The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team opens its Atlantic 10 conference schedule Saturday afternoon on the road at defending Atlantic 10 Champions Fordham. Tip is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bonnies fell to Cornell in the non-conference finale at the Reilly Center, 70-42, last Sunday. Emily Calabrese led the Bonnies with 14 points and five rebounds. Also in double figures for the Bonnies was Asianae Johnson with 11 points and Olivia Tucker added 10 points.
Fordham head coach Stephanie Gaitley sits among the top 75 most winningest coaches in the NCAA and coaches that had 500+ wins coming into the 2019-20 season. She has accumulated 641 wins throughout her career and has 177 at Fordham. Gaitley has led the Rams to two NCAA Tournament appearances and has won the Atlantic 10 Tournament twice (2014, 2019). Fordham enters Saturday with an 8-5 record coming out of non-conference play. The Rams are the winners of six in a row and eight out of their last nine. Fordham has beaten Lehigh, Manhattan, Georgetown, Southern, Samford and Houston on its current win streak. Redshirt junior Bre Cavanaugh leads the Rams, scoring 16.8 points per game and hauls in 6.5 rebounds a game as well. Anna DeWolfe (12.8 ppg), Kendall Heremaia (12.8 ppg) and Kaitlyn Downey (11.0 ppg) also average double-digit points for the Rams. Fordham is the defending Atlantic 10 Tournament champions and fell to Syracuse in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. The Rams were picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 Preseason poll this season.
The Bonnies and the Rams will meet for the 43rd time Saturday afternoon. Fordham is the winner of the last five meetings between the two schools, last winning at the Reilly Center, 53-44, Feb. 16, 2019. The Bonnies have won just two out of the last 10 meetings between the two teams, both coming at the Reilly Center. The Bonnies last won at Rose Hill Gym was Feb. 19, 2011.
• Junior Emily Calabrese needs only two rebounds to reach 400 career rebounds and 39 points for 500 points in her Bonnies career.
• Asianae Johnson has yet to miss a start in her young St. Bonaventure career as she has played and started in all 43 games of her career. Over those 43 games, Johnson has averaged 10.3 points and 4.4 rebounds for her career.
• Johnson has improved from the charity stripe this season, shooting 80.4 percent through 13 games. As a freshman last season, Johnson shot 66.4 percent from the line.
DOWNTOWN OLIVIA BROWN
Olivia Brown turned a performance to remember against Oakland on Sunday, posting a career-high 24 points. A native of East Grand Rapids, Mich., Brown went 9-for-10 from the floor and hit six of seven attempts from three-point range. Brown also pulled in four rebounds and dished out three assists to power Bona's.
The freshman guard averages 8.0 points per game, shooting 41 percent from long range and 44 percent from the floor. She has reached the 20-point plateau twice this season.
She was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week for the second time this season Dec. 16 for her performance against Oakland. Brown was first named A-10 Rookie of the Week after scoring 20 points on the road at Binghamton Nov. 27.
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 is averaging 16.6 minutes per game.
Fellow freshman Olivia Brown made her first career start Nov. 27 on the road at Binghamton and made the most of her opportunity, scoring a career-high 20 points. A native of East Grand Rapids, Mich., Brown was 7-of-11 from the floor and a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range. She also hauled in five rebounds on the afternoon. On the season, Brown is playing an average of 24.7 minutes and has made seven straight starts.
BY THE NUMBERS
4 – Asianae Johnson has scored in double figures in four straight games for the second time this season. She has scored double-digit points in nine games this year.
6.8 – The Bonnies make 6.8 three pointers a game, ranking sixth in the Atlantic 10. Fordham leads the A-10 by making 9.0 threes a game.
77.7 – The Bonnies rank second in the A-10 and 11th in the NCAA with a 77.7 FT%. Last season, the Bonnies shot 68.1 percent from the line.
88 – The Bonnies have made a total of 88 threes this season, sitting at sixth in the A-10. Leading the A-10 is Fordham who has 117 threes made to lead the A-10.
96 - The Atlantic 10 has combined for a total of 96 wins in non-conference play.
The Bonnies return home for two straight games at the Reilly Center, hosting UMass Wednesday, Jan. 8 and George Mason Sunday, Jan. 12.
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