The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team travels to Bucknell Wednesday for the Bonnies first road test of the season. Tip is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bonnies dropped a heartbreaker to Akron, 63-54, Sunday afternoon at the Reilly Center. Deja Francis led the Bonnies with 13 points and freshman Olivia Tucker added a career-high 11 points off the bench. The Bonnies led for nearly 38 minutes against the Zips, before surrendering the lead late in the fourth quarter.
Head coach Trevor Woodruff takes over the reins of a Bucknell squad that finished 28-6 last season, winning the Patriot League Tournament and earning a berth into the NCAA Tournament. Woodruff comes from the University of Scranton where he boasted a record of 113-10 in four seasons.
Bucknell was picked to finished third in this year's Preseason Patriot League poll, receiving four first-place votes. Lehigh was picked to win the Patriot League with nine first-place votes.
Senior Ellie Mack was selected to the Preseason All-Patriot League First Team. As a junior, she was second on the team with 12.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest, earning her a spot on the All-Patriot League First Team. Mack led the team, sinking 43 three-pointers last season and was second on the squad with 39 blocked shots.
Wednesday marks the 13th meeting all-time between the Bonnies and the Bison. The last time the Bonnies and Bucknell met was at the Reilly Center Nov. 29, 2018 when the Bison defeated Bona, 77-46. The Bonnies, however, got the best of Bucknell the season before as the Brown and White defeated the Bison, 59-48, on the road. The Bonnies hold an 8-4 record all-time against Bucknell and won six straight meetings between the two sides spanning from 1990 to 2002.
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 33 career games with the Bonnies, she has met or eclipsed that mark five times including her 20-point outburst Thursday against Niagara.
Through three games this season, sophomore Asianae Johnson has seen no signs of a sophomore slump. Johnson leads the team in scoring and rebounding two games into the season, averaging 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
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.
BY THE NUMBERS
- 3 - The Bonnies opened the season with three games in a span of six games.
- 4 - Nov. 7 the Bonnies had four players score in double figures.
- 8 - Freshman Olivia Tucker scored eight second-quarter points Sunday against Akron. Tucker tallied a career-high 11 points in the contest.
- 11 - The Bonnies sunk a season-high 11 three-pointers against Akron on Sunday.
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 remain on the road when they visit Little Three rival Canisius Sunday, Nov. 17. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
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