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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Redshirt junior Tori Harris notched her first career double-double to lead the St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team to a 67-57 victory over Binghamton Wednesday evening at the Reilly Center.
Harris poured in a career-high 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting and hauled in a career-high 10 rebounds on the night to power Bona's first victory of the year. Junior Asianae Johnson almost had a double-double of her own, scoring 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Fellow junior Deja Francis also added 13 points for the Bonnies.
Rebounding was key Wednesday for the Bonnies as they dominated the Bearcats, 50-33 on the boards. The Bonnies also grabbed 16 offensive rebounds resulting in 14 second chance points on the night.
It was a close contest after the first three periods of play with the Bonnies holding a 54-48 edge.
The Bearcats trimmed the Bonaventure lead to two, 57-55, with 3:48 remaining on the clock after a pair of free throws.
That is as close as the visitors would get as Deja Francis' layup and a Harris free throw pushed the Bonaventure lead back to five, 60-55, with just over two minutes to play.
The Bonnies made 5-of-6 shots from the free throw line over the final two minutes to ice the game. Bonaventure would finish the game on a 10-2 run.
Bonaventure (1-1) was able to jump out to a 40-31 halftime lead but Binghamton came out of the second half and was able to take lead over the first four minutes of the third quarter.
Binghamton (0-2) started the second half on a 10-0 run, taking a 41-40 lead.
Harris responded for the Bonnies, scoring seven consecutive points to put them back on top, 47-41.
The Bonnies shooting percentage was key to them jumping out to a lead in the first half, shooting 40 percent from the floor in the first and 61.1 percent from the field in the second quarter.
Kaylee Wasco led the way for Binghamton with 16 points.
The Bonnies travel to face Big 4 rival Buffalo Saturday, Dec. 19. Tip is slated for 12:00 p.m.
- St. Bonaventure starters – Tori Harris, Asianae Johnson, Olivia Brown, Deja Francis, Emily Calabrese.
- The Bonnies' 50 rebounds Wednesday night was the first 50-rebound game for SBU since they had 50 against UMBC Nov. 25, 2017. Bona's +17 rebounding margin against Binghamton was also the highest rebounding margin for the program since the contest against UMBC three years ago.
- Bonaventure finished the night 25-for-65 (38.5%) from the floor and just 4-for-15 (26.7%) from three-point range.
- Eight players tallied points for the Bonnies, including three in double figures.
- St. Bonaventure moves to 10-1 all-time against Binghamton.
QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH JESSE FLEMING
"I'm really pleased tonight. We needed a win. With this team, I feel like once we got a win that I would feel good about us going forward. We played really well for a lot of stretches tonight."
"I love the way our kids are talking when they're coming out of the game. They are learning and they want to be good. Their hearts are really into and they're a fun team to coach. You have to have a fun team to coach when you have 41 practices for every two games. I really think this team has a lot of potential."
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