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Bonnies Start Final Stretch of Regular Season Sunday at GW

Bonnies Start Final Stretch of Regular Season Sunday at GW

ST. BONAVENTURE at GEORGE WASHINGTON
Sunday, Feb. 24 - 12:00 p.m.
Washington, D.C. 
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With three games remaining, the Bonnies could still land anywhere from sixth to 12th in the final A-10 standings with the top eight seeds hosting a first round tournament game. The last stretch begins with a Sunday trip to George Washington, a place where the Bonnies have historically always had a tough time against a tough Colonials squad.

BY THE NUMBERS - ST. BONAVENTURE AT GEORGE WASHINGTON

  • 1.1 - SBU scored the win vs. URI, 62-61, Thursday following an inbound play from Deja Francis to Asianae Johnson with 1.1 seconds left for the game-winning layup as time expired.
  • 2 - The Bonnies have two one-point wins in A-10 play this season - vs. Rhode Island Thursday (62-61) and at UMass Jan. 26 (64-63).
  • 5 - Now with five Atlantic 10 wins, the Bonnies have their most conference victories since scoring 12 in the 2015-16 season. 
  • 12 - Johnson recorded her 12th game of double-figure scoring vs. URI. That's the most for a Bonnies freshman since Gabby Richmond also had 12 as a redshirt freshman in 2013-14.
  • 12.1 - Mckenna Maycock ranks 15th in the A-10 at 12.1 ppg. She also is among A-10 leaders in rebounding (15th, 5.5 rpg), 3s per game (2.2, 3rd), and 3-point pct. (32.8%, 13th). 
  • 35.2 - Bree Paulson ranks fourth in the Atlantic 10 this year by shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc (31-for-88).
  • 42.7 - Asianae Johnson is ninth in the A-10 this season in field goal percentage, shooting 42.7 percent from the floor this year.
  • 82 - The 82 assists from freshman Deja Francis are the most by any Bona freshman since Tricia Pawling had 108 in 1994-95. Pawling is third all-time on the SBU career assists list (434).
MAYCOCK MAKES IT A THREE-PEAT: For the third straight season, graduate student Mckenna Maycock is a member of the Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-Region Teams. Joining Maycock on the District 1 Team are Lindsey Abed of the University of Hartford, Laura Bagwell-Katalinich of Cornell, Erika Steeves of Brown and Erin Storock of Sacred Heart. The teams were voted on and selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The Randolph, N.Y. native graduated early with an undergraduate degree in accounting, owning a 3.97 cumulative GPA. Also a two-time member of the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team, she has earned a spot on the University Dean's List every semester of her college career and has also been on the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll each semester.
 
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Freshman Asianae Johnson got some national attention following her buzzer-beater to send the Bonnies to a 62-61 win over Rhode Island Feb. 21. The highlight of her game-winning layup as time expired ranked at No. 2 on the 11 p.m. ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 Plays and stayed at No. 3 for the Los Angeles ediiton of the show.
 
BEATING THE BUZZER: When the Bonnies scored a 62-61 win over Rhode Island Feb. 21 on Asianae Johnson's layup as time expired, it gave SBU its first true "buzzer-beater" win in over a decade. It was also the first time the Bonnies scored a game-winning bucket with two seconds or less left on the clock since a Nyla Rueter layup gave Bona a 56-54 win at Penn State Nov. 25, 2014.
 
HELPING HAND: Freshman Deja Francis is fourth in the Atlantic 10 during conference play with 54 assists - an average of 4.2 helpers per game in her first A-10 season.
 
YOUTH IS SERVED: Freshmen combined for 29 of Bona's 62 points in Thursday's win over Rhode Island. Deja Francis tallied 15 points and filled the stat sheet with five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Teammate Asianae Johnson totaled 14 points on the night and had a team-best +9 plus/minus rating.
 
PLAYING HER BEST VS. THE BEST: Freshman Asianae Johnson turned in another strong effort Feb. 6 vs. VCU, finishing with 15 points on
6-of-11 shooting from the floor. The 15 points tie for her second-most in a Bonnies uniform behind only a 16-point showing vs. Hofstra in November. During a 10-day span between Feb. 6-16 where the Bonnies played the league's top three teams (VCU, Davidson, Fordham), the freshman averaged 11.7 ppg and shot 58 percent from the floor.
 
ON THE BREAK: SBU had a season-best 18 fast break points vs. Rhode Island Feb. 21. 
 
IN THE PAINT: The Bonnies were +10 for points in the paint (20-10) vs. Fordham on Feb. 16, the team's best margin in the paint this
season.
 
BONNIES VS. GW - SERIES HISTORY
  • The two teams will meet for the 44th time in the series with GW owning a commanding 36-7 all-time series lead.
  • GW won the 32 of the first 33 meetings between 1987 and 2008.
  • St. Bonaventure has won five of the last nine games, however.
  • The Bonnies had won five straight games over the Colonials at the Reilly Center dating to 2008 prior to last year when GW outlasted Bona, 63-56, despite the game beind tied, 46-46 with just over five minutes to play.
  • It was also a close victory for GW the last time these teams met in the nation's capital, 63-57, on Feb. 15, 2017. On that night, then-sophomore Mckenna Maycock posted 11 points off the bench along with eight rebounds.
  • SBU has lost 18 of 19 meetings at GW with its only win coming on Jan. 15, 2011. 
ABOUT GW
  • George Washington enters Sunday's contest with an overall record of 9-17 and 6-7 in the Atlantic 10. The Colonials are coming off of a 66-59 win to UMass on Feb. 20 and currently sits at ninth in the Atlantic 10 standings.
  • Sophomore Neila Luma is leading the Colonials this season with an average of 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
  • Mei-Lyn Bautista, who was named to the preseason Atlantic-10 all conference second team and all-defensive team is averaging 9.2 points and 3.7 rebounds this season. As a junior, Bautista averaged 8.1 points and 4.3 assists.
  • The Colonials rank 14th in the Atlantic 10 in points per game (51.2), but fourth in defense (57.5 ppg allowed).

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