Bonnies Come Up Just Short Against Spiders, 59-58

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team was unable to get a shot off as time expired, falling to Richmond, 59-58, Friday evening at the Reilly Center.

Asianae Johnson scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down six rebounds. Johnson drew seven fouls driving the lane and was 8-for-11 from the charity stripe. Redshirt junior Tori Harris registered her second double-double of her career with 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Sophomore I'yanna Lops added 11 points, matching her career-high, while grabbing four rebounds.

Up a point with seven seconds remaining on the clock, Richmond's Kate Klimkiewicz missed a pair of free throws giving the Bonnies a chance at a game-winner.

Emily Calabrese corralled the rebound and found Deja Francis who drove the distance of the court, but the Spiders forced a turnover as time expired to give them the victory.

Down 10 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Bonnies used an 11-0 run highlighted by an Olivia Brown three and a Johnson free throw to tie the game, 54-54, with 2:18 remaining on the clock.

Richmond retook the lead, 56-54, on a Siobhan Ryan layup, but Johnson answered with a jumper on the next St. Bonaventure possession, knotting the score once again.

Freshman Grace Townsend scored the next three Richmond points to push their lead back to three, 59-56.

Johnson was fouled in the lane narrowly missing an and-one but converted both shots from the line to bring the Bonnies back within one, 59-58.

In the first half, Richmond used a 7-0 run to end the first with a seven point, 19-12, lead. They ultimately turned that into an 11-0 run in the beginning of the second period to give the Spiders an 23-12 advantage.

The Bonnies were able to cut into the deficit with a 6-0 run of their own in the second, bringing the score back to a five-point deficit, 23-18.

Later in the second period, redshirt freshman Kaitlyn Parker scored her first collegiate points to cut the Richmond lead to six, 32-26, heading into halftime.

Klimkiewicz led the Richmond attack with 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

The Bonnies are back in action Sunday, Jan. 10 when VCU visits the Reilly Center. Tip is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

GAME NOTES

  • St. Bonaventure starters – Tori Harris, Asianae Johnson, Maddie Dziezgowski, Carrie Jornlin, Jurnee President.
  • Freshman Maddie Dziezgowski and redshirt sophomore Carrie Jornlin each made their first career starts.
  • Kaitlyn Parker played a career-high seven minutes, scoring her first collegiate points.
  • The Bonnies bench outscored the Spider's bench, 25-13.
  • St. Bonaventure outscored the Richmond 21-12 during the fourth quarter comeback effort.
  • The Bonnies ended the night shooting 34.5 percent (20-for-58) from the floor while Richmond finished at a 38.9 percent clip (21-for-54).
  • The Spiders outrebounded the Bonnies, 39-38, in the contest.

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