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Bonnies Travel South To Take On VCU Thursday Evening

Bonnies Travel South To Take On VCU Thursday Evening

ST. BONAVENTURE (7-17, 4-7 A-10) at VCU (13-10, 8-2 A-10)
Thursday, Feb. 13 – 6:00 p.m.
Stuart C. Siegel Center – Richmond, Va.
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TV: ESPN+
Radio: WGWE 105.9 FM

OPENING TIP
The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team heads south to Richmond to take on VCU Thursday, Feb. 13. Tip is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT
Freshman Olivia Brown scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting and a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc to lead the Bonnies to a 68-56 victory over Davidson Sunday at the Reilly Center. After falling behind by 10 in the third quarter, the Bonnies outscored the Wildcats 21-4 over the final seven minutes of the third period to take a 47-42 lead. Ally Welling's jumper with 3:30 to play cut the Davidson deficit to just four, 58-54. The Bonnies would not let Davidson get any closer than that. St. Bonaventure outscored Davidson 8-2 over the final 2:32 to clinch the win.

ABOUT VCU
• Beth O'Boyle is in her sixth season at the helm of the VCU women's basketball program and is second all-time in wins at VCU with 99. She holds a head coaching record of 99-81 at VCU and 192-164 all-time as a head coach. During the 2018-19 season, O'Boyle guided the Rams a 24-10 record and the Atlantic 10 regular season Championship, marking the first A-10 championship (regular season or postseason) in VCU history. O'Boyle was also named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in the 2018-19 season. Bonnies head coach Jesse Fleming spent one season as an assistant coach under O'Boyle at Stony Brooke during the 2011-12 season when the Seawolves improved their win total by 10 victories.

• The Rams enter Thursday with an overall record of 13-10 and are second in the A-10 with an 8-2 record in conference play. VCU started A-10 play 7-0 before falling to Duquesne, 79-76, Feb. 2. Since starting 7-0, VCU has lost two out of its last three, most recently falling to George Washington, 56-55, Sunday afternoon.

• Tera Reed leads VCU averaging 15.0 points per game, ranking sixth in the Atlantic 10. On the defensive side, Danielle Hammond ranks third in the A-10 in blocks at 2.3 blocks per game.  

• As a team, VCU shoots 42 percent from the field, ranking second in the conference.  Defensively, the Rams ranks first in blocks (5.04 per game) and second in steals (8.70 per game) in the A-10. The Rams have also held their opponents to 57.7 points per game, fourth-best in the conference.

SERIES HISTORY
St. Bonaventure and VCU meet for the ninth time Thursday evening. The Rams have won all eight previous meetings between the two schools, most recently taking down the Bonnies 59-50 at the Reilly Center last season. In the last game at the Seigel Center, the Bonnies took the Rams to overtime. The Rams got a friendly bounce in the overtime period, giving them the lead and the 77-75 victory.

BONNIES NOTES

• Olivia Brown notched her third 20-point game of the season Sunday against the Wildcats. She is the first Bonaventure freshman to have three 20-point games in a debut season since Dana Mitchell had four in the 2006-07 season. Mitchell ranks second on the Bonnies all-time scoring list with 2,011 career points and is the only player in women's basketball history to have her number retired.

• The Bonnies have overcome back-to-back double-digit deficits in their last two contests. The Bonnies battled back from 14 points down against George Washington Feb. 6 and rallied from a 10-point deficit against Davidson Sunday.

Deja Francis leads the Bonnies with 32 assists during A-10 play.

JOHNSON LEADING THE WAY
Asianae Johnson has been at the top of her game during Atlantic 10 play this season. The Brooklyn native leads the Bonnies in scoring, averaging 13.8 points per game and is second on the team in rebounds, pulling in 5.5 per contest. Johnson is shooting 48.3 percent from the floor through 11 A-10 games, scoring in double figures eight times and reaching 20 points twice. On defense, the sophomore guard leads the Bonnies in steals (17) and blocks (7) while playing an average of 31.2 minutes per game.

On the season, Johnson is averaging 12.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. She has reached double figures 17 times this year and has registered two double-doubles.

BY THE NUMBERS
13.5 – The Bonnies average 13.5 turnovers per game, the third-lowest mark in the Atlantic 10 and 37th in the NCAA.

15 – The Bonnies registered assists on 15 of their 28 made field goals Sunday against Davidson, marking just the fifth time the Bonnies have had at least 15 assists this season.

32.6 – The Bonnies have averaged 32.6 points in the paint over their last three games and are +16 in that span.

47.5 – Bonaventure's 47.5 shooting percentage Sunday was its second highest mark of the season.

77.8 – The Bonnies are second in the Atlantic 10 and rank 11th in the NCAA in free throw percentage this season. On the year, the Brown and White are shooting 77.8 percent from the charity stripe, a 12 percent increase from last season.

104 – Johnson ranks fifth in the Atlantic 10 in free throw attempts with 104 attempts from the line. The next highest mark for the Bonnies is Deja Francis with 49 free throw attempts.

UP NEXT
The Bonnies remain on the road to take on Rhode Island Sunday, Feb. 16. Tip is slated for 1:00 p.m.

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