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Brown's 24 Points Leads Bonnies Past Oakland, 80-66, Sunday

Olivia Brown scored a game-high 24 points Sunday. (Photo: Scott Eddy)
Olivia Brown scored a game-high 24 points Sunday. (Photo: Scott Eddy)
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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Olivia Brown's career-high 24 points led the St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team to an 80-66 victory over Oakland Sunday afternoon.

Brown's 24 points were a game-high and was the highest point total for a Bonnies player this season. Sunday also marked the second time this season that Brown reached the 20-point plateau after she scored 20 points early this year at Binghamton.

Also in double figures for the Bonnies was Asianae Johnson (15), Deja Francis (15) and Dajah Logan (13).

The Bonnies (2-8) never trailed and took a 47-21 lead into the locker room at half time.

Brown paced the Bonnies shooting a 9-of-10 from the floor and 6-of-7 from distance.  

As a team in the first half, the Brown and White shot 65.5 percent (19-of-29) from the floor and 72.7 percent (8-of-11) from distance. The Bonnies matched their season-high for points in the first half at 47, tying the mark set at Canisius Nov. 17.

The Bona lead grew to as many as 34 points at the 3:54 mark of the third quarter.

Oakland (4-5), however, went on a small run in the third quarter and pulled the game back within 21 with 21 seconds remaining.

The Grizzlies continued a rally effort as Brianna Beatty's jumper with 7:41 remaining in the contest trimmed the Golden Grizzlies deficit to 14.

That is all the closer Oakland would get Sunday afternoon with the Bonnies outscoring the Golden Grizzlies, 15-14, over the game's last seven minutes.

Kahlaijah Dean led the Golden Grizzlies with 19 points and Kayla Luchenbach added 18.

Bona finished the afternoon shooting 54.5 percent from the floor on 30-of-55 shooting.

The Bonnies are back in action Friday, Dec. 20 when they take on Wright State in Orlando, Fla. as part of the UCF Holiday Tournament.

QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH JESSE FLEMING

"I was really happy with how we started the game and really kind of put it out of reach in the first half. We needed this one badly, and we had some people step up. We're just thrilled to get this one heading down to Florida."

"We were able to get some advantage situations. I thought Asianae did a great job getting downhill and then Olivia made a lot of shots, so I think that was the combination – that really lifted us."

"Olivia our hardest worker, I'm thrilled for her success. She's going to be a really good player for a long time in this league, and I'm lucky she's wearing the Brown and White."

"I thought Olivia Brown actually guarded her and did a really good job with her length and tried to take some paint scores from her. (Jalisha) missed a couple of shots, and I was happy with the job we did on her."

 

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