The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team makes a quick trip up I-86 to take on Binghamton Wednesday afternoon in Vestal, N.Y. Tip is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
Emily Calabrese registered her first double-double of the season, but the Bonnies fell to Cleveland State, 65-62, Saturday at the Reilly Center. Bona controlled the game for almost 30 minutes, taking the lead with 3:29 to play in the first quarter and holding it until the 8:46 mark of the fourth period. Asianae Johnson drew a foul with four seconds left in the game, converting both free throws and trimming the Vikings lead to two, 64-62. Cleveland State went to the line with the Bonnies forced to foul, sinking one of two with 1.4 seconds left as the final Bonnies attempt fell short.
The Bearcats were picked to finish fourth in the America East in a preseason poll of the league's nine head coaches. Senior guard Kai Moon was named to the preseason all-conference team for the second year in a row. She currently leads the team in points, averaging 24.2 points per game thus far. Second-year head coach Bethann Shapiro Ord led Binghamton to a 12-18 overall record and 7-9 conference mark during her first season. The Bearcats fell to Albany in the America East quarterfinal round last year. Binghamton has started their season with a record of 6-0, handing losses to Siena (89-62), Delaware State (75-66), and Fairleigh Dickinson (60-48) on the road and Lafayette (74-64), Bloomsburg (70-45), and Niagara (74-55) at home. The Bearcats are off to their best start in 21 seasons and notched their first six-game winning streak in two years.
Wednesday afternoon's contest between the Bonnies and the Bearcats marks the 10th meeting all-time between the two schools. St. Bonaventure holds a 9-0 advantage all-time against Binghamton. The Bonnies won the last meeting between the teams at the Reilly Center on Nov. 30, 2014, coming out on top, 72-64. Katie Healy tallied 22 points for the Brown and White while Gabby Richmond added 18.
BONNIES IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Nov. 7 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. The Bonnies accomplished the feat once again Nov. 17 at Canisius – Dajah Logan (22), Asianae Johnson (15), Emily Calabrese (13) and Jurnee President (13).
BONNIES FROM DISTANCE
The Bonnies shot well from beyond the arc last season, averaging 6.4 made three-point field goals per game, to rank fifth in the Atlantic 10. Senior Dajah Logan helped contribute to this shooting 32 percent from deep. The Bonnies made a program-record 241 three-pointers in the 2017-18 season.
TOUGH ROAD AHEAD
The final seven non-conference matchups for the Bonnies will not be easy as the seven teams have combined for a 25-12 record so far this season. Five out of the seven remaining opponents for the Bonnies have a .500 record or better – Binghamton (6-0), Kent State (4-2), Buffalo (4-2), Wright State (2-1) and Cornell (4-2).
TUCKER TAKING OFF
Freshman Olivia Tucker had a game to remember against Bucknell on Nov. 13. She poured in a career-high 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the floor and sunk six threes, falling just short of the freshman program record which is held by Mariah Ruff who converted seven threes against Rhode Island in 2015.
Tucker's 20 points were the most by a Bonnies freshman in a game since Ruff scored 25 points in that game against the Rams in 2015. That's good company for Tucker: Ruff went on to finish her career with the Bonnies ranking eighth in all-time scoring (1,446), fourth in all-time assists (427) and fifth in three-point shots (202) while scoring in double figures 72 times in her four-year tenure with the Bonnies.
BIG 4 HONORS
Preseason honors continued to come in for Deja Francis as she was selected to the Preseason All-Big 4 Second Team along with teammate Asianae Johnson. Preseason All-Big 4 Teams and individual awards are voted on by media and athletics communication staffs that cover St. Bonaventure, Niagara, Canisius and Buffalo.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Johnson was second on the team in scoring as a freshman, averaging 9.7 points per contest. She was also one of the team's best rebounders as she hauled in a total of 117 rebounds and averaged 3.9 a game. Johnson was also the only Bonnies player to start in all 30 games last season.
BY THE NUMBERS
2 – As of Nov. 25, senior Dajah Logan is second in the Atlantic 10 with 39 three-point attempts and ranks fourth with 16 made threes.
4 – Nov. 17 against Canisius, the Bonnies had four players in double figures for the second time this season. They accomplished the same feat Nov. 7 against Niagara.
7.7 – As a team, the Bonnies are making 7.7 threes per game, ranking sixth in the Atlantic 10.
15 – Emily Calabrese's 15 rebounds were the most by a Bonnies player since 2015 when Katie Healy grabbed
25 - The Bonnies remaining non-conference opponents have combined for 25 wins so far this season.
76.8 – The Bonnies are shooting 76.8 percent as a team from the charity stripe this season. Last year, the Bonnies shot a combined 68.1 percent from the line.
The Bonnies return from the Thanksgiving break and head to Kent, Ohio with a matchup with the Kent State Golden Flashes Tuesday, Dec. 3. That game is scheduled for a 12:00 p.m. start.
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