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Saint Joseph's Last Second Shot Sinks Bonnies, 61-60

Deja Francis drives through the lane for a layup against Saint Joseph's. (Photo: Nathan DeSutter)
Deja Francis drives through the lane for a layup against Saint Joseph's. (Photo: Nathan DeSutter)
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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – A buzzerbeater with under a second to play proved the difference and left the St. Bonaventure women's basketball team with a 61-60 setback to Saint Joseph's Wednesday night at the Reilly Center.

Deja Francis scored a game-high 18 points for the Bonnies to pace the scoring. Asianae Johnson added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Brown and White. Also in double figures for the Bonnies was Jurnee President who added 10 points.

In the final seconds, Bona led by a point. Following a Saint Joseph's timeout, the Bonnies forced a pair of missed layups, but Katie Mayock grabbed a second offensive rebound for the Hawks and scored the game-winning layup as time expired. 

Down seven at the start of the fourth quarter, Calabrese got the first bucket of the period in the lane, bringing the Bonnies back within five, 49-44.

The Bonnies (4-15, 1-5 Atlantic 10) and the Hawks traded blows the rest of the way.

With 3:24 remaining in the contest, President scored inside and trimmed the Hawks lead to 55-50. After Francis converted a pair of free throws, Johnson pickpocketed Lula Roig and scored an easy layup, cutting the deficit to one, 55-54.

Johnson was fouled on the next possession and sunk both free throws, giving the Bonnies their first lead, 56-55, since the 3:37 mark of the first quarter.

Saint Joseph's (8-10, 2-4 A-10) took the lead right back, 57-56, on a Gabbie Smalls layup with 43 seconds remaining.

Another Hawks foul sent Francis to the line where she converted both attempts, once again giving the Bonnies the lead by a point with 32 seconds on the clock.

The Hawks again drove down the court and scored a basket to retake the lead with 26 seconds to play, 59-58.

After a St. Bonaventure timeout, Johnson found herself in the lane and made the layup with 21 seconds on the clock, putting the Bonnies ahead 60-59.

That would set up Mayock's game-winner. 

Once again, the Bonnies found themselves in a close contest heading into halftime, trailing 33-28 to Saint Joseph's at the end of the first half.

A 6-0 run by the Hawks to open the second quarter extended their first quarter lead to 23-14 with 7:14 to play in the second. The Hawk lead grew to as many as nine in the second period.

Tucker used a pump fake to make space and converted from just inside the three-point line and Francis nailed a three to cut the deficit to just one, 29-28, with 1:10 remaining in the first half.

Saint Joe's responded with back-to-back buckets to take a five-point lead into the locker room.

Smalls and Roig each had 10 points to lead the Hawks.

The Bonnies are back in action Sunday, Jan. 26 at home against Rhode Island. Tip is slated for 1:00 p.m.

GAME NOTES

  • St. Bonaventure starters – Asianae Johnson, Olivia Brown, Amanda Oliver, Emily Calabrese and Jurnee President.
  • The Bonnies finished the evening 21-for-54 (38.9 percent) from the floor and 16-of-19 (84.2 percent) from the charity stripe.
  • Bonaventure's 19 free throw attempts were the most attempts as a team this season. The previous team high was 17 against Niagara on Nov. 7.
  • The two teams combined for 72 points in the paint Wednesday night. The Hawks outscored the Bonnies, 42-30, in the painted area.

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