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Bonnies Win Third Straight, 64-55, vs. George Mason

The Bonnies won their third straight game Sunday behind 19 points from Mckenna Maycock and 13 from Deja Francis. (Photo: Dylan Nuzzo)
The Bonnies won their third straight game Sunday behind 19 points from Mckenna Maycock and 13 from Deja Francis. (Photo: Dylan Nuzzo)
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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Four Bonnies scored in double figures and the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team led nearly start-to-finish in an impressive 64-55 victory over George Mason Sunday at the Reilly Center.

The victory stretches the Bonnies' winning streak to three games and improves their Atlantic 10 record to 4-4 while George Mason slips to 3-5.

Mckenna Maycock led the way with 19 points and eight rebounds and Deja Francis finished with 13 points and six assists as well as three steals. Danielle Migliore and Bree Paulson each had 10 points as well for the Bonnies.

"It was a really solid all around effort for us. We've been locked in," St. Bonaventure head coach Jesse Fleming said. "I like where we've been offensively and defensively. We're sharing the ball and getting great contributions from our bench."

The Bonnies opened strong, using a 12-2 run out of the gates for the early lead.

The gap stood at nine, 17-8, after the first quarter, but the Bonnies unleashed an 11-0 run to begin the second quarter.

Bona hit seven of its first 14 tries from beyond the arc and raced ahead, 31-12, early in the second period. George Mason responded with a 9-0 break of its own to cut the gap to 10, but five unanswered points from the Bonnies sent the hosts to intermission with a 36-21 cushion.

The visitors worked their way back into the game with a strong third, however.

George Mason shot 57 percent from the floor during the third (8-for-14) and cut within nine, 48-39, with 10 minutes to play.

The lead extended back to 57-44 with 6:33 left following a drive to the bucket from Johnson, but Mason had one run remaining. Six straight points from the Patriots closed the score to 57-51 with still 3:01 to go, but Johnson helped to end the threat.

She started with another aggressive run to the basket for a score, then found Emily Calabrese on a pass through traffic underneath for the hoop and harm leading to a traditional three-point play.

From there, the Patriots never challenged again.

"She is like the Mariano Rivera for us," Fleming said. "She's kind of our closer. She is just so explosive and that's why we like to put her into the point guard position down the stretch of games and watch what she can do."

St. Bonaventure's defense did a solid job on Atlantic 10 leading scorer Nicole Cardano-Hillary, who has 1,000 career points as just a sophomore but finished seven points under her season average with 13 points Sunday. Camarie Gatling paced the Patriots with 17 points.

The Bonnies are back in action Wednesday night at home against Atlantic 10 leading VCU at 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES:

  • Bona limited the Patriots to eight first quarter points, the seventh time this year the Bonnies defense has held an opponent to single digit scoring in a quarter.
  • Francis had her third straight game of five or more assists and fifth this season.
  • SBU had four players in double figure scoring for the first time since Dec. 9 at Penn State.
  • The Bonnies shot better than 40 percent for the third consecutive game, finishing at 43 percent for the game (23-53) and finished with 11 three-pointers on the day. George Mason was held to 38 percent (21-55) from the floor and went 4-for-20 from distance.
  • The lead was held by the Bonnies for 38:41 of game time and the Patriots led just once after scoring the first two points of the game on the opening possession. 
  • St. Bonaventure finished a season sweep of George Mason after also winning on the road vs. the Patriots on Jan. 10. Mason defeated SBU three times last season including in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. 

- By Scott Eddy, Director of Athletics Communications

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