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.

Logan looks to bring versatility to the Bonnies

By: Isaiah Blakely

For junior Dajah Logan sitting out a year has her even more ready to play this season.

“It was tough just seeing my teammates out there,” said Logan who added, “knowing that I have something that I could be able to give as well and then it just kinda made me want to play the game more and just be more excited for this year.”

Logan sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules. 5-foot-11 guard transferred from College of Charleston where she averaged 7.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in her last season with the Cougars.

Head coach Jesse Fleming said, “Completely different player then we have had in the last few years. I just think she’s fun player to play with. She brings a great spirit she gets her teammates hyped and our practices have been better by having her in it.”

Logan loves versatility and that is why Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant is her favorite player. “I love how versatile he is. He’s a 7-foot guard,” she said.

Logan strives to be a versatile player herself.

“I can play in the post, I can play on the perimeter, I can attack, I can shoot,” she said. “Just being able to contribute a lot of different things.”

She continues to look to improve her versatility and become more of a two-way player.

“Not to say I wasn’t a good defender but not just being so offensive minded and also becoming more of a leader on the floor,” said Logan.

With five newcomers to Division 1 basketball, Logan acknowledges that despite not playing a game for St. Bonaventure she still must be a leader.

“Just taking whatever experience I have and making sure I can display that everyday with not just what I’m doing but with my voice,” Logan said. “Understanding that not everyone is going to get it but just making sure that people can hear what the right things are to do even if I’m not doing them myself.”

Last season Mariah Ruff was the Bonnies main ball-handler and scorer. Now with the additions in the offseason and this team back healthy, Logan sees a more balanced attack this season.

“I think it is going to be more spread out. A lot more shining for other people,” Logan said. “They might show things that you wouldn’t really expect from them and just be able to display all of their strengths throughout the game. Everybody gets a new look at new faces.”

Despite all these new faces Logan still has high expectations for this team.

“I expect us to be very successful. Definitely top of the conference,” she said. “Honestly, I think we can go all the way and make it to the tournament but it’s going to take hard work so I’m not going to promise anything.”

The Randallstown, Maryland native not only brought her basketball talent to St. Bonaventure but her DJ skills as well. Logan said she has been DJ’ing since she was in middle school.

“I have always been into music but I never figured out what my thing was and then I figured out music manipulation and I was like, ‘oh wow I can actually do this,’” said Logan.

Logan who’s DJ name is DJ_Dajah_VU  has made a name for herself DJ’ing various events over the past year, but now Logan is looking to make a name for herself on the court.

 

Outlaw, Bona women put losing streak in rearview mirror

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By Katie Faulkner

Did the seven-game losing streak crush the confidence of the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team, or was it a mere stumbling block?

Sophomore guard Imani Outlaw said the losing streak was unexpected. The Atlantic 10 website had previously announced that the team was predicted to finish fourth in the conference this season.

Outlaw acknowledges the lack of consistent effort during the 40 minutes of play as the main reason for dropping seven straight.

“We would have three or four minute droughts where we would play awful,” said the Cincinnati native.  “I think if we can just eliminate those droughts we will be better off.”

Any losing streak would surely bring feelings of defeat, but the only solution can be found in the gym.

Individually, the 5’8 Outlaw focused on establishing a better pace to help set the tone early and reduce the amount of turnovers, which is currently at 16 per game as a team.

As a guard known for her physicality around the rim, her mindset to constantly attack the basket was now anticipated throughout the league.

“I’ve worked on my mid-range shot because everyone in the conference knows ’22’ is a driver, so sometimes my drives aren’t there.  If I can hit a 15-footer here or there, they’ll have to respect it.”

Outlaw becoming a dual threat on the floor will ultimately force opponents to close out on her, opening things up underneath for the dominant Katie Healy.

Outlaw believes that incorporating a more team-driven mentality will help the team begin to focus on togetherness and unity, a key element they have been lacking.

“As a team we just focused on playing together and playing for one another,” Outlaw said.

With an A-10 record of 2-7, Outlaw’s attitude seemed optimistic. Then again, when doesn’t it?

“I don’t really look at standings or stats. The season is very long and we still have a lot to go,” she said.

The women are set to take on the 15-7 Fordham Rams tomorrow night. Bonaventure fell to Fordham in the semi-finals of the A-10 tournament in the 2013-2014 season.

Outlaw stressed the importance of mental toughness one last time, then sprang from the couch, hurled her backpack over her shoulder and hurried off to practice.

The season isn’t over quite yet.