Francis Pours in 20 Points as Bonnies Fall Just Short vs. Duquesne

Deja Francis tied her career high with 20 points on Saturday in the Atlantic 10 opener for the Bonnies. (Photo: Vic Ozogar)
Deja Francis tied her career high with 20 points on Saturday in the Atlantic 10 opener for the Bonnies. (Photo: Vic Ozogar)

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Freshman Deja Francis matched a career high with 20 points against Atlantic 10 preseason favorite Duquesne, but the visiting Dukes rallied past the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team, 60-54, Saturday afternoon at the Reilly Center.

Mckenna Maycock added 13 points and seven rebounds, leading the Bonnies on the glass.

"There were some encouraging things, it is nice to see Deja Francis start to come into her own. The rest of the roster was just too up and down," St. Bonaventure head coach Jesse Fleming said. "We were executing well early on, winning loose balls, rebounding well. We just have to be consistently better for 40 minutes."

St. Bonaventure (3-11, 0-1 Atlantic 10) led for the majority of the first half, but Duquesne came out firing on all cylinders in the third quarter to change the complexion of the game.

Duquesne (7-7, 1-0) outscored the Bonnies 17-6 during the third to take a 12-point lead with just over 11 minutes left in the game.

Bona fought back, though, thanks to six straight fourth quarter points from Francis and a layup by Dajah Logan to pull within 56-52 with 1:51 to play.

Kadri-Ann Lass responded with a jumper just outside the paint for a six-point lead before Maycock worked to the line for two free throws and a 58-54 score.

With the Bonnies forced to foul as the clock ticked under 30 seconds, Libby Bazelak knocked down two free throws to give the Dukes a two possession lead with 27 seconds remaining.

A Bonnies turnover ended the threat, however.

The Bonnies jumped ahead early as the Dukes started cold, connecting on just two of their first 14 attempts from the floor.

Conversely, St. Bonaventure went 7-for-14 during the opening period and held a four-point lead, 16-12, after 10 minutes.

Duquesne had better luck in the second quarter, taking its first lead midway through the period. The final five minutes of the half were back-and-forth with the Bonnies going to break ahead, 32-31, following a trey from Francis.

A 12-1 run from the Dukes opened the third quarter, though, and would set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.

Julijana Vojinovic paced the Dukes with 13 points and Amanda Kalin added 12 points and eight rebounds.

"In the fourth quarter we were able to get stops again, but in the third quarter Duquesne was getting stops, set their 2-2-1 up and got us stagnant in their zone," Fleming assessed. "In the fourth we were able to spread the floor and were doing a decent job of attacking mismatches. That's why we preach that everything starts with defense, because that gets the offense going. I think we're a good team, everybody just has to be a little better."

The Bonnies now hit the road for a pair of A-10 contests away from home over the next week. First up is a Thursday night date at George Mason with game time set for 7 p.m. Bona will then travel to Philadelphia to play Saint Joseph's next Sunday.

GAME NOTES:

  • Francis had her sixth career double-figure scoring effort, adding five rebounds and four assists. She also notched 20 points last month in a win vs. Siena.
  • Duquesne won the battle of the boards, 37-33, and shot 40 percent from the floor (23-for-57) while the Bonnies finished shooting 38 percent (20-53).
  • Maycock led the Bonnies in rebounding for the second time this year and 14th time in her career. She also tallied her fifth consecutive double-figure scoring effort vs. Duquesne.
  • Logan surpassed 500 points for her collegiate career, finishing with five to move to 504 including two seasons at College of Charleston.

- By Scott Eddy, Director of Athletics Communications

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