Posted: Jan 12, 2019
BONNIES EVEN A-10 RECORD WITH WIN AT MASON: The Bonnies are fresh off an impressive fourth quarter rally at George Mason on Thursday night, 68-57. St. Bonaventure erased a a 14-point second half deficit thanks in large part to outscoring Mason by a 32-12 margin during the fourth quarter. The 32 points scored in the fourth are the second most by the Bonnies since the game shifted to quarters for the 2015-16 season - and most ever on the road. The only quarter with a larger offensive output: St. Bonaventure scored 34 points in the third quarter of a home win vs. Niagara on Nov. 10, 2017.
FRANCIS ON A-10 HONOR ROLL: Bonnies freshman Deja Francis earned a spot on this week's Atlantic 10 weekly Honor Roll for her efforts last week. In a pair of games, she averaged 17.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists and shot 48 percent from the floor. Saturday vs. Duquesne in her first career A-10 game, she matched her career high of 20 points and also had a career-best eight made field goals, adding four assists and five rebounds. While she narrowly missed a third straight double-figure scoring effort with nine points Thursday at Mason, she dished out a career high nine assists with only the 10 assists in the season opener at Niagara from Mckenna Maycock being a higher assist total by any Bonnie this year.
ATLANTIC 10 PLAY UNDERWAY: In the Atlantic 10 portion of the schedule, teams will face each other once apiece while every team plays three opponents twice as part of a 16-game slate. St. Bonaventure will play Duquesne, George Mason and Rhode Island twice this season - the second consecutive year of having those three teams in home-and-home series.
ANOTHER DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING EFFORT FOR DEJA: Freshman Deja Francis finished with 20 points last Saturday vs. Duquesne,
following up a 14-point effort at Cornell Dec. 31. It was the sixth double figure scoring effort of her career with those games coming in three separate back-to-back contests - Nov. 17 & Nov. 23 vs. Hofstra and Ohio; Dec. 7 & Dec. 9 vs. Siena and Penn State and now Dec. 31 & Jan. 5 vs. Cornell and Duquesne.
BREAKING THE TREND: Bona trailed, 29-23, at halftime Thursday at Mason. Prior to Thursday's game, the Bonnies were 0-10 this
season when trailing at halftime, but snapped that streak with a rally in the second half for the win.
BLOCK PARTY Amanda Oliver recorded four blocks Thursday at George Mason - the most by any Bonnies player in a single game this season. In all, St. Bonaventure posted seven total blocks - the most as a team in a single game during the Jesse Fleming Era and most since having 10 in an overtime win over George Washington on Feb. 17, 2016.
YOUR MISCUES ARE OUR FORTUNE: St. Bonaventure finished with 19 points off turnovers in Thursday's win over George Mason. The Bonnies have posted a higher point total off opponent turnovers just once this year - 23 in triple overtime vs. Canisius.
SNAPPING THE VA JINX: When St. Bonaventure scored a win over George Mason on Jan. 10, it marked the snapping of a longstanding jinx - the Brown and White had not won in the state of Virginia in nearly five years. The victory at Mason snapped what was a 12-game losing streak in Virginia dating to a March 7, 2014 win over La Salle in the A-10 quarterfinals in Richmond.
STEPPING UP IN THE CLUTCH: St. Bonaventure's come-from-behind win Jan. 10 at George Mason was keyed by a clutch late performance from freshman Asianae Johnson. The freshman posted 11 points during the fourth quarter, representing the most points by a Bonnies player in a single quarter this year.
MILESTONE WATCH: Redshirt junior Dajah Logan reached 500 career points with a three to start the scoring vs. Duquesne Jan. 5. That total includes her one season so far with the Bonnies as well as 378 points scored in two seasons at the College of Charleston. Fellow redshirt junior Bree Paulson enters Sunday needing five points to get to 700 for her collegiate career.
RALLY CAPS ON: St. Bonaventure erased a 14-point second half deficit in Thursday's win at George Mason. Not only is that the largest deficit overcome in a Bonnies win this season, it also is the largest since coming back from a 17-point hole in the third quarter of last year's season-opener vs. Niagara.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Bonnies will seek their second consecutive win on the road at Saint Joseph's Sunday. St. Bonaventure has not won back-to-back true road games since winning at Rhode Island and at Davidson in January 2016.
BONNIES VS. SAINT JOSEPH'S - SERIES HISTORY
- The Hawks have controlled the all-time series between the schools, winning 40 of the 53 all-time meetings.
- In the early days of the series, it was all Saint Joseph's as the Hawks won the first 10 meetings from 1987 to 1991, and later ran off a string of 18 straight wins from 1995 to 2003.
- In recent years, however, the Bonnies have had much better luck as SBU had won five of the previous seven meetings before the Hawks won back-to-back in 2017 and 2018.
- In the lone meeting between the Bonnies and the Hawks last season at the Reilly Center, Mariah Ruff poured in a career-high 31 points, making 11 field goals and eight being from long distance.
- The Bonnies' last win against the Hawks was on Jan. 27, 2016 at the Reilly Center, 65-51. St. Bonaventure finished 24-8 overall and 12-4 in the Atlantic 10 while earning an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament in the 2015-16 season. SBU has not won at Hawk Hill since a 78-52 win in the A-10 quarterfinals on March 4, 2012 - right before the team went on a run to the Sweet 16.