ST. BONAVENTURE (5-15, 2-5 A-10) vs. DUQUESNE (13-7, 3-4 A-10)
Thursday, Jan. 30 – 7:00 p.m.
Kerr Fitness Center at La Roche University – Pittsburgh, Pa.
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The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team visits Duquesne Thursday, Jan. 30. The game will be played at the Kerr Fitness Center at La Roche University. Tip is slated for 7:00 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bonnies took down Rhode Island, 64-59, Sunday afternoon at the Reilly Center. Asianae Johnson poured in a career-high 21 points and nabbed a career-high in steals with four. Also scoring in double figures for the Bonnies was Deja Francis with 15 points and Dajah Logan added 12. The Bonnies trailed the Rams, 21-8, after the first quarter. Bonaventure bounced back, however, outscoring Rhode Island, 56-38, over the final three periods to take the contest.
• Dan Burt is in his seventh season at the helm of the Duquesne women's basketball program and is in his 13th season on staff after spending six years as a top assistant. Burt touts a career head coaching record of 133-67 and is 67-29 all-time in the Atlantic 10. He is the only coach in program history to lead the Dukes to the NCAA Tournament.
• The Dukes enter Thursday with an overall record of 13-7 and are currently 3-4 in the Atlantic 10. Duquesne most recently fell to Saint Louis on the road, 53-50, Sunday. Before falling to the Billikens, the Dukes were winners of two straight contests, defeating George Mason and Saint Joseph's. The Dukes are averaging 70.2 points per game this season and are shooting 42 percent from the floor.
• Leading the way for the Dukes is Libby Bazelak who is averaging 12.8 points per game while shooting 47 percent from the floor and 46 percent from beyond the arc. Bazelak also leads Duquesne on the boards, hauling in an average of 6.4 rebounds per game. Also scoring in double figures for Burt's squad is Laia Sole (12.1 ppg) and Amanda Kalin (10.7 ppg).
• Duquesne will play its home game this season at various locations in Pittsburgh due to the Palumbo Center undergoing renovations throughout the 2019-20 season. Renovations will be completed before the 2020-21 season gets underway.
The Bonnies and the Dukes meet for the 60th time Thursday evening. Duquesne holds a 39-20 advantage over the Bonnies in the all-time series. Duquesne is the winner of the last five meetings between the two schools, with the Bonnies' last win coming Jan. 21, 2017 at the Reilly Center. The Bonnies last won in Pittsburgh during 2011-12 season, the same season the Bonnies advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
• Asianae Johnson scored a career-high 21 points against Rhode Island and made her 50th consecutive start for the Bonnies. Johnson has scored in double figures 14 times this season and 25 times in her career.
• The Bonnies have five or more steals in 14 games this season.
• Bonaventure has attempted 15 or more free throws in seven games this year. They attempted a season-high 19 against Saint Joseph's on Jan. 22.
AT THE CHARITY STRIPE
The Bonnies have been much improved from the free throw line this season, shooting 78.4 percent. That mark leads the Atlantic 10 and ranks fifth in the NCAA as of Jan. 28. Last season, the Bonnies shot 68.1 percent from the line as a team. The Bonnies are shooting 79.5 percent from the line in Atlantic 10 games.
Contributing to the Bonnies success at the line this season is sophomore Asianae Johnson, who is seventh in the A-10 with a 78.6 free throw percentage. During the 2018-19 season, Johnson shot 66.4 percent from the line.
BY THE NUMBERS
4 – Dajah Logan's 20 points against George Mason Jan. 12 was the fourth 20-point game of the season for her. She has scored in double figures eight times this year.
5.6 – Emily Calabrese leads the Bonnies by grabbing an average of 5.6 rebounds per game. She paces the team with 111 rebounds this year.
14.1 – The Bonnies average 14.1 turnovers per game, the third lowest mark in the Atlantic 10
78.4 – The Bonnies sit atop the Atlantic 10 and rank fifth in the NCAA in free throw percentage this season. On the year, the Brown and White are shooting 78.4 percent from the charity stripe, a 12 percent increase from last season. In seven A-10 contests, the Bonnies are shooting 79.5 percent from the line.
131 – The Bonnies have made 131 threes this season. Bonaventure is averaging 6.6 made threes per game.
The Bonnies wrap up a two-game road trip with a visit to Richmond Sunday, Feb. 2. Tipoff against the Spiders is set for 1:00 p.m.
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