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Johnson's Career Day Leads Bonnies Past Rams, 64-59

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Asianae Johnson's career-high 21 points pushed the St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team to a 64-59 victory over Rhode Island Sunday afternoon at the Reilly Center.

Rhode Island was in control early, building a 21-8 lead after 10 minutes.

The Bonnies turned the tables, outscoring the Rams 56-38 over the final three quarters to earn the victory.

Johnson added five rebounds and a career-high four steals on the afternoon. Also in double figures for the Bonnies was Deja Francis with 15 points and Dajah Logan added 12.

Bonaventure grew its lead to nine, 44-35, after a 36-14 run on Johnson's layup with 2:07 left in the third quarter.

The Rams, however, closed the quarter on a 5-0 run to bring the game back within four, 44-40.

Rhode Island (10-8, 3-3 Atlantic 10) tied the game at 49-49 at the 6:27 mark of the fourth quarter.

Logan hit a three with 2:30 to play, pushing the Bonnies lead back to six, 58-52. A 5-0 run by the Rams, cut their deficit to just one, 58-57.

A defensive stop forced the Rams to foul with 35 seconds remaining on the clock. The Bonnies went a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final 30 seconds to ice the game, giving the Bonnies a 64-59 victory.

The Bonnies (5-15, 2-5 Atlantic 10) got out to a slow start on offense in the first quarter, shooting just 25 percent (3-for-12). Rhode Island, however, shot 60 percent (9-for15) in the quarter and grabbed an early 21-8 lead.

The second quarter is where the Bonnies came to life, outscoring the Rams 20-6 in the period. Bonaventure opened the second period with a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to four, 21-17, after a President three-pointer.

Olivia Tucker nailed a corner three to bring the Bonnies within two, 25-23, with 1:46 remaining in the first half.

Logan's three with 57 seconds left in the half gave the Bonnies their second lead of the contest, 28-27. The Bonnies would take the one-point lead into the locker room for halftime.

Leading the way for the Rams was Erin Jones who poured in 20 points.

GAME NOTES

  • St. Bonaventure starters – Asianae Johnson, Olivia Brown, Amanda Oliver, Emily Calabrese and Jurnee President.
  • Sunday marked the 50th consecutive start for Asianae Johnson. She has not missed a start in her career.
  • Bonaventure's bench outscored the Rams bench, 30-19, Sunday afternoon.
  • Emily Calabrese grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, her fourth game this season with eight or more rebounds.
  • The Bonnies 15-point comeback was the largest deficit overcome this season. The Bonnies trailed Niagara and Wright State by 10 before coming from behind for a victory.

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