Dominating Fourth Quarter Sends Bonnies To Win at Mason, 68-57

Asianae Johnson scored 11 points during the fourth quarter on Thursday night. (Photo: Scott Eddy)
Asianae Johnson scored 11 points during the fourth quarter on Thursday night. (Photo: Scott Eddy)

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FAIRFAX, Va. – A 32-point fourth quarter allowed the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team to erase a 14-point second half deficit and score a thrilling 68-57 road victory at George Mason Thursday night.

"We kept battling and battling. We kept defending," St. Bonaventure head coach Jesse Fleming said. "We've kept saying that we are a good team and we were going to start seeing the results. You can go through seven or eight players and they all did an awesome job tonight to pick up an Atlantic 10 win."

An all-around effort sent the Bonnies (4-11, 1-1 Atlantic 10) to victory and snapped a pair of jinxes – Bona had not won in the state of Virginia in over four years and had never won at George Mason.

Mckenna Maycock paced the scoring attack with 18 points, adding seven rebounds, while Dajah Logan finished with 15 points. Asianae Johnson was electric down the stretch, scoring 11 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter. Fellow freshman Deja Francis contributed nine points and a career high nine assists while Danielle Migliore chipped in with seven points, all coming during the fourth quarter, and seven boards.

George Mason (8-7, 0-2 A-10) held a 37-23 lead with 7:47 left in the third quarter and scored the first points of the fourth to move ahead by 11, 47-36, following a jumper by Camarie Gatling.

From there, though, the tide turned.

Back-to-back treys from Migliore and Logan started a 15-2 rally and seven straight points from Johnson pulled the Bonnies ahead, 53-51, at the 4:06 mark of the fourth.

A jumper from Nicole Cardano-Hillary tied the game less than 10 second later, but Migliore drove the baseline for a layup through traffic to re-take the lead on the next trip down the floor.

With the Bonnies' two-point edge still intact with 1:19 to play, Maycock drilled a clutch three to stretch the lead to two possessions. The Bonnies forced a Mason turnover and Maycock then worked to the line for two shots.

The two freshmen – Francis and Johnson each went two-for-two at the line in the final 15 seconds to ice the game.

For the fourth quarter, the Bonnies held a 32-12 margin over the Patriots. While the Bonnies shot 10-for-15 during the final quarter, Mason hit just 6-of-17 attempts and had four costly turnovers that led to 10 points for St. Bonaventure.

Amanda Oliver led the Bonnies on the boards with nine rebounds as the visitors finished with a 44-41 lead on the glass including 11 offensive rebounds. Oliver also had four blocks.

"Mckenna, Dajah, Danielle all made big shots. Asianae and Deja really stepped up," Fleming emphasized. "Amanda gave us some tremendous energy. This was a true team win."

The Bonnies held a 13-12 edge after 10 minutes of play, then extended their lead to 18-12 a minute into the second quarter as Logan quickly reached double figures.

A 12-2 sprint from the Patriots before the break, though, sent the Patriots to intermission holding a 29-23 advantage.

Mason's run continued into the third quarter as the hosts came out of halftime on fire, racing to a 37-23 cushion before a counterpunch from Maycock got the Bonnies back into the game.

Maycock put home eight straight points – two 3-pointers and a fast break following her own steal – to get the Bonnies back within 37-31 at the third quarter media timeout. Bona could pull no closer during the quarter, however. A bucket at the buzzer put the Patriots lead at nine, 45-36, with 10 minutes to play before the momentum changed in favor of the Brown and White.

Cardano-Hillary, the A-10's leading scorer, led all scorers with 27 points on 10-of-25 shooting from the floor. No other Patriot was in double figures.

St. Bonaventure remains on the road, making the trip to Philadelphia for a Sunday afternoon date at Saint Joseph's. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.

GAME NOTES:

  • The 32 points scored during the fourth quarter represent Bona's second most points scored in any period since the game went to four quarters for the 2015-16 season. The only time the Bonnies have scored more points in a single quarter was in the 2017-18 season-opener when Bona poured in 34 against Niagara on Nov. 10, 2017.
  • Oliver had the most blocks of any Bonnies player this season and the team finished with a season-high seven swats.
  • Bree Paulson joined the starting lineup for the first time since Nov. 24 at Denver and made her seventh start of the year overall.
  • St. Bonaventure had lost 12 straight games in the state of Virginia dating to March 7, 2014 when the Bonnies defeated La Salle in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals at the Richmond Coliseum. St. Bonaventure's last road win vs. a Virginia-based team was Jan. 24, 2014 at Richmond.
  • George Mason had won all four previous meetings in the series on its home floor and had won four straight overall over the Bonnies including a win in the first round of last year's Atlantic 10 Tournament.
  • Francis' nine assists are second only to Maycock's 10 in this year's opener at Niagara.

- By Scott Eddy, Director of Athletics Communications

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