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Francis' Career Night Not Enough As Bonnies' Season Comes To An End With Defeat At UMass

Francis' Career Night Not Enough As Bonnies' Season Comes To An End With Defeat At UMass

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AMHERST, Mass. – Deja Francis matched a career-high of 20 points, but the St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team could not overcome an early deficit, falling to UMass 72-54 in the first round of the 2020 Atlantic 10 Tournament.

Francis finished the night 9-for-14 for 20 points and dished out five assists. Also in double figures was Asianae Johnson who added 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting and hauled in a team-high nine rebounds.

The UMass offense started fast Tuesday evening, jumping out to a 5-4 lead early in the first with 7:42 on the clock.

The fifth-seeded Minutewomen (20-10) would score the next 16 points as part of a 17-3 run to end the quarter.

Olivia Tucker snapped the Bonaventure drought with a three-pointer on the wing with 12 seconds left in the first.

It was more of the same in the second period as UMass used a 9-0 run to push its lead to 36-10 with 4:32 remaining in the half.

The UMass lead grew to as much as 29 as the teams went into the halftime intermission with the Minutewomen on top, 45-16.

The Bonnies came out of the locker room looking to make a comeback.

Johnson scored the first seven points of the third for the Bonnies while her and Francis combined for 15 out of the 17 points scored in the period.

UMass weathered the Bonnies push as they took an 18-point lead into the final quarter.

Francis and Johnson continued to try and spark a Bonaventure comeback, scoring nine of the first 11 points in the fourth.

The Minutewomen countered the Bonnies time after time, maintaining a 20-point lead for most of the fourth quarter.

UMass held strong and earned the 72-54 victory to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2020 Atlantic 10 Tournament.

Sam Breen registered a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Minutewomen who advance to Dayton for the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

St. Bonaventure, meanwhile, is eliminated from postseason play and completes its season with a record of 7-23.

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