Posted: Dec 08, 2018
IT'S GAMES TIME: St. Bonaventure is in the midst of its busiest week of the season, playing three times in the span of five days. The week started Wednesday morning when the Bonnies traveled to Akron for a 10:30 a.m. tip off time. Bona evened its record for the week with a victory over Siena at home Friday night, now makes the approximately three-hour trip south to State College for a date at Penn State.
WELCOME BACK, MCKENNA: Senior Mckenna Maycock made her return to action Wednesday at Akron, appearing for the first time in nearly a month. Maycock suffered an injury in the season-opening game Nov. 6 at Niagara and missed the following six games. Despite being in her first game back from injury, she played 37 minutes Wednesday and finished with 14 points and five assists, leading the Bonnies in both categories. She again led the Bonnies with six assists Friday vs. Siena, also finishing with eight points in 30 minutes.
MAKING HER PRESENCE FELT: The return of Mckenna Maycock has made a huge impact in the Bonnies on both sides of the floor. Offensively the numbers are obvious - in the six games without Maycock, the Bonnies shot 36.6 percent from the floor and 27.0 percent from beyond the arc. In three games with Maycock, the Bonnies are shooting 47.3 percent from the floor and 50 percent (25-for-50) from distance. Defensively, the Bonnies allowed 75.2 points per game without Maycock and so far just 57.7 points with her.
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 entered the week as the second-highest scoring freshman in the A-10 this season at 11.4 points per game. Only Saint Louis' Ciaja Harbison (12.3 ppg) ranks higher among A-10 freshmen entering the week. She was also a part of the Denver Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team for her efforts in Colorado two weeks ago. Friday vs. Siena, she finished with 15 points, one off a career high, along with a career-best seven rebounds while also drawing eight foul calls.
DEJA VU: Freshman Deja Francis and redshirt junior Dajah Logan powered the Bonnies to a 74-58 win over Siena Friday night. Francis dropped a career-high 20 points in the win, helping to put the game away with nine points during the fourth quarter. Logan sparked the Bonnies early, finishing with 15 points after four first half three-pointers. Logan's 15 points also matched her career high, previously set as a member of College of Charleston vs. UNCW two seasons ago prior to transferring to St. Bonaventure.
MORE ON DEJA: Francis not only poured in a game-high 20 points Friday, she also finished with five assists. It was the freshman's third game of double-figure scoring this season and she also posted her second consecutive game of over 30 minutes after playing a career-high 36 minutes at Akron Wednesday.
BONA VS. PENN STATE - SERIES HISTORY
- Sunday is the 14th meeting all-time between St. Bonaventure and Penn State. PSU was an original member of the Atlantic 10 from the 1982-83 season until 1990-91, playing the Bonnies twice per year from 1987-91 after the Bonnies joined the league for women's basketball starting in 1986-87.
- Penn State won all 10 meetings between the schools when they were league rivals, and the teams did not play between 1991 and 2014. Since the series was renewed four years ago, the Bonnies have won three straight over the Lady Lions - 65-62 at home last year; 70-60 at home in 2015 and 56-54 in 2014 in State College.
- In last year's meeting, Mckenna Maycock had perhaps her best game as a Bonnie, finishing with a career-high 23 points along with eight rebounds. A 17-3 run to start the third quarter from the Bonnies erased an early PSU lead - exactly one year ago (Dec. 9, 2017).
- In the last meeting in Happy Valley, Nyla Rueter put home a buzzer-beater for a two-point Bonnies win.
ABOUT PENN STATE
Penn State returns its four leading scorers from a year ago - Teniya Page, Amari Carter, Jaida Travascio-Green and Siyeh Frazier. Page was a Preseason All-Big Ten selection and she leads the team in scoring at nearly 20 points per game. As a team, the Lady Lions are shooting 41 percent from the floor. Sunday is the third of three non-conference games Penn State will play against Atlantic 10 foes - PSU is looking to bounce back from a home loss to Duquesne this past Wednesday (64-58) after winning at Fordham (72-55) on Nov. 14.