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Bonnies Defeat Cortland, 68-54, Behind Johnson's 16 Points

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team kicked off the 2019-20 season with a 68-54 victory over Cortland in Wednesday night's exhibition game behind three Bonnies scoring in double figures.

Asianae Johnson led all Bonnies scorers with 16 points while newcomer Jurnee President poured in 14 points, Dajah Logan added 11.

A slow start saw the Bonnies trailing by seven at the end of the first quarter, 21-14. The rust came off in the second and third quarters, however.

The Bonnies used a 12-0 run to take the lead, closing out the first half with a six-point edge, 34-28. Johnson was key in the Bona comeback with 12 first half points, shooting a perfect 5-of-5 in the first half and hauled in four rebounds.

Coming out of the break, the Bonnies outscored the Red Dragons, 23-9, in the third quarter to pull away, holding a 57-37 advantage heading into the final period.

The Bonnies shot 43 percent from the floor (28-for-66) on Wednesday evening and outrebounded Cortland, 44-32. The Bona defense stepped up in the second half and forced a total of 18 turnovers on the night.

"I'm glad that we flashed some positive signs for a couple minutes and got some turnovers as well as some easy baskets," head coach Jesse Fleming said,  "But if we want to have an opportunity to have success against a team like St. John's in six days, we are crazy if we're going to have this kind of performance. We have a lot of work to do but I'm glad we were able to get the win."

The 2019-20 season officially opens Tuesday night when the Bonnies host St. John's at the Reilly Center. Tip is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. and is the first half of a doubleheader with the men's team.

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