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Bonnies Drop Heartbreaker To VCU, 69-67

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Tori Harris had a clean look as time expired, but the shot would not fall as the St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team came up just short against Atlantic 10 Preseason favorite VCU, 69-67, in overtime Sunday afternoon at the Reilly Center.

Harris led all scorers with 18 points and grabbed six rebounds to pace the Bonnies. Also scoring in double figures for the Bonnies were Asianae Johnson (15 points) and Deja Francis (13) while Olivia Brown chipped in 12. Sophomore I'yanna Lops hauled in a career-high 12 boards, including seven offensive rebounds, adding seven points and three steals.

The Bonnies trailed the Rams, 43-42, heading into the fourth quarter.

VCU's Tera Reed converted a pair of free throws with 7:21 to play to push the Rams lead to three, 46-43.

On the next St. Bonaventure possession, Johnson found Harris in transition as she made a three-pointer to tie the game with just under seven minutes to go.

The Rams lead then grew to four, 50-46, after Samantha Robinson made two free throws at the line.

The Bonnies answered with a 6-0 run, capped off by four straight points from Johnson to take a 52-50 lead.

VCU jumped back out to a four-point, 59-55, edge with 1:15 remaining on the clock, but the Bonnies responded with a four-point swing of their own.

Johnson had an open look at the free throw line to send the Bonnies home winners at the end of regulation, but the shot was off the mark and the game went into overtime.

The Rams opened the extra period on a 6-2 run, taking a 65-61 advantage with 3:25 left on the clock.

Reed made another pair of free throws with 2:05 to play to put the Rams up four once again, 67-63.

The two teams traded baskets on the next two possessions, making the score 69-65 with 1:22 to play.

Lops grabbed one of her seven offensive rebounds with 55 seconds to play, finishing with a put-back while being fouled in the process. She was unable to convert at the line, however, leaving the Bonnies down two.

The Rams missed a layup inside as they tried to ice the game and then turned the ball over with 3.2 seconds remaining.

Following a St. Bonaventure timeout, Harris got an good look beyond the arc that would have given the Bonnies the victory but her attempt bounced in and out, allowing VCU to hold on.

Sydnei Archie registered a double-double to lead VCU with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bonnies are back in action Friday, Jan. 15 when they play host to La Salle. Tip is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. and will the first half of a doubleheader with the men's basketball team in the Reilly Center.

GAME NOTES

  • St. Bonaventure starters – Tori Harris, Asianae Johnson, Olivia Brown, Maddie Dziezgowski, Carrie Jornlin.
  • The Bonnies finished the game shooting 39.7 percent (25-for-63) from the floor while VCU finished at a 36.1 percent (22-for-61) clip.
  • VCU outrebounded the Bonnies, 44-39.
  • The Bonnies' eight made threes Sunday was the most as a team this season.
  • SBU had four players score in double figures for the first time this season – Harris (18), Johnson (15), Francis (13), Brown (12).
  • Kaitlyn Parker had a team-best +12 plus/minus rating in 11 minutes off the bench.
  • Bona went 8-of-22 from long distance while limiting VCU to 3-for-17 from beyond the arc.

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