ST. BONAVENTURE (2-10, 1-8 A-10) vs. DAVIDSON (6-7, 3-4 A-10)
Sunday, Feb. 7 – 12:00 p.m.
Reilly Center – St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
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The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team remains home and after a schedule change and will host Davidson at the Reilly Center for back-to-back games Sunday, Feb. 7 and Monday, Feb. 8. The Bonnies and the Wildcats will tipoff at 12:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon while Monday's contest is slated for a 6:00 p.m. start. Bona was originally slated to host Duquesne before the Dukes went on pause due to virus concerns.
LAST TIME OUT
St. Bonaventure dropped a pair of Atlantic 10 contests to Saint Louis and Dayton last weekend at the Reilly Center. The Bonnies fell to the Billikens last Friday, 65-50. Asianae Johnson and Tori Harris led the Bonnies with 12 points each. Deja Francis scored a team-high 13 points and Johnson added 12 points against the Flyers last Friday, but the Bonnies were defeated, 68-51.
JOHNSON LEADING THE WAY
The Bonnies are led by junior guard Asianae Johnson who leads the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game which also ranks ninth 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 third among A-10 guards in field goal percentage, shooting 45.4 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 72 games since joining the program in 2018-19.
• The Wildcats are coached by Gayle Fulks who is in fourth season as head coach of the Davidson women's basketball team. In her three-plus seasons, Fulks has accumulated a record of 51-55 with the Wildcats. She has led Davidson to two consecutive winning seasons and also two consecutive trips to the Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals.
• Davidson is currently 6-7 overall and 3-4 in Atlantic 10 play. The Wildcats opened their season on a three-game losing skid before winning their next six matchups against Charleston Southern (85-56), Appalachian State (67-64), ETSU (70-64), Fordham (79-64), George Washington (66-62) and George Mason (61-57). Davidson, however, has since lost four straight A-10 contests against UMass (82-61), Rhode Island (62-44), Dayton (64-58) and Fordham (73-55). Davidson was picked to finish fourth in this year's Atlantic 10 Preseason poll while Suzi-Rose Deegan (first team), Katie Turner (second team) and Sarah Donovan (third team) all earned preseason All-Conference honors.
• Chloe Welch paces the Wildcats offense, averaging 16.1 points per game which ranks fourth in the Atlantic 10. Welch is also sixth in the A-10 in three-point shooting percentage, hitting at 38.5 percent clip from distance. Turner currently ranks eighth in the Atlantic 10 in assists per game, handing out 3.5 helpers a contest.
This weekend marks the eighth and ninth matchups all-time between the Bonnies and the Wildcats. St. Bonaventure leads the all-time series, 4-3, after taking last year's matchup, 68-56, at the Reilly Center. Olivia Brown led the Bonnies to victory with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting and was 4-for-4 from three-point range. Asianae Johnson added 13 points and Emily Calabrese chipped in 12 in the win. Also in last season's victory over the Wildcats, the Bonnies erased a 10-point second half deficit to come away with the victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
2 – The Bonnies play two games in as many days for the second time this season. The Bonnies played Fordham and Rhode Island on back-to-back days earlier this season.
6.3 – Tori Harris leads the Bonnies on the boards this season, hauling in a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game through the first 12 games.
43 – Asianae Johnson has scored in double figures 43 times throughout her career, including all 12 games this season.
72 – Saturday's start at Rhode Island was Johnson's 72 consecutive start for the Bonnies, the longest consecutive start streak since Mariah Ruff started 111 straight games from 2014-2018.
The Bonnies head out on the road for matchups with George Mason Friday, Feb. 12 and George Washington Sunday, Feb. 14.