ST. BONAVENTURE (7-18, 4-8 A-10) at RHODE ISLAND (12-11, 5-6)
Sunday, Feb. 16 – 1:00 p.m.
Ryan Center – Kingston, R.I.
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The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team looks for a season sweep of Rhode island Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Ryan Center. Tip is slated for 1:00 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The Bonnies led by 10 in the second quarter but could not hold on as VCU came back to win, 56-47, Thursday evening at the Seigel Center. Asianae Johnson led the Bonnies with 15 points while Deja Francis added 14 for the Brown and White. Leading the way on the boards was Olivia Brown for the second straight game, hauling in seven rebounds.
• Tammi Reiss was named head coach of the Rhode Island women's basketball program in April 2019 and is 12-11 in her first season. Before coming to Rhode Island, Reiss spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Syracuse where she helped lead the Orange to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
• The Rams enter Sunday with an overall record of 12-11 and are currently 5-6 in Atlantic 10 play. The Rams have won just two out of their last six contests with wins coming over George Mason and most recently Saint Louis, 72-63, Wednesday.
• Leading the way for the Rams is senior Nicole Jorgensen who averaging 16.3 points and leads the A-10, hauling in 8.8 rebounds per game. Also averaging double figures for Rhode Island is Davida Dale (12.3 ppg), Marta Vargas (10.4 ppg) and Erin Jones (11.1 ppg). Dale also ranks fifth in the A-10, grabbing an average of 7.6 rebounds per game.
The Bonnies and the Rams meet for the 55th time Sunday afternoon. The Bonnies lead the all-time series 33-21 and have won the last 14 meetings. The last win for the Rams came in in 2008 at the Ryan Center, 58-46. Last season in the second meeting of the year between the two teams on Feb. 21 came down to the wire as Asianae Johnson scored the winning basket as time expired, giving the Bonnies a 62-61 victory. The Bonnies will look for the season sweep of the Rams Sunday after defeating URI 64-59 on Jan. 26 at the Reilly Center. Johnson scored a career-high 21 points in that in the Jan. 26 contest.
• Olivia Brown notched her third 20-point game of the season Feb. 9 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 victories. 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 14.1 points per game and is second on the team in rebounds, pulling in 5.3 per contest. Johnson is shooting 49.2 percent from the floor through 12 A-10 games, scoring in double figures nine times and reaching 20 points twice.
On the season, Johnson is averaging 12.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. She has reached double figures 18 times this year and has registered two double-doubles.
BY THE NUMBERS
13.7 – The Bonnies average 13.7 turnovers per game, the third-lowest mark in the Atlantic 10 and 47th in the NCAA.
15 – The Bonnies registered assists on 15 of their 28 made field goals Feb. 9 against Davidson, marking just the fifth time the Bonnies have had at least 15 assists this season.
77.9 – The Bonnies are second in the Atlantic 10 and rank eighth in the NCAA in free throw percentage this season. On the year, the Brown and White are shooting 77.9 percent from the charity stripe, a 12 percent increase from last season.
111 – Johnson ranks fifth in the Atlantic 10 in free throw attempts with 111 attempts from the line. The next highest mark for the Bonnies is Deja Francis with 54 free throw attempts.
The Bonnies return home and are off for six days before hosting Richmond Sunday, Feb. 23. Tip is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
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