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AMHERST, Mass. – A clutch bucket from Mckenna Maycock with 41 seconds remaining and a pair of key defensive stops in the waning seconds pushed the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team to victory in a thriller Saturday afternoon at UMass, 64-63.
Maycock's running one-hander gave the Bonnies a one-point lead and the defense did the rest. A final second heave from UMass fell short and the Bonnies held on to improve to 2-4 in Atlantic 10 play.
"It was a real team effort," St. Bonaventure head coach Jesse Fleming said. "They were locked in and did what they needed to do to get a road win."
The two teams swapped the lead through the first quarter, and the Bonnies took the lead back to begin the second following a 3-pointer from Maycock.
A 7-0 break from the Bonnies began the second quarter, giving the visitors a 22-17 advantage. The Bonnies continued to maintain control for the majority of the second period, stretching their edge to nine, 31-22, with two and a half minutes left before half.
UMass chipped away at its deficit before intermission, but another bucket from Francis ultimately sent Bona to the break with a 33-29 edge.
St. Bonaventure started the second half strong, stretching the lead back to 43-38 midway through the third before UMass went on the attack.
The Minutewomen stormed ahead with a 13-0 sprint as the Bonnies went cold from the floor, going over five minutes without scoring.
Bona found its groove again to end the third and start the fourth, though.
Asianae Johnson went coast-to-coast for the lay-in to begin the final quarter to pull within a bucket. UMass responded, extending the deficit to 56-50, but six consecutive points from the Bonnies tied the game with 2:50 to play.
Two trips to the line and the fifth foul on Deja Francis pushed the Minutewomen back ahead, 58-56, but Johnson used the glass on a drive to the bucket for the tie.
Destiney Philoxy responded with a trey on the ensuing possession for the 61-58 score with 1:38 remaining.
On the next two trips down the floor, Maycock and Johnson each worked their way to the line – and both calmly knocked down both shots, pushing the Bonnies ahead, 62-61, with under 50 seconds left.
Bre Hampton-Bey put the Minutewomen back ahead with 46 seconds to go, but Maycock raced down the floor and finished with her left hand for a 64-63 lead.
Two more stops on the defensive end sealed the win.
"I'm proud of the way we finished there," Fleming said. "We got two big defensive stops that got the victory."
The Bonnies return to action Wednesday morning with a trip to Rhode Island for an 11 a.m. tipoff on a special Education Day in the Ocean State.
- Asianae Johnson made her 19th consecutive start and is the only Bonnies player to start every game this season
- Claudia Del Moral made her third start of the year and first since Nov. 24 at Denver
- Amanda Oliver made her 10th start of the season
- Bona has won three straight games over UMass
- Deja Francis finished with eight points and seven assists along with five rebounds
- St. Bonaventure shot 41 percent from the floor and won the rebounding battle, 35-30.
- By Scott Eddy, Director of Athletics Communications
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