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Francis Earns Spot on Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball All-Rookie Team

Francis Earns Spot on Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball All-Rookie Team

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – St. Bonaventure freshman Deja Francis has earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team, officials announced Thursday.

The guard from Queens, N.Y. made an impact throughout her debut season.

Appearing in all 30 games during the year including 27 starts, Francis averaged 9.4 points, 3.5 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 29.1 minutes per game.

She finished the year with a team-best 104 assists, the most by any St. Bonaventure freshman since Tricia Pawling posted 108 during the 1994-95 season.

During the season she ranked fourth among all Atlantic 10 players and second among freshmen in assists, but was even better during conference play.

In 16 Atlantic 10 games, she led all conference freshmen and was second among all players with 4.4 assists per game and her 71 assists in conference contests were just two off league leader Katie Turner of Davidson (73).

Francis finished the regular season with a career-high 10 assists at Duquesne, the most in a single game by any Atlantic 10 player in a conference game this year. She also handed out nine helpers in a win at George Mason in January.

She also showed the ability to post points as well, recording 12 games of double-figure scoring including a pair of 20-point efforts.

Joining her on the All-Rookie Team are Destiney Philoxy of UMass, Katie Jekot of Saint Joseph's as well as Brooke Flowers and Ciaja Harbison of Saint Louis and Kseniya Malashka of VCU.

Francis becomes the first Bonnies player named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team since Dana Mitchell received the honor in 2006-07. Mitchell would go on to become the only player in program history to have her number retired.

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