Bona women fall to Dayton at home

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By Anthony Goss

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team had another opportunity to return to the win column after missing its first chance at home on Friday night, but Dayton denied their upset bid. 

Falling behind early, the SBU (2-10,1-8) suffered its second-consecutive home defeat in a 68-51 loss to the Flyers (7-1,6-0) at the Reilly Center Sunday afternoon.  

In the first quarter, the Bonnies struggled to find the basket and did not score any points until freshman Maddie Dziezgowski drained a three with 5:18 remaining in the period. The Flyers built a 17-9 lead as seven different players scored in the quarter.  

“We played really poorly to start the game,” Bona head coach Jesse Fleming said. “We were still kind of in our Saint Louis malaise.” 

The Flyers expanded their lead, this time attacking from behind the three-point line, where they shot 80% in the second quarter and took a 40-27 lead into the break. Deja Francis had a big second quarter for Bona, shooting 4-for-4 from the field while scoring nine of her 13 points for the game. Francis missed the team’s previous game against Saint Louis.

“With (Francis), it’s just about consistency,” Fleming said. “Hopefully this was another step for her to get her confidence back, and probably had her best half of the season.” 

After a quiet first half with only two points for the Bonnies, leading scorer Asianae Johnson led a Bona’s rally that cut the Dayton lead. The Bona defense tightened up, however, only allowing seven points and drawing two charges in the quarter. 

“I thought we showed some maturity by really battling back,” Fleming said. “We had some good energy in the third quarter.” 

In the third quarter, Johnson had four points (including a layup that cut the deficit to six), two assists and three rebounds. She finished the game with 12 points and drew two charges. 

“It says a lot, as far as having some grit,” Fleming said. “Instead of pointing fingers, she really did show some grit.” 

With the score siting at 47-40 in favor of the Flyers, Jenna Giacone led a quick 9-0 spurt from Dayton to extend the lead. Giacone had nine points in the final quarter and led all scorers with 20 points in the game. 

“I give them credit,” Fleming said. “Giacone had a great game and hit some big shots when we closed it to single digits.  

In a sloppy game, the Bonnies forced 22 Dayton turnovers, but also turned the ball over 18 times on their end.  

The Flyers out-rebounded the Bonnies, 42-22, and secured 14 offensive rebounds to just five from Bona. Flyers’ guard Araion Bradshaw had 11 rebounds, while forward Kyla Whitehead had seven rebounds, five coming on the offensive end.  

“I thought it was a step in the right direction as far as getting us back to that competitive level that we were earlier in the year,” Fleming said. 

The Bonnies have a week off until they host Duquesne at the Reilly Center on Sunday at noon. That game can be seen on ESPN+. 

What we learned from Bona women’s loss to Duquesne

photo: Dave DeNoma

By Dustyn Green

PITTSBURGH, PA — The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team led much of its contest against Duquesne in on Friday before falling, 71-63, to the Dukes. Below are four takeaways from the contest.

Guard the paint

One of the areas the Dukes dominated without any issue was the paint, and the Bonnies did not come prepared to ace the paint test in Pittsburgh. SBU gave the Dukes 32 points in the paint, with 18 in the first half. The Bonnies protected the three-point line very well and limited other damage. If damage control was activated this already close game, may have been closer.

Glimmers of hope

Early on, Duquesne hung on to a lead, but St. Bonaventure took command of the game afterward and retained it through much of the contest. In the first half, rising sophomore Amanda Kalin was silent and could not get on the scoresheet. However, the second half was a much different story, and Kalin put seven consecutive points on the board. The Bonnies showed promise when responding to plays on either side of the ball before giving up a 15-0 run to the Dukes.

Cut down turnovers and capitalize

One of the leading contributions to losses in basketball is the presence of a large number of turnovers. In this game, the Bonnies committed 18 turnovers and gave up 32 points on those turnovers. The Dukes were responsible for 13 turnovers, however, the Bonnies only cashed in for 11 points off of them.

Dziezgowski makes good first impression

In college sports, first impressions are crucial. Dziezgowski had the opportunity to give her’s in the contest, and it was a solid one. In 19 minutes, the freshman put up eight points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals. For the last several seasons, Fleming has lacked someone who can fill the entire stat sheet. If she can continue to do that down the stretch and for the next four years, her presence may pose issues for opposing teams.