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Bonnies Return From Bye Week To Host Richmond Sunday

Bonnies Return From Bye Week To Host Richmond Sunday

ST. BONAVENTURE (7-19, 4-9 A-10) vs. RICHMOND (13-14, 6-7)
Sunday, Feb. 23 – 1:00 p.m.
Reilly Center – St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
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TV: ESPN+
Radio: WGWE 105.9 FM

OPENING TIP
The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team returns home after a week off to take on Richmond Sunday, Feb. 23 at the Reilly Center. Tip is slated for 1:00 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT
The Bonnies battled back from a double-digit deficit but could not complete the comeback, falling to Rhode Island, 69-67, Feb. 16 at the Ryan Center. Deja Francis led the way, matching her season-high with 18 points for the Brown and White. Also scoring in double figures for the Bonnies was Olivia Brown with 15 points and Asianae Johnson added 14.

LAST MEETING WITH THE SPIDERS
A late rally forced overtime, but the St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team could not overcome Richmond, 63-59, Sunday afternoon at the Robins Center.

Dajah Logan led the Bonnies with 14 points while Asianae Johnson registered her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Deja Francis was also in double figures for the Bonnies with 11 points.

The Bonnies rallied from 10 down in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

ABOUT RICHMOND
• Aaron Roussell is in his first season at the helm of the Richmond women's basketball program after spending the past seven seasons at Bucknell. Roussell led the Bison to four straight 22-win seasons before moving to Richmond. He touts a career coaching record of 325-136 in over 15 years as a head coach.

• The Spiders enter Sunday 13-14 overall and 6-7 in the Atlantic 10.  Richmond most recently defeated George Mason by a score of 75-70 and have won three out of their last four games.

• Leading the way for the Spiders is sophomore Claire Holt, averaging 11.3 points per game. Senior Jaide Hinds-Clarke ranks second in scoring for Richmond (11.1 ppg) and is third in the Atlantic 10 in steals (1.9 per game) while grabbing 5.9 rebounds per game. Kate Klimkiewicz nearly averages double digits for the Spiders (9.9 ppg) while shooting 36 percent from deep.

• As a team, Richmond is shooting 39 percent from the field and 32 percent from beyond the arc. The Spiders also average 8.3 steals per game, good for third in the A-10.

SERIES HISTORY
The Bonnies and the Spiders meet for 24th time Sunday afternoon. Richmond holds a 15-8 edge in the all-time series between the two schools. The Spiders took the first meeting this season over the Bonnies, 63-59, in overtime at the Robins Center on Feb. 2. Richmond has won four straight meetings with the Bonnies last victory over the Spiders coming Jan. 31, 2016 when the Brown and White came out on top, 66-43, at the Reilly Center.

BONNIES NOTES

• Over the last three games, Olivia Brown is averaging 13.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 51.5 percent from the floor and 46.2 percent from beyond the arc.

• Since returning to the starting lineup Jan. 30 at Duquesne, Deja Francis has been on a tear. In six games, Francis is averaging 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. The Queens native has played 33 or more minutes in each of those six games, scoring in double figures five times.

•  The Bonnies have been much improved from the free throw line this season, shooting 77.8 percent. That mark is second in the Atlantic 10 and ranks ninth in the NCAA as of Feb. 20. Last season, the Bonnies shot 68.1 percent from the line as a team.

JOHNSON LEADING THE WAY
Conference play has been kind to sophomore guard Asianae Johnson. Through 13 Atlantic 10 games, Johnson ranks 11th in scoring at 14.1 ppg and is third with a 49.3 field goal percentage. On the defensive end, Johnson ranks fifth, nabbing 1.69 steals per contest.

On the season, Johnson is averaging 12.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 44.5 percent from the floor and 76.9 percent from the free throw line.

BY THE NUMBERS
13.6 – The Bonnies average 13.6 turnovers per game, the third-lowest mark in the Atlantic 10 and 43rd in the NCAA.

32.8 – The Bonnies have scored and average of 32.8 points in the paint over the last five contests.

47.9 – Emily Calabrese is eighth in the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage, shooting 47.9 percent from the floor.

49.3 – Through 13 Atlantic 10 games this season, Asianae Johnson ranks third in the Atlantic 10 in shooting percentage, converting 49.3 percent of her attempts.

90 – Johnson ranks fourth in the Atlantic 10 with 90 made free throws this season.

UP NEXT
The Bonnies wrap up their regular season road schedule with a trip to Dayton Wednesday, Feb. 26. Tip is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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