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Bonnies Stumble Against Dayton, 68-51

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ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – A third-quarter rally came up short as the St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team fell to Dayton, 68-51, Sunday afternoon at the Reilly Center.

The Bonnies were led by Deja Francis, who finished with 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting in 30 minutes off the bench. Also scoring in double figures for the Brown and White was Asianae Johnson with 12 points.

The Bonnies (2-10, 1-8 A-10) started fast coming out of halftime, starting the third quarter on a 5-0 break to bring the game within six points, 40-34.

That would be as close as the Bonnies would get the rest of the contest.

Jenna Giacone's layup with just over a minute to play in the third pushed the Dayton lead back to double-digits, 47-36.

The Flyers' lead continued to grow in the fourth quarter as they started the period on a 9-0 run to give them a 56-40 lead.

Dayton (7-1, 6-0) grabbed its largest lead of the afternoon, 68-51, with 1:42 left in the game after a Maliya Perry three, putting the game on ice.

The defending A-10 champions controlled the contest from the opening tip, leading the game for over 39 minutes. The Flyers started the contest on a 7-0 run and held the Bonnies scoreless for the first 4:32 of the contest to set the tone.

Maddie Dziezgowski's three pointer with 5:18 remaining in the first halted the Flyers run and got the Bonnies on the scoreboard.

The Dayton lead grew to 16 in the second quarter after a Jenna Giacone triple, giving the Flyers a 25-9 advantage.

The Bonnies would cut within 10 with 25 seconds to play in the half off a Johnson lay in.

Perry, however, hit a three as time expired in the second quarter to send the Flyers into the locker room with a 40-27 advantage.

Giacone paced the Flyers offense, finishing with a game-high 20 points while Araion Bradshaw grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and chipped in eight points.

The Bonnies are back in action Sunday, Feb. 7 when Duquesne visits the Reilly Center. Tip is slated for 12:00 p.m.

GAME NOTES

  • The Bonnies tallied a season-high nine steals for the second consecutive game.
  • St. Bonaventure finished the afternoon shooting 38.5 percent (20-for-52) from the floor while Dayton shot 45.6 percent (26-for-57).
  • The Flyers outrebounded the Bonnies, 42-22.
  • Tori Harris finished with a team-high six rebounds while Asianae Johnson and Deja Francis each grabbed five boards in the contest.

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