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Bonnies Return Home To Face Bucknell Thursday Night

Bonnies Return Home To Face Bucknell Thursday Night

ST. BONAVENTURE (2-4) vs. BUCKNELL (5-2)
Thursday, Nov. 29 - 7:00 p.m.
Reilly Center
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TV: ESPN+ | Radio: WGWE 105.9 FM
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STORYLINE: The Bonnies women's basketball team returns home to the Reilly Center after a week on the road, facing 2018 WNIT entrant Bucknell on Thursday night. 

BONNIES BACK HOME AFTER TRIP WEST: St. Bonaventure returns home to the Reilly Center on Thursday night following a pair of games in Colorado last weekend for the Denver Thanksgiving Classic. St. Bonaventure dropped contests to undefeated Ohio, 70-53, and host Denver, 76-62, in two games against a pair of teams that are a combined 
10-1. Though the Bonnies came home without a victory, the Brown and White held Ohio 24 points below its season average and was within single digits vs. Denver with just over three minutes to play before the host Pioneers pulled away in the final moments.
 
SOUTHERN TIER CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER NIGHT: The St. Bonaventure women's basketball team will support the Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center (STCAC) this Thursday night, asking fans to donate new blankets and stuffed animals to those in need. The Bonnies are asking fans who attend Thursday night's women's basketball game vs. Bucknell to bring a new blanket or stuffed animal. Those donations will go toward the STCAC to help area children in need of aid during the holiday season. All fans who make a donation will receive a free ticket to the game which is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip off.
 
JOHNSON LANDS ON DENVER CLASSIC ALL-TOURNEY TEAM: Freshman Asianae Johnson averaged 10.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in two games against Ohio and Denver at the Denver Thanksgiving Classic. Her performance earned her a spot on the Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native scored 13 points against Denver on Saturday and added seven points against Ohio on Friday. Prior to the Denver Thanksgiving Classic, Johnson was tabbed as the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Nov. 19 after averaging 14.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in the previous two games.
 
LINEUP CHANGES: A pair of junior college transfers earned their first career Bonnies starts this past weekend as both Claudia Del Moral and Amanda Oliver joined the starting lineup. Del Moral took over the starting point guard duties beginning last Friday vs. Ohio and has the best assist-to-turnover ratio in the backcourt (16 A, 9 TO). Saturday vs. Denver, Oliver was in the starting lineup for the first time thanks in part to 6.5 rebounds per game which ranks second on the team. Two quick fouls and then an injury that she later returned from actually limited Oliver to a season-low 14 minutes and broke a string of five straight games with six or more rebounds, however. 
 
DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Junior Danielle Migliore has taken over a leading role in the Bonnies lineup following an injury to senior Mckenna Maycock. Saturday at Denver, Migliore delivered her third career double-double by finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds. 
 
EMILY ON THE BOARDS: Sophomore Emily Calabrese leads the Bonnies in rebounding this season with 7.3 rebounds per game on average. That's a total that ranks fifth among all Atlantic 10 players entering the week. At the start of the season, the New Jersey native scored her first career double-double in the win last Nov. 13 vs. Canisius, then reached 10 rebounds for the second consecutive game Nov. 17 vs. Hofstra. Last year, she reached double digit boards just once - 11 in an overtime contest at VCU. 
 
DROPPIN' DIMES: Redshirt junior Dajah Logan scored 11 points off the bench Saturday vs. Denver, her third game this season in double-figure scoring. The previous day vs. Ohio, though, she set her career high in assists by facilitating those around her. Against the Bobcats, she dished out six assists, her highest total in now her third collegiate season. 
 
JOHNSON A TOP FROSH: Freshman Asianae Johnson has made a splash thus far in her collegiate debut. Already an Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week selection (Nov. 19), she enters the week as the second-highest scoring freshman in the A-10 this season at 11.8 points per game. Only Saint Louis' Ciaja Harbison (12.3 ppg) ranks higher among A-10 freshmen entering the week. 
 
JORNLIN'S ROLE GROWS: Freshman Carrie Jornlin saw increased minutes during the Bonnies' trip to Denver. For the first time in her young career, she picked up double-digit minutes in back-to-back games including a career-high 18 minutes vs. Ohio. All three of the Bonnies' freshmen saw big minutes this past weekend - fellow frosh Asianae Johnson and Deja Francis are averaging 29 and 24 minutes respectively.
 
BONA VS. BUCKNELL - SERIES HISTORY
  • St. Bonaventure has faced Bucknell 11 times in the sport of women's basketball and this marks the third straight season the two teams have met in non-conference play.
  • The Bonnies have owned the short series, taking eight of the 11 meetings including last season's matchup in Lewisburg, Pa.
  • St. Bonaventure has won five of the seven meetings at the Reilly Center, but Bucknell won the last game at The RC, 57-35, on Dec. 6, 2016.
  • Last season, the Bonnies scored a big road win at the Sojka Pavilion, 59-48, a place where Bucknell had 29 of its last 30 games prior to the Bona victory there. Mckenna Maycock paced the Brown and White with 21 points and eight rebounds while
  • Danielle Migliore added 11 points. Emily Calabrese hauled in six rebounds. 

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