Bona women fall to Akron, 63-54

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By Keara Donnelly

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. —  The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team (1-2) started strong, but fell short to the Akron Zips (1-0), 63-54, after a disappointing second half at the Reilly Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Bonnies led the Zips by nine points at half time, but only scored 15 points in the second half. 

The Zips outscored the Bonnies with 33 points in the second half, and went on a 20-4 run to secure the victory.  

The Bonnies had led for over 38 minutes of the game.  

Deja Francis led the Bonnies with 13 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Olivia Tucker shot 3-4 from the three-point line and had 11 points off the bench.  

Dajah Logan and Jurnee President each had nine points for the Bonnies.  

Akron’s Shaunay Edmonds scored 20 points and was 6-14 from the field. She scored nine of those points and seven steals in the second half alone.  

Edmonds forced turnovers from Bona guards Francis and Olivia Brown, which led to easy transition baskets for the Zips.  

The Zips secured 18 points off of turnovers and 24 points off of fast breaks.  

The Bonnies executed well in the first half, connecting on their first six shot attempts as part of a 10-0 run in the first quarter. Akron grabbed its first lead of the game in the second quarter, 22-21.  

In the fourth quarter, the Bonnies froze to only shoot 1-for-13 from the field. 

“We did some really good things for a lot of the game and it just folded like a tent in the fourth quarter,Bonnies head coach Jessie Fleming said.  

The Bonnies shot 36.5% from the field, while the Zips shot 31.6% from the field. Akron drew 21 fouls and shot 80% from the free throw line.  

“I was happy with threes not going down and still being in the game, where we didn’t have to rely on it,” Fleming said. “We should have been living at the foul line today and we were just taking the shots that were given to us today. Great to see that we have the ability to hit 11 threes.” 

It was a close match up, but pour defense in the fourth quarter and missed shots secured the Zips victory.  

“(Akron is) a team that been playing together for a while now,” Fleming said. “I’m not sitting here being negative about this loss. We are a young team that has two sophomores in the starting lineup and two freshmen playing a lot of minutes.  

My message to the team in the locker room was to use this as a learning experience and to continue moving forward.” 

 Now, Bonnies will hit the road for the first time of the season.  

The team will play the defending Patriot League champion Bucknell Bisons at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. 

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.

Maycock ready to embrace leadership role on young team

 

By Sean Mickey

Junior guard Mckenna Maycock is striving to lead the St. Bonaventure Women’s Basketball team to new heights.

Maycock, a lifelong southern tier resident attending Randolph high school in Randolph, New York, had always been familiar with St. Bonaventure and their athletics.

“I had gone to the Bonaventure camps for 5 years in a row, so I knew it by then,” Maycock said.

After her experiences as an athlete nearby, and attending Bonaventure basketball camps, becoming a Bonnie was an easy choice.

“I accepted it right away,” Maycock said. “I love the school and it’s really close to my family. It was really the perfect fit.”

The 2016-17 season was anything but extraordinary for the Brown and White, winning only nine games.

Coming off a disappointing season, Maycock knew that to help improve the team she needed to put in extra work in the off season.

“I tried to expand my game and get better at shooting from the outside,” Maycock said. “I think the biggest thing I have to do is bring my leadership every day because if I work hard every day then everyone else will follow.”

Those sentiments have rang true thus far this season.

Maycock leads all Bonnies in scoring and rebounding with 14.6 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game, which almost doubles her totals from last year. She’s also shooting a team lead 58% from three, going 14-24 from behind the arc, compared to her 9-34 three point total last year.

Maycock’s coach, Jesse Fleming shared his sentiments.

“She’s one of two true upperclassmen on the roster, so I expect leadership out of her,” Fleming said. “I think she’s one of the best athletes in the conference and she has to show that. She has really put in the work and we expect a lot out of her on both sides of the floor.”

Coach Fleming, who enters his second year as coach of the Bonnies, has relied heavily on Maycock so far, logging 40 minutes in a win over Bucknell, where she went 8-11 from the field and a perfect 4-4 from three.

She followed up that performance Saturday with a double-double off 23 points and 12 boards against UMBC.

While she’s put together some solid performances, helping the Bonnies to a 4-3 record in non-conference games, Maycock has her eye set on conference play.

“It’s just a lot of fun,” Maycock said. “I’m really excited to get revenge for some of the games I think we should have won last year. I’m just ready.”

Coach Fleming and crew take on rival Niagara in first test

By Isaiah Blakely

St. Bonaventure women’s basketball opens the season by playing host against Niagara University as the Bonnies look to bounce back from its 9-20 campaign last year.

Niagara, coached by Jada Pierce, finished 8-22 last season. In the last meeting however, Niagara came out victorious at home 65-43 for the first time since 2006 leaving Bonaventure with a 36-24 series lead.

Second-year coach Jesse Fleming has four new players along with five returners lead by Atlantic 10 preseason All-Conference second team selection Mariah Ruff. Ruff averaged 13.9 points, 4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game last season.

Also headlining the offense is fellow captain Mckenna Maycock, who only started six games last season but was second on the team in minutes. Maycock averaged 7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Sophomore point guard Jalisha Terry will look for a larger impact this season after she led Bonaventure with 18 points in their scrimmage against Edinboro. Terry averaged 7.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2 assists last season.

Junior college transfer forwards Arielle Harvey and Bree Paulson are about to play their first official game for Bonaventure, while freshman Emily Calabrese looks to get action immediately after starting against Edinboro in an exhibition last Saturday.

With these new players Fleming mentioned the need “to speed up the chemistry curve.” “He was hoping that in the non-conference to have some games that really test us.” Fleming also wanted to “have games that we have a chance to win and we can just grow and learn”.

“These games are a learning experience,” Fleming said. “We need to use these so we’re hitting on all cylinders once A-10 play starts”.

Niagara is the first test and the Purple Eagles are returning three of their top scorers and nine players overall from last season led by redshirt-senior forward Victoria Rampado who lead the MAAC conference in points and was fourth in rebounds averaged 16.8 points and 7.9 rebounds. Rampado finished All-MAAC Second Team last season. Rampado lead the Purple Eagles to the victory over Bonaventure last season scoring 17 points. The 2017 MAAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll ranked the Purple Eagles to finish ninth in the conference.

St. Bonaventure was selected 12th in the Atlantic 10 preseason coaches poll.

St. Bonaventure is 25-4 against Niagara at home and will look to keep up that impressive record on Friday, at 5 p.m. at Reilly Center.

Terry sets the example on and off the court

By Isaiah Blakely

Being better were words echoed many times by sophomore guard Jalisha Terry and her head coach Jesse Fleming.

“Jalisha had the hardest job out of anybody last year, she was the starting freshman point guard,” Fleming said. “I don’t know if there was anybody I yelled at more than Jalisha last year, and she took it.”

Despite having the “hardest job,” Terry was one of the best freshman in the A-10 last season averaging 7.3 points 2.8 rebounds and two assists per game.

Terry specifically wants to improve the offensive side of her game.

“To be better with my assists, my shooting percentages and just be more of a leader,” she said. “Since I’m the point guard, I need to be more of a leader and keep my team under control.”

Her game is not the only thing she wants to improve on.

“I don’t want to be the same person every year,” she said. “I want my stats to be better, be a better person and better teammate.”

Terry started 25 of 29 games last season and Fleming addressed that importance for her development as a player.

“It was valuable for her in the long run to get those experiences,” he said. “She should be ready to go, she’s got a better feel of the offense and she’s becoming a better defender.”

Terry has always homed in her skills against her younger brother Jalen Terry. Jalen is a sophomore at Beecher High School in Michigan, and he has already received offers from schools including Iowa.

“Every time I go back we still play, we talk stuff all the time,” she said. “He might win by two, I might win by a couple. He looks up to me, so I have to be the best I can be even though I am not at a big school. I still feel that I have to be an example.”

Sacramento Kings rookie point guard De’Aaron Fox made headlines when he credited the video game series NBA 2k for his ability to read the basketball court and improved court vision. Terry started playing the series recently, and was asked if she thinks she will see the same results.

“I think so,” she said. “Hopefully 2k can carry over to my game.”

Women’s basketball: Fleming calls hiring process “whirlwind,” gets ready to work

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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

On a late summer day in 2001, Jesse Fleming was one of 520 incoming St. Bonaventure freshmen to move in and start the SBU journey.

Last week, Fleming started a new chapter of that journey when he completed the climb from the women’s basketball team’s manager to its head coach.

The 33-year-old, who becomes the seventh coach in program history and the youngest coach in the Atlantic 10, said he was contacted by athletic director Tim Kenney very shortly after Jim Crowley accepted the Providence job.

Fleming worked under Crowley for 11 years, first as manager and then as an assistant coach after graduation. He coached Jessica Jenkins and Tiara Johnson, who are joining Crowley’s staff at Providence, as well as Andrea Mulcahy, who is staying on at SBU as his top assistant coach.

“The whole process was a whirlwind… it was a definite mix of emotions,” Fleming said. “There was excitement to lead a program that I deeply care about but there was sadness that my good friends on the St. Bonaventure coaching staff would be leaving.

“As I started to talk to Tim Kenney and (Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations) Steve Campbell, their enthusiasm and vision really made me believe that it was the right time to come home.”

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Women’s basketball: Sources- Fleming agrees to be St. Bonaventure head coach

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By Chuckie Maggio @chuckiemaggio

Jesse Fleming has agreed to become the seventh head coach in St. Bonaventure women’s basketball history, sources told The Intrepid.

Fleming, who was on the Bowling Green coaching staff the past four seasons and was the Falcons’ associate head coach this past season, is a 2005 Bonaventure graduate.

The 33-year-old was a manager under Jim Crowley, the man he is replacing, during his four years as a student and was hired as an assistant coach after a brief postgraduate stint at Louisburg (N.C.) College. He spent six years on the SBU staff before spending the 2011-12 season at Stony Brook, where he was a key recruiter.

The Falcons had a 73-55 record in Fleming’s four years on the staff, with two Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) appearances.

An official announcement and introductory press conference are expected soon.