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. 


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.