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Johnson's 18 Not Enough As Bonnies Fall In Season Opener To St. John's, 68-56

Asianae Johnson drives to the basket Tuesday night against St. John's. (Photo Credit: Craig Melvin)
Asianae Johnson drives to the basket Tuesday night against St. John's. (Photo Credit: Craig Melvin)
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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Sophomore Asianae Johnson's 18-point effort was not enough as the St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team dropped its season opener to St. John's, 68-56, Tuesday night at the Reilly Center.

Johnson's 18 points were a game high as she shot 8-for-13 from the field. Junior Emily Calabrese added 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds on the evening against the Red Storm which was picked second in the Big East preseason poll.

"I thought there were some positive things tonight," head coach Jesse Fleming said. "I thought we did a decent job of clogging the lane and forcing difficult shots. We are starting to get better at taking care of the ball and hopefully the offense will come along. Asianae, Deja and Emily displayed some good things tonight."

After trailing by as many as 12 points in the second quarter the Bonnies were able to pull within six heading into the break, 31-25.

Johnson led the Bonnies with eight first-half points, hauling in four rebounds along the way.

The Bonnies pulled within two after Calabrese nailed a mid-range jump shot, pulling the hosts within two, 35-33 with 5:48 remaining in the third period.

St. John's responded, however, used a 19-8 run in the final four minutes of the third, pulling away and leading by as much as 13.

The Red Storm put the game away in the fourth period, scoring the first six points of the quarter to take a 17-point lead and the win, 68-56.

Sophomore Deja Francis tallied nine points on the night while Dajah Logan contributed eight points. As a team, the Bonnies shot 45.5 percent from the floor on 25-of-55 shooting.

The Bonnies face a quick turnaround as they welcome Little Three rival Niagara to the Reilly Center Thursday, Nov. 7. Tip is slated for 7:00 p.m.

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