ST. BONAVENTURE (2-8, 1-6 A-10) vs. SAINT LOUIS (3-2, 1-2 A-10)
Friday, Jan. 29 – 6:00 p.m.
Reilly Center – St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
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The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team returns home for a double dip of Atlantic 10 action this weekend. The Bonnies welcome Saint Louis to the Reilly Center Friday, Jan. 29, with tip scheduled for 6:00 p.m. The Brown and White then welcome Dayton Sunday, Jan. 31, slated for a noon tipoff.
LAST TIME OUT
St. Bonaventure dropped a pair of road A-10 matchups against Fordham and Rhode Island last week. Against Fordham last Friday, Asianae Johnson scored 11 points but the Bonnies fell to the Rams, 68-49. In the contest against Rhode Island last Saturday, the Rams shot 50 percent from the floor en route a 76-60. I'yanna Lops scored a career-high 14 points in the contest while Johnson added 13 points and Tori Harris registered 10.
JOHNSON LEADING THE WAY
The Bonnies are led by junior guard Asianae Johnson who leads the team in scoring at 13.8 points per game which also ranks 10th in the Atlantic 10. Johnson has seen her scoring output rise each season with the Bonnies. As a freshman, Johnson averaged 9.7 points per game and saw that number jump to 12.7 points per contest in her sophomore season.
Johnson's efficiency scoring the ball has risen each season as well. The Brooklyn native shot 40.4 percent as a freshman and then 44.7 percent as a sophomore. This season, Johnson ranks 13th in the Atlantic 10 and fourth among A-10 guards in field goal percentage, shooting 45.8 percent from the floor.
For her career, Johnson is averaging 11.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Johnson has yet to miss a start in two-plus seasons with the Bonnies, starting all 70 games since joining the program in 2018-19.
LOPS FINDING HER STRIDE
Sophomore I'yanna Lops has found her stride over the last five contests for the Bonnies. Over the last five games, Lops is averaging 9.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game while playing 23.8 minutes per game. Lops is also converting at a high rate, shooting 59.4 percent from the floor over that span. Lops has started the last three games for the Bonnies.
Prior to the Richmond game Jan. 8, Lops was averaging 4.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest in 14.8 minutes per game while shooting just 38.1 percent from the floor.
ABOUT SAINT LOUIS
• Head coach Lisa Stone is in her ninth season at the helm of the Saint Louis women's basketball program. During her time with the Billikens, Stone has a record of 144-118 and was named the 2016 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year. Stone has over 35 years of head coaching experience and has 647 career wins to her name.
• The Billikens are currently 3-2 overall and 1-2 in Atlantic 10 play. Saint Louis opened its season with wins over Memphis (82-74) and Bradley (69-54). After playing Bradley Dec. 6, the Billikens were hit hard by COVID-19 and did not return to the court until Jan. 17 against Fordham, falling 72-63. Saint Louis then played UMass back-to-back, splitting the season series, 1-1. UMass got the upper hand Jan. 22, winning 78-62, while Saint Louis would take the next matchup Jan. 24, 63-52. Friday's contest against the Bonnies will be Saint Louis' first road game of the season. Saint Louis was picked to finish third in this season's Atlantic 10 preseason poll, receiving one first-place vote while Ciaja Harbison was selected to the Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference first team as well as the preseason All-Defensive team. Also earning preseason honors for the Billikens was Rachel Kent who was named to the preseason All-Conference third team and Brooke Flowers was selected to the preseason All-Defensive team with Harbison.
• Through the Billikens' first five games of the season, Harbison is averaging 15.8 points per game to lead Saint Louis. Her 15.8 points a night also ranks sixth in the Atlantic 10. Harbison also ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in minutes played (37.6 mpg) and fifth in free throw percentage (82.8%). Also averaging double figures for Saint Louis is Rachel Kent (11.6 ppg) and Myriama Smith-Traore (11.0 ppg). Smith-Traore ranks fifth in the Atlantic 10 in rebounding (8.8 rpg) and field goal percentage (52.5%)
SERIES HISTORY VS. SAINT LOUIS
Friday's contest between St. Bonaventure and Saint Louis will be the 16th all-time meeting between the two schools. St. Bonaventure's 15 contests against the Billikens make up the third shortest all-time series among Atlantic 10 schools. Saint Louis has won the last five matchups with the Bonnies after taking last year's contest at Chaifetz Arena, 72-51. The Bonnies last beat the Billikens Feb. 10, 2016 at the Reilly Center, 80-59.
• The Flyers are coached by Shauna Green who is in her fifth season with the program. Green touts a record of 93-40 during her time with the Flyers. Under Green, Dayton has had three NCAA Tournament berths (2017, 2018, 2020) and one WNIT berth (2019). Green led the Flyers to a Atlantic 10 Championship last season as well.
• Dayton is currently 6-1 overall this season and 5-0 in Atlantic 10 play. The Flyers have won five straight with wins coming over the Bonnies (56-47), Duquesne (64-48), George Mason (59-37), George Washington (67-54) and Davidson (64-58). Sunday will be the first contest for Dayton in over two weeks due to COVID-19 concerns. Dayton also received two Top-25 votes in the latest USA Today Coaches poll.
• Erin Whalen paces the Flyers offense, averaging 15.1 points per game which ranks seventh in the Atlantic 10. Whalen also ranks fourth in the A-10 in three-point percentage, shooting 42.5 percent from beyond the arc. Tenin Magassa leads Dayton in efficiency, shooting 59.5 percent from the floor which ranks second in the A-10. Magassa also leads Dayton with 17 blocks on the defensive end, ranking second in the Atlantic 10. As a team, the Flyers lead the Atlantic 10 in scoring defense (54.0 ppg allowed) and scoring margin (+11.0).
SERIES HISTORY VS. DAYTON
Sunday's game against the Flyers will be the 30th meeting all-time between the two programs. Dayton leads the all-time series 19-10 and has won its last five matchups with the Bonnies. Bona and Dayton met earlier this season on New Year's Day with the Flyers taking the close contest, 56-47, in Ohio. The Bonnies last defeated the Flyers Jan. 20, 2016 at UD Arena, 59-54. Katie Healy had 22 points to lead the Brown and White in that contest.
BY THE NUMBERS
1.28 – Deja Francis ranks 14th in the Atlantic 10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.28) and leads the Bonnies with 32 total assists. Francis has 210 career assists and has averaged 3.0 assists per game for her career.
6.4 – Tori Harris leads the Bonnies on the boards this season, hauling in a team-high 6.4 rebounds per game through the first 10 games.
10 – I'yanna Lops is the first Bonnies player with double-digit blocks this season with 10 and she ranks 10th in the Atlantic 10 in blocks per game (1.0).
41 – Asianae Johnson has scored in double figures 41 times throughout her career, including all 10 games this season.
70 – Saturday's start at Rhode Island was Johnson's 70 consecutive start for the Bonnies, the longest consecutive start streak since Mariah Ruff started 111 straight games from 2014-2018.
100 – Also during Saturday's contest against the Rams, Emily Calabrese made her 100th career appearance for the Bonnies.
The Bonnies remain at home to take on Duquesne Sunday, Feb. 7. Tip is slated for 12:00 p.m.
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