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Bonnies Return From Finals To Host Kent State Monday Night

Bonnies Return From Finals To Host Kent State Monday Night
ST. BONAVENTURE vs. KENT STATE
Monday, Dec. 17 - 7:00 p.m.
Reilly Center
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BONNIES RETURN TO ACTION: After playing three games in a five-day stretch between Dec. 5-9, the Bonnies were off last week for finals. St. Bonaventure returns to action Monday night vs. Kent State in the first of three remaining non-conference games with Monday marking the non-conference home finale. The Bonnies wrap up the non-conference slate at Buffalo on Sunday and at Cornell on New Year's Eve afternoon. 
 
WELCOME BACK, MCKENNA: Senior Mckenna Maycock made her return to action Dec. 5 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. She's showed little rust since returning, averaging 10.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 32.7 minutes per contest during last week's rush of three games in five days. 
 
MAKING HER PRESENCE FELT: The return of Maycock has made a huge impact in the Bonnies since coming back to the lineup Dec. 5. In the six games without Maycock, the Bonnies shot 36.6 percent from the floor and 27.0 percent from beyond the arc. In four games with Maycock, the Bonnies are shooting 41.4 percent overall including 50 percent from long range (28-for-56). With Maycock in the lineup, five players are averaging in double-figure scoring: Deja Francis (13.6 ppg), Dajah Logan (11.7 ppg), Asianae Johnson (11.0 ppg), Danielle Migliore (10.0 ppg) and the senior herself (10.7 ppg). With Maycock out of the lineup, only Johnson was averaging in double figures. 
 
NON-CONFERENCE TESTS: St. Bonaventure will enter the Atlantic 10 portion of the schedule next month well tested after having faced a challenging non-conference slate. The Bonnies have played five RPI Top 150 teams, with four being on road or neutral floors (at Denver, RPI 74; vs. Ohio, 79; at Penn State, 112 and at Georgia, 145) as well as a home date vs. RPI 56 Bucknell. Kent State sits 172 in the current RPI. Three Bonnies foes - Bucknell (No. 10), Ohio (No. 15) and Denver (No. 21) - rank in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 while Sunday's opponent, Buffalo, is at No. 6. 
 
THREE-POINT PROWESS: The Bonnies have been proficient beyond the arc this year. One season removed from setting the program record for 3s (241), the Bonnies this year lead the A-10 in 3-point percentage (35.4%) and are second in 3s made (64). 
 
DAZZLING DANIELLE: Of all the players to benefit from the return to the lineup of Mckenna Maycock, perhaps Danielle Migliore has shown the biggest jump in production. Over the past three games (at Akron, vs. Siena, at Penn State), Migliore has connected on 9 of 13 shot attempts from beyond the arc, good for a 69.2 shooting percentage. Overall, she's 10-for-15 from the floor (66.7 percent) during the stretch. For the year, her 22 3s are fourth in  the A-10.
 
OLIVER'S BOARD WORK: During last week's marathon stretch of three games, junior Amanda Oliver continued her solid work on the boards. She hauled in 22 rebounds for the week, averaging 7.3 rebounds per game. For the year, she ranks eighth in the Atlantic 10 at 6.3 rpg. and has six or more rebounds in seven games this season.
 
BONA VS. KENT STATE - SERIES HISTORY
  • Monday will be the 13th meeting all-time between the Bonnies and Golden Flashes in the sport of women's basketball and first since Dec. 20, 2013. The first meeting came at the Reilly Center on Dec. 28, 1999 - a Kent State victory.
  • St. Bonaventure has won the previous five meetings between the programs, dating between 2007 and 2013.
  • Kent State has not made the trip to the Reilly Center since Dec. 18, 2012 when the Bonnies dominated in a 79-42 win. 
ABOUT KENT STATE
  • Kent State was picked to finish fourth in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) East Division preseason coaches' poll.
  • The Golden Flashes return two starters off last year's team that finished 13-19 overall - guards Ali Poole and Alexa Golden.
  • Megan Carter leads the Golden Flashes this season at 16.1 ppg while Asiah Dingle chips in with 11.4 ppg.
  • At 4-4 on the young season, Kent State has scored wins at home over Northern Kentucky (62-61), Oakland (75-65) and Youngstown State (62-34), but is just 1-3 on the road with its only win coming at NEC favorite Robert Morris last Friday, 54-46.
FRESHMAN FIRE
  • Bona's freshman guards, both New York City natives, have made an instant impact as Asianae Johnson and Deja Francis are two of the Atlantic 10's top freshmen.
  • Johnson, who was selected as the A-10 Rookie of the Week Nov. 19 and earned a spot on the Denver Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team, ranks second among all A-10 freshmen in scoring, behind only Saint Louis' Ciaja Harbison.
  • Johnson has reached double-figure scoring in six games including a career high 16 points Nov. 17 vs. Hofstra.
  • Not to be outdone, Francis has been another reason the Bonnies have great hopes for the future. She scored a career-high 20 points including nine during the fourth quarter of a Dec. 7 win over Siena.
  • Francis has four double-figure scoring efforts and during a three-game stretch in five days in the first week of December (at Akron, vs. Siena, at Penn State) averaged 13.7 ppg in 30.3 minutes per contest to land on the Atlantic 10 Honor Roll.
  • They continue a long tradition the program has had with recruiting guards from the Big Apple. Francis comes to the Bonnies from the storied Murry Bergtraum program which also produced Armelia Horton who played for Bona from 2008-12 and was a key component to the Bonnies' 2012 Sweet 16 team. Priscilla Edwards '09, a Harlem product, was also one of the best Bona guards in recent history. Johnson, meanwhile, played her high school ball at Brooklyn's Grand St. Campus. "We have a tradition of tough New York City area guards propelling us to success," Bona head coach Jesse Fleming said. "We think Deja and Asianae have a chance to continue that legacy."
GETTING TO THE LINE
  • The Bonnies registered just 444 free throw attempts last year, a total that was second-lowest in the A-10 behind only Rhode Island (440).
  • St. Bonaventure has done a much better job getting to the line so far in 2018-19, ranking second in the A-10 in free throw attempts (192) and also 43rd in the nation.
  • St. Bonaventure also stands second in the A-10 and 34th in the nation in free throws made (137) entering the week of Dec. 13.
LOGAN STEPPING UP
  • Redshirt junior Dajah Logan has been giving the Bonnies the type of production they envisioned when she transferred from the College of Charleston following the 2016-17 season.
  • Over the past three games, Logan is averaging 11.7 points per game while shooting 52 percent from the floor (13-for-25) and 61.5 percent from beyond the arc (8-for-13).
  • She finished with a career high six assists Nov. 23 vs. Ohio in Denver.