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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A cold shooting night resulted in the St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team falling to Duquesne, 58-39, Thursday evening at La Roche University.
Deja Francis led the way for the Bonnies with 11 points in her return to the Bona starting lineup.
Down 10 at the break, St. Bonaventure appeared to grab some momentum out of the locker room. The Bonnies opened the second half with a Francis three-pointer and a Dajah Logan layup, cutting the deficit to just five, 26-21, with 8:43 on the clock in the third quarter.
The Dukes responded, however, by going on a 7-1 run to push their lead back to 11. Duquesne outscored the Bonnies (5-16, 2-6 Atlantic 10) would take a 43-28 lead into the final period.
Duquesne (14-7, 4-4) did not let up, extending its lead to as many as 25 with 1:44 left on the clock.
The hosts got out to an early 18-8 lead after the first quarter, going 6-for-16 from the floor. Defensively the Dukes held the Bonnies to 23 percent from the floor in the first quarter.
It was more of the same in the second period as the Bonnies were held to just eight points. Duquesne's lead grew to as many as 16 in the second, but Asianae Johnson's mid-range jumper as time expired cut the Dukes lead to 10, 26-16, heading into intermission.
Libby Bazelak led all scorers with 16 points for the Dukes.
The Bonnies are back in action Sunday afternoon on the road at Richmond. Tip is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
- St. Bonaventure used a starting lineup of Asianae Johnson, Deja Francis, Emily Calabrese, Dajah Logan and Jurnee President.
- Duquesne held the Bonnies to just 25.5 percent (14-for-55) from the floor.
- Emily Calabrese led the Bonnies with seven rebounds. Asianae Johnson grabbed six boards and Jurnee President added five.
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