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Deja Vu: Francis, Logan Lead Bonnies To Victory Over Siena, 74-58

Dajah Logan, left, and Deja Francis scored a combined 35 points to power the Bonnies Friday. (Photo: Craig Melvin)
Dajah Logan, left, and Deja Francis scored a combined 35 points to power the Bonnies Friday. (Photo: Craig Melvin)
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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – For much of Friday night's game it was the Dajah and Deja Show as the two Bonnies newcomers powered the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team to a 74-58 victory over Siena at the Reilly Center.

The first standout performance came from a freshman who played beyond her years – Deja Francis drained a game-high 20 points and took the game over in the fourth after Siena had rallied to tie. Redshirt junior Dajah Logan gave the Bonnies a spark early, finishing with 15 points including a 5-for-8 performance from the floor and 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.

"It was a total team effort tonight. We started a little slow and we brought four subs in and they gave us a lift. From there it was one player after another making plays for us," St. Bonaventure head coach Jesse Fleming said. "Dajah Logan made some threes, Danielle Migliore made some big shots. Deja Francis started to feel it a little bit and had an incredible performance. She gave us the type of performance we knew she could give us, she took over the game."

Asianae Johnson helped ice the game late with free throws, finishing with a stellar stat line as well of 15 points and seven rebounds.

Siena scored the game's first four points, but the Bonnies responded with an 11-0 run to grab their first lead. The Saints posted a pair of buckets before the first quarter buzzer for a 12-11 edge after 10 minutes.

The Bonnies pushed ahead in the second quarter on the strength of their perimeter shooting – in particular that of Dajah Logan. The redshirt junior drilled all four of her attempts from distance during the first half and the Bonnies connected on seven of 10 attempts from long range as a team to build a 10-point lead that ultimately saw the hosts go to intermission ahead, 38-30.

Siena would use a run of its own to tie the game, though, at 47-47 late in the third, and the Bonnies led by just a bucket, 52-50, heading for the fourth quarter.

Unlike Wednesday, when the Bonnies could not hold a two possession lead late at Akron, the Brown and White would not be denied this time around.

Francis came alive as the game was in doubt. She tallied nine of her points during the final quarter including a clutch three-pointer that extended the lead to 59-52 with 8:35 to play. From there, Siena never pulled closer.

St. Bonaventure shot 45 percent from the floor (23-51) including an impeccable 8-for-12 during the fourth quarter.

Maddie Sims led Siena (3-6) with 15 points and was the only Saints player to reach double figures.

"Everyone on the roster gave us something," Fleming said. "We need to get a little cleaner defensively, but that's something where we need to continue to grow."

The Bonnies are quickly back in action with a trip to Penn State Sunday. Game time is set for 2 p.m. in Happy Valley.

GAME NOTES:

  • For the second consecutive game, the Bonnies used a starting lineup of Oliver, Johnson, Maycock, Francis and Logan.
  • The Bonnies tied a season high with 12 three-pointers, going 12-for-19 from deep. St. Bonaventure hit 12 three-pointers in the triple overtime win vs. Canisius last month.
  • Johnson drew an astounding eight fouls.
  • The Bonnies went 16-for-21 from the foul line.
  • St. Bonaventure shot 55 percent from the floor during the second half.
  • Mckenna Maycock led the Bonnies in assists for the second straight game, handing out six. The Bonnies had 16 assists on 23 made baskets.
  • Bona led the battle of the boards, 37-27.
  • SBU has not lost to Siena at home since 2006 and moved to 8-2 all-time vs. the Saints at The RC.

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