QUEENS, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team took another step in the right direction Tuesday afternoon, taking Big East foe St. John's to the wire on the road. The Bonnies were denied victory after taking a double-digit second half lead before falling to the Red Storm, 60-57.
Bona jumped out to a 39-27 third quarter lead after opening the second half on an 8-0 run with six straight points from Johnson.
St. John's, picked to finish fourth this season in the Big East, then seized momentum back from the Bonnies, launching a 25-7 run before a Harris three-point play with 6:44 to play in the fourth. By then, though, the Red Storm had taken back the lead, 52-49.
The Bonnies and the Red Storm traded baskets the rest of the way with St. John's never letting the Bonnies tie or retake the lead in the fourth quarter.
As time expired, Deja Francis made a layup and was fouled. The officials added time back to the clock but it was not enough for the Bonnies to get off a shot after a deliberately missed free throw, ending the contest.
The Bonnies (1-3) led by as many as seven in the second quarter and were able to take a 31-27 lead into the locker room at halftime. Bona led for over 17 minutes of game time and never trailed by more than seven after the Red Storm grabbed a 7-0 lead after the opening tip.
After Emily Calabrese's layup with 6:29 on the clock in the second period tied the game at 15-15. The Bonnies and the Red Storm then made five straight threes between to the two teams, capped off by a Harris triple with 4:26 remaining to give the Bonnies a 24-21 edge.
It was a slow start for both teams in the first quarter. St. John's opened the game on a 7-0 run but the Bonnies quickly responded with an 8-0 run of their own. The Red Storm, however, took a 13-10 lead after the first 10 minutes of play.
Leilani Correa registered a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead St. John's (3-5).
The Bonnies are off until the New Year when they travel to reigning Atlantic 10 Champion Dayton Jan. 1. Tip is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.
- St. Bonaventure starters – Tori Harris, Asianae Johnson, Olivia Brown, Deja Francis, Emily Calabrese.
- Calabrese matched a career high with a team-high five assists.
- The Bonnies shot 45.1 percent (23-for-51) from the floor, their highest mark of the season after shooting 40 percent in the season opener at Duquesne.
- The St. Bonaventure defense held the Big East's leading scorer Leilani Correa to 11 points. She was averaging 23.0 points per game entering Tuesday's matchup.
- The Bonnies outrebounded the Red Storm 36-33 which is the third time in four games the Bonnies have outrebounded their opponent.
- Bonaventure had seven players competing close to home all being within an hour and a half drive from Queens.