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Tucker's Career Night Not Enough As Bonnies Fall At Bucknell, 68-60

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LEWISBURG, Pa. – Olivia Tucker's career-high 20 points could not overcome defending Patriot League champion Bucknell as the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team dropped a 68-60 decision Wednesday afternoon at Sojka Pavilion.

The Bison (2-1) jumped out of the gate early, scoring the first seven points of the contest.

The Bonnies (1-3), however, were able to take the momentum, closing out the first quarter on a 7-0 scoring run to take a 15-14 lead.

Bona carried that energy into the second quarter where the Bonnies' lead grew to as many as eight thanks to a pair of threes from Tucker and Dajah Logan with 5:13 remaining in the first half.

Tucker matched her career-high scoring total of 11, set Sunday vs. Akron, in the first half on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor and 3-for-5 from beyond the arc.

Bucknell came out of halftime and used a 9-0 run to retake the lead early in the second half, 42-36.

The Bonnies brought the game back within three after a Claudia Del Moral three with 7:55 remaining in the contest, making the score 57-54.

St. Bonaventure could never pull any closer, however.

Tucker sunk a total of six threes on the night, falling just one three shy of the St. Bonaventure freshman record. She went 7-for-15 from the floor and 6-for-13 from distance, also adding three assists in 33 minutes.

The Bonnies finished the game shooting 35.2 percent (19-of-54) from the floor and were 10-for-26 from beyond the arc.

Ally Johnson paced the Bison with 17 points while Abby Kapp added 16 points and nine rebounds.

Bona is back in action Sunday, Nov. 17 on the road at Little Three rival Canisius. Tip is slated for 6:00 p.m.

GAME NOTES

  • Bucknell owned a 33-28 edge in rebounding and the Bison's size advantage also helped the host own a 28-14 edge in points inside the paint.
  • The Bison shot 47 percent from the floor (24-for-51) while the Bonnies shot at a 35 percent clip (19-54).
  • St. Bonaventure went 12-for-13 at the line.
  • St. Bonaventure's starting lineup remained the same for the fourth straight game – Asianae Johnson, Deja Francis, Dajah Logan, Jurnee President and Emily Calabrese.
  • Olivia Tucker matched her previous career-high in points (11) in the first half. She finished with 20 points in the con.est.
  • Tucker becomes the first Bonnies freshman since Mariah Ruff in 2015 to reach 20 points in a single game. Ruff scored 25 in that February 2015 contest vs. Rhode Island, setting the program's freshman record with seven treys. 
  • Bucknell won 28 games last season en route to a Patriot League title.

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