourth quarter. There were 13 ties and nine lead changes.

It all started with redshirt-junior Bree Paulson hitting one of her five three pointers to open the scoring up for the Bonnies. It was a back and forth start to the quarter, but Canisius went on a 7-1 run to take a 16-8. Junior Shannon Conely scored four of her career-high 23 points off the bench during that run.

Migliore and freshman Claudia Del Moral both hit three pointers to spark a 7-2 run of their own to keep the Bonnies in the game. Del Moral led the Bonnies in assists, she had nine assists and zero turnovers.

Canisius out rebounded the Bonnies 51-45 and that was in part due to senior Sara Hinriksdottir’s 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Danielle Sanderlin led the game in rebounds, she had eight points and 18 rebounds. Their offensive rebounds and put back layups to start the second quarter gave Canisius a 12-point lead which was their biggest of the game.

Sophomore Emily Calabrese scored 18 points and 10 rebounds helped make sure the Golden Griffins lead didn’t extend. A Calabrese layup helped sparked a 13-2 run in the final four minutes of the quarter which was capped off by freshman Asianae Johnson hitting a three-pointer to tie the game right before the second quarter buzzer.

In the third quarter the Bonnies picked up where they left off. Migliore hits a three pointer to start the half. The Bonnies slowly extended their lead throughout the quarter. They took their biggest lead after Paulson sinks another three pointer. Paulson ended the game with 17 points. The Bonnies went into the fourth quarter up 11.

The Golden Griffins came out firing in the fourth quarter. The Golden Griffins started the fourth quarter on an 8-2 run including a pair of three pointers by Patterson-Ricks and Hinriksdottir. Conley added six more points of her own to cap off a 12-2 run by Canisius to cut the Bonnies lead to two.

The fourth quarter goes back and forth, and with under three minutes to go Paulson hits a three pointer to give the Bonnies the lead. A Sanderlin layup and Conely jumper gives Canisius a one-point lead with a little over a minute to go. Free throws by Paulson and Migliore give the Bonnies a two-point lead with five seconds left. Canisius gives the ball to their senior Hinriksdottir and she scores a layup to force overtime.

Overtime starts with three-pointers by Paulson and Canisius senior Maria Welch. Canisius holds a three-point lead with two minutes to go before freshman Deja Francis hits her first bucket of the game. It was a three pointer to tie the game with two minutes left. Migliore made two free throws but Conely ties the game with another jump shot to force double overtime.

Double overtime was a lot of free throws to start. Patterson-Ricks hit a three pointer to give Canisius the lead with a little over two minutes to go in the period. A Francis free throw and Johnson layup tied the game up with a under a minute to go. After a Hinriksdottir miss Paulson had a shot to win the game but missed, and these two teams headed to triple overtime.

In third overtime period junior Dajah Logan scored five of her 12 points. Including a layup and a foul to put the Bonnies up three. Logan then grabbed an offensive rebound and made a layup to put the Bonnies up five with about thirty seconds to go.

Francis also had five of her nine points in triple overtime, and her free throws with 17 seconds left secured the win for the Bonnies.

The Bonnies had five players score in double figures and coach Jesse Fleming talked about the group effort.

“They desperately wanted that win,” said Fleming. “They made some plays. I thought it was a one-through-nine effort where somebody kept making a play to help us win.”

The Bonnies next opponent is Saturday at home against Hofstra.

 

 

 

 

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Francis looks to make a name for herself at St. Bonaventure

By: Justin Myers 

Deja Francis is one of the five newest additions to the Bonnies and one of the three freshmen.

Francis being able to fill a role the Bonnies needed was one of the main reasons she came to St. Bonaventure.

“I choose St. Bonaventure because it was the right fit for me. As you know their point guard left and I was coming in as the point guard,” said Francis.

She looks to replace former Bonnie and current Oakland guard Jalisha Terry.

The 5’7 guard comes from Queens, New York where she played for Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers. While at Murry Bergtraum she averaged 15 points, six rebounds and two assists per game. She also earned the Rose Classic Academic Award and was a Rose Classic All-Star selection. She had the best free throw shooting percentage in PSAL play and was named “She Got Game” Most Valuable Player.

Former Bonaventure players CeCe Dixon, Doris Ortega, and Armelia Horton also went to Murry Bergtraum. Francis looks to continue the long tradition of Bonaventure players hailing from Bergtraum.

She looks to bring a pass first mentality to Bonnies this year.

“I’m the point guard so I pass first, and I see everything on the floor,” said Francis.

Francis admits the transition from high school to college has been difficult, but it is something she tries to get better at every day.

“It’s been a rough transition, it’s been a lot to remember with all the plays, but I just have to get used to it,” said Francis.

Through this adjustment period she has already taken advice from upperclassmen.

“Be on time, and to take things more seriously,” said Francis.

With the help of her upperclassman Francis is also learning how to be a leader.

“Learning how to be a leader because I’m the point guard. I’m calling all the plays and making sure everyone is in the right spot, so everything runs through me,” said Francis.

As she learns to be a leader Francis has big goals for the Bonnies and herself this season.

“Hopefully we can go as far as we can. It’s my freshman year, so I don’t know what to expect. For myself I hope to make a name for myself in the A-10 and at St. Bonaventure,” said Francis.

Francis gets a chance to make a name for herself as the Bonnies play the University of Georgia Friday night.

 

 

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Migliore ready to help Bonnies bounce back

By: Teddy Caputo

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies women’s basketball team finished the season last year with a record of 8-22, including 5-9 in non-conference play and 3-13 in conference play. Junior Danielle Migliore was one of the most improved players in the A-10 last season, and she’s looking to help the Bonnies turn things around this year.

Even though the team struggled last year, Migliore, a Frankfort, New York native, had a breakout season.  In her freshman year, she played in 20 games and averaged 1.7 points per game, one rebound per game and eight minutes per game.  In her sophomore year, she started in 29 of their 30 games and averaged 10.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in 32 minutes per game. Migliore had the second-best increase in scoring average year-to-year of any A-10 player.

Danielle Migliore talked about her success last year and how it can help her prepare for this year.

“It helps me knowing how much work I put in last year,” said Migliore.  “If I want to continue staying consistent, then I got to keep putting in the work that I did offseason of freshman year going into my sophomore year.  Knowing that hard work does pay off sticks in my head.”

Migliore talked about how she has prepared for the season.

“Since I knew that I could be successful, I’ve continued working on being consistent, whether that is going to the gym more than the year before or speeding up my foot work and shot.  Hopefully that helps,” said Migliore.

Migliore is looking for more success from herself and the team this season. Migliore talked about what she thought the team could have done better last season.

“Our chemistry was always there, but we didn’t know how to handle the game when we were ahead,” said Migliore.  “We’ve been used to playing and winning games while we were down for most of the game.  But, when we were ahead for most of the game, we would always let a team get back into the game.  We didn’t know how to finish games and didn’t handle the pressure well.”

Migliore also spoke about what she likes about the team this year and what the offseason was like.

“We’re a more loose team and we like to have fun, and that’s when we play good,” said Migliore.  “Compared to last year, we didn’t play like we were enjoying it as much.”

The Bonnies did lose some key players from last year’s team such as sophomore guards Jalisha Terry and Rhianna Council, but they also added five new players to the roster.  When talking about the new players on the team, Migliore spoke highly of them.

“I think the younger girls have become more used to what we do here,” said Migliore.  “They’re always on time for things, we always play together and run through the offense and defense repetitively, so it gives us greater team chemistry now.”

Migliore continued, “My role for the younger girls is to lead by example.  I’m not the type to constantly get on their case and tell them to do ‘this, this and this’, but I could be in the gym or practicing my jump shot and they could look up to that.”

Migliore joins teammate senior guard Mckenna Maycock, as the most experienced players on the team this year.

In the women’s exhibition game on Friday, Nov., 2 2018 against Alfred University, Danielle Migliore scored 14 points on 5-9 shooting coming off the bench, also adding six rebounds and two assists in an 88-43 victory.  Migliore and the Bonnies play in their first regular season game of the season on the road against long-time rival Niagara University on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Oliver’s time in junior college prepared her for SBU

By: Jeff Uveino 

Amanda Oliver is one of five players entering her first year with the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball program. But the junior forward is no stranger to competing at the collegiate level.

Oliver, a 6-1 forward from Orlando, Florida, she played two seasons at Florida Southwestern Community College before transferring to SBU.

She averaged six points per game and eight rebounds per game her sophomore year at Florida Southwestern, and was a two-time all-conference selection. She hopes to bring what she learned in junior college to the Atlantic 10.

“It will help me in the long run,” Oliver said. “I just had so much skill work to work on, as well as the mental aspect of the game.”

Oliver played in 63 games at FSCC, starting 57 of them. The mental and physical experience that she got, Oliver said, will help her game going forward.

“It pushed me beyond a mental point where I didn’t think I could go,” she said. “Having those two years is going to help me and motivate me.”

Oliver hopes to bring a defensive presence to a Bonnies team that allowed 69 points per game last season and only scored 63. She averaged 1.7 blocks per game her sophomore year at FSCC.

“I want to bring hustle,” she said. “Anything I can do to help the team or what is needed to win a game. I love defense so that will be a big part of my game.”

On the offensive side of the ball, Oliver will look to be a factor in what she described as the “run-and-gun” type offense the Bonnies will play. With the regular season coming fast, Oliver talked about some of the things head coach Jesse Fleming and the Bonnies have been working on this preseason.

“We’re trying to score quickly in possessions with layups and transition threes,” Oliver said. “We have a lot of set plays ready so I think we’ll be prepared.”

St. Bonaventure opens regular season play on the road. They travel to play rival Niagara University on Nov. 6.

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.

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.