The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team hosts Akron Sunday, Nov. 10 to close out a three-game homestand to begin the season including three games in six days. Tip at the Reilly Center is slated for 1:00 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bonnies overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime and defeat Little Three rival Niagara, 71-67. Dajah Logan poured in a career-high 20 points, making four three-pointers along the way. Asianae Johnson registered her second career double-double, tallying 15 points and hauling in a career-high 12 rebounds. Also scoring in double-figures for the Bonnies was Deja Francis with 11 points and Emily Calabrese added 10.
Head coach Melissa Jackson enters her second year at the helm of the Zips, guiding them to a 16-15 overall record last year and 7-11 in Mid-American Conference play. The Zips earned a berth into the Women's Basketball Invitational where they fell to Tennessee Tech in the first round.
Akron was picked to finish fifth in the Preseason MAC East Division this season, receiving 28 points. Akron looks to replace the scoring from Megan Sefcik, who averaged 17.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game last year.
Senior forward Shaunay Edmonds is the Zips leading returning scorer from last season. Edmunds averaged 11.3 points per contest last season. Haliegh Reinoehl tallied 10.1 points and hauled in a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game.
This afternoon marks the fifth meeting between the Bonnies and the Zips. The Bonnies won the first three meetings with the Zips taking the matchup last season in Ohio. Johnson tallied 11 points while Francis added nine for the Bonnies.
BONNIES IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Thursday night against Niagara, the Bonnies had four players score in double figures - Dajah Logan (20), Asianae Johnson (15), Deja Francis (11) and Emily Calabrese (10). The last time the Bonnies had four players score in double figures was against George Mason on Feb. 3 of last season.
LOGAN STEPPING UP
Before joining the Bonnies during the 2017-18 season, Dajah Logan's career-high stood at 15 points. In 32 career games with the Bonnies, she has met or eclipsed that mark five times including her 20-point outburst Thursday against Niagara.
Head coach Jesse Fleming welcomes seven newcomers to this year's team. Olivia Tucker, Kaitlyn Parker, Olivia Brown and Claire Cody all join the Bonnies as freshmen. The Bonnies also add Kayla Wilson and Jurnee President who both are junior college transfers and will each have two seasons of eligibility remaining. The final newcomer to the program is transfer guard Tori Harris, who joins the team from James Madison. Harris will sit out the 2019-20 season due to NCAA transfer rules and have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning next year.
BIG 4 HONORS
St. Bonaventure sophomores Asianae Johnson and Deja Francis have earned selection to the Preseason All-Big 4 Second Team, officials announced Monday. Voting took place among media and athletics communication staffs that cover St. Bonaventure, Canisius, Niagara and Buffalo. The electric guard combo returns for year two with the Bonnies. Both Johnson and Francis are coming off impressive first seasons where they ranked second and third respectively on the team in scoring. Francis tallied 104 assists last season, the most by any Bonnies freshman in over 20 years, and led all conference freshmen in assists per game (4.4) during Atlantic 10 play to earn a spot on the A-10 All-Rookie Team.
The Atlantic 10's agreement with ESPN+ to be the official video streaming partner of the conference means all St. Bonaventure games that are not shown on a national or regional TV network will be shown on ESPN+. The broadcasts will be produced in-house under the direction of Rick Karnath, an adjunct professor in the Jandoli School of Communication. Karnath will lead a group of students who will work alongside Athletics Department staff to air both men's and women's games. ESPN+ can be accessed in the Watch tab of the latest version of the ESPN App, available on the web, iPhone, iPad, tvOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and FireTV for a subscription of $4.99 per month.
Season tickets for the 2019-20 St. Bonaventure women's basketball season are on sale now for just $50. To order, call the SBU Ticket Office at (716) 375-2500 or visit GoBonnies.com/Tickets.
The Bonnies close out their homestand when Akron comes to town Sunday, Nov. 10. Tip is slated for 1:00 p.m.
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