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Penn State Pushes Past Bonnies, 80-65

Danielle Migliore had a team-high 15 points Sunday. (Photo: Scott Eddy)
Danielle Migliore had a team-high 15 points Sunday. (Photo: Scott Eddy)

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – St. Bonaventure controlled the majority of the first half and led as late as midway through the third quarter, but could not overcome Big Ten opponent Penn State on the road as the Lady Lions claimed a 80-65 victory Sunday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Danielle Migliore led the Bonnies in scoring with 15 points while Dajah Logan chipped in with 13, Deja Francis had 12 and Mckenna Maycock posted 10.

St. Bonaventure (3-7) built an 11-4 lead over the first eight minutes of the game and went to the second quarter leading by a 14-11 margin after limiting Penn State to an icy 3-for-20 from the floor.

Penn State (6-4) would not take its first lead until the 6:49 mark of the second quarter, but the Bonnies pulled ahead again on the power of back-to-back threes from Maycock and Migliore. The Lady Lions would claim a 34-32 edge at halftime, though, following a put-back off the glass from Bexley Wallace.

In the third, Penn State opened hot to take its largest lead of the day, 48-40, but the Bonnies would roar back. Back-to-back threes from Migliore and another from Maycock tied the game before a running one-hander from freshman Asianae Johnson put the Bonnies back ahead, 53-52.

Penn State would score seven of the final eight points of the penultimate quarter, though, and went to the fourth leading 59-54.

The Lady Lions surged ahead by nine midway through the fourth, but the Bonnies closed within 67-61 with just under four minutes to play following a three from Logan.

Unfortunately for the Bonnies, that would be as close as they would get the rest of the way. A turnover and a trey from the Lady Lions set the stage for a strong finish for the hosts.

Teniya Page, a Preseason All-Big Ten selection and the ninth-leading scorer in Penn State history, led all scorers with 23 points for the Lady Lions.

St. Bonaventure shot 40 percent from the floor (22-for-55) while Penn State finished at a 38.6 percent clip (27-70) and won the battle of the boards, 44-38, including 16 offensive rebounds which led to 16 second chance points.

After playing three games in a five-day span, the Bonnies now break for finals. Next up, the Bonnies will play host to Kent State Monday, Dec. 17. Tip-off at the Reilly Center is slated for 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES:

  • The Bonnies used a starting lineup of Asianae Johnson, Mckenna Maycock, Deja Francis, Amanda Oliver and Dajah Logan for the third consecutive game.
  • Migliore's 15 points marks her second-highest offensive output this season. She went 4-for-7 from distance and has gone 9-for-13 from beyond the arc during the past three games.
  • With 13 points, Logan was just two off her career high which she tied Friday night vs. Siena.
  • Francis was in double-figure scoring for the second consecutive game and fifth time this season.
  • Oliver led the Bonnies in rebounding with eight boards, the second consecutive game she led the team on the boards and fourth this season.

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