Bonnies Fall In Season Opener, 71-63, At Duquesne

Asianae Johnson drives to the basket in the Bonnies' season opener at Duquesne. (Photo Credit: Dave DeNoma)
Asianae Johnson drives to the basket in the Bonnies' season opener at Duquesne. (Photo Credit: Dave DeNoma)

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team led for much of the day in its long awaited season debut, but a 15-0 run early in the fourth quarter from host Duquesne proved to be the difference, 71-63, Friday afternoon at the Kerr Fitness Center at La Roche University.

The Bonnies opened their season with an Atlantic 10 game for the first time in program history.

Redshirt junior Tori Harris led the way for the Bonnies in her Bona debut, posting 16 points and seven rebounds. Junior Asianae Johnson added 14 points, six assists and three rebounds.

The Bonnies (0-1, 0-1 Atlantic 10) led after 30 minutes, holding a 47-46 edge heading into the final quarter. After a made free throw from Johnson and a three from freshman Maddie Dziezgowski, the Bonnies grabbed a 51-46 lead with over nine minutes to play.

The next four minutes it was all Duquesne as the Dukes, playing in their third game of the season, embarked on a game-changing run to jump out to a 61-51 lead.

Bonaventure was able to bring it back within six, 64-58, on an Olivia Brown three pointer with 1:48 left on the clock.

The Dukes (2-1, 1-0) answered, however, with a three of their own to push the lead back to nine, 67-58. From there the hosts never lost control.

The two teams traded blows in the third as Duquesne opened the period on an 8-4 run before Bona responded with a 7-0 run of its own, capped off by a pair of Emily Calabrese free throws to give the Bonnies a 40-36 advantage.

It was a hard fought first half between the Bonnies and the Dukes with the Brown and White taking a 31-28 lead into the halftime break.

The Bonnies shot 50 percent on 4-of-8 shooting from three-point range in the first half, sparked by back-to-back threes from Olivia Brown and Carrie Jornlin for an 11-7 edge midway through the first quarter.

Duquesne tied the game at 13-13 before Harris nailed a three as time expired, giving the Bonnies a 16-13 lead after the first.

The Bona lead grew to six in the second quarter, 25-19, after Dziezgowski chipped in a three pointer.

Kiersten Elliott led the way for Duquesne with 15 points.

The Bonnies host Marshall Sunday, Dec. 13 in what will be St. Bonaventure's home opener.

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