Bona women beat Davidson on back-to-back nights

photo: Connor Raine/The Intrepid

By Connor Raine

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY —  The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team put up over 70 points on back-to-back nights against Davidson. 

After defeating the Wildcats at home on Sunday, 71-58, the Bonnies once again hosted Davidson on Monday night in the second half of a back-to-back at the Reilly Center. 

This season has been a tough one for the Bonnies, who currently sit at 11th in the Atlantic 10 conference with a 4-10 record. However, the team’s record doesn’t show for the chemistry displayed this weekend to sweep the doubleheader.  

After winning big on Sunday, the Bonnies returned to the court with slow start on Monday, as they trailed 15-7 after the first quarter. The Bonnies shot only 27% from the field in the first quarter. This was their lowest shooting percentage (by quarter) from the field in the contest. 

The Bonnies were able to make up some ground in the second quarter, converting on 46% of their shot attempts from the field. The Bonnies trailed only by four points going into halftime.  

“Today we came out a little flat,” said St. Bonaventure head coach Jesse Fleming. “I was proud to see us battle back.” 

Led by Asianae Johnson, who scored points 20 points and collected and two assists, the Bonnies were able to bounce back and secure the victory late in the third quarter where they were leading by as many as 12 points.  

“It is amazing to win back-to-back, our team had to play 80 minutes in two days,” said Johnson, a junior guard. 

Also contributing to the scoring was I’yanna Lops with 13 points and seven rebounds, and Tori Harris contributed with critical 3-pointers in the game, totaling 12 points and seven rebounds. Jurnee President and Deja Francis each had 11 points.   

Johnson was named A-10 player of the week this past week for her double-digit scoring performances against Saint Louis and Dayton. 

“At the end of the day I am proud of my accomplishments, I have been putting in so much work and everyone can see it,” said Johnson.  

This accomplishment was well deserved, as Johnson also had a career night Sunday in the first game of the double header, shooting 8-for-11 from the field totaling 18 points. Johnson is now averaging 14 points per game on the season and shooting 47% from the field. 

“Well deserving (of her accomplishment),” Fleming said. “I don’t think she has missed a day since the end of July when we returned to campus. She couldn’t shoot outside of three feet a year ago, now she has a very strong pull up jumper.” 

The Bonnies look to continue their two-game winning streak as they travel to Fairfax, Virginia on Friday evening to take on the 3-14 the Gorge Mason Patriots. The Patriots are currently 0-10 in league play and are sitting in last place in the A-10 conference.  

On Sunday, the lady Bonnies will take on George Washington in Washington D.C, which will conclude a two-game road trip. Gorge Washington is currently 1-9 in conference play and 4-12 overall sitting at 13th in the A-10. 

“We have to find a way to win on the road,” Fleming said.  

Three out of the four Bonnies wins this season have come at home. The Bonnies are looking to flip the switch and gain two wins on the road and are coming into the weekend road trip with momentum after winning two straight against Davidson.  

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.