Bonnies Hit The Road For George Mason, George Washington Matchups

Bonnies Hit The Road For George Mason, George Washington Matchups

ST. BONAVENTURE (4-10, 3-8 A-10) vs. GEORGE MASON (3-14, 0-10 A-10)
Friday, Feb. 12 – 6:00 p.m.
Eaglebank Arena – Fairfax, Va.
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Sunday, Feb. 14 – 12:00 p.m.
Charles E. Smith Center – Washington, D.C.
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The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team travels to George Mason and George Washington this weekend for a pair of Atlantic 10 contests. The Bonnies take on the Patriots Friday, Feb. 12 at 6:00 p.m. and then battle the Colonials Sunday, Feb. 14 with tip slated for noon. 

St. Bonaventure swept a pair of contests from Davidson last Sunday and Monday at the Reilly Center. The Bonnies took down the Wildcats, 71-58, Sunday afternoon behind Asianae Johnson's 18 points. Tori Harris added 13 points with three made triples and also grabbed six rebounds. The Brown and White doubled up Davidson Monday evening when five Bona players scored in double figures led by Johnson's 20 points to propel the Bonnies to a 71-63 victory.

The Bonnies are led by junior guard Asianae Johnson who leads the team in scoring at 14.3 points per game which also ranks eighth 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 11th in the Atlantic 10 and first among A-10 guards in field goal percentage, shooting 46.9 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 74 games since joining the program in 2018-19.

Asianae Johnson was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week Monday afternoon and Big 4 Player of the Week Tuesday after her 18-point effort in the Bonnies' 71-58 win over Davidson Feb. 7. She also grabbed six rebounds, dished out three assists and added a block. The junior guard shot 72.7 percent from the floor on 8-of-11 shooting.

• The Patriots are coached by Nyla Milleson who is in her eighth season at the helm of the George Mason women's basketball program. During her time at George Mason, Milleson has accumulated a record of 95-121. In the 2017-18 season, Milleson led the Patriots to a 24-10 record and a WNIT berth where the Patriots advanced to the second round.

• George Mason is currently 3-14 overall on the season and 0-10 in Atlantic 10 play. The Patriots finished non-conference play with a 3-4 record, defeating Navy (72-68), Longwood (77-65) and Delaware State (69-46). After beating Delaware State, George Mason has dropped it last 10 games, all Atlantic 10 matchups, by a combined scoring margin of -19.9. The Patriots were picked to finish 14th in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll this year.

• Marika Korpinen leads the Patriots offense, averaging 10.3 points per game. Korpinen ranks eighth in the Atlantic 10 in free throw percentage (75.4%) and 10th in minutes per game (33.4 ppg). Daijah Jefferson leads George Mason in rebounding, pulling down 7.0 per game which ranks 10th in the Atlantic 10. Jazmyn Doster is second on the team in rebounding at 6.6 rebounds per game and ranks sixth in the Atlantic 10 in offensive rebounds per game, grabbing 2.7 per contest.

Friday's contest marks the 11th meeting all-time between St. Bonaventure and George Mason. The all-time series is tied, 5-5, but the Bonnies have won the last three matchups. Dajah Logan scored 20 points to lead the Bonnies past the Patriots, 62-47, last January at the Reilly Center. In the Bonnies' last contest at Eaglebank Arena during the 2018-19 season, the Brown and White overcame a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat the Patriots, 68-57. Mckenna Maycock tallied 18 points and seven rebounds to lead the Bonnies.

• George Washington head coach Jennifer Rizzotti is in her fifth season at the helm of the women's basketball team. In her four-plus seasons in Washington, D.C., Rizzotti carries a record of 67-72. In the 2016-17 season, the Colonials were the Co-Atlantic 10 regular season champions and earned a berth in the WNIT. The next year, Rizzotti led GW to an Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship, earning the auto-bid into the NCAA Tournament.

• GW is currently 4-12 on the season and 1-9 in A-10 play. The Colonials started non-conference play with wins over Lincoln (Pa.) (53-38) and Old Dominion (55-37) but then lost three straight before regrouping for a 61-56 win over Delaware. George Washington fell in its first four Atlantic 10 games this year before besting George Mason, 67-47, Jan. 17. Since defeating the Patriots, the Colonials are currently on a five-game skid heading into the weekend. GW was picked to finish ninth in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll this season. Neila Luma was selected to the A-10 Preseason All-Conference third team.

• Ali Brigham leads the Colonials in scoring, averaging 11.9 points per game and is shooting 51.5 percent from the floor which ranks seventh in the Atlantic 10. Jasmine Whitney leads the Atlantic 10 in steals, averaging 2.9 per game and is third in assists, dishing out 4.4 helpers per game. As a team, the Colonials ranks third in steals, averaging 8.1 per game and fourth in scoring defense, allowing just 59.9 points per game.

Sunday will be the 46th meeting all-time between the Bonnies and the Colonials. George Washington has dominated the all-time series between the two schools, holding a 37-8 record over St. Bonaventure. The Bonnies, however, got the better of the Colonials last season when the Brown and White outscored GW, 22-6, in the fourth quarter to complete a 14-point comeback and earn a 59-55 win. Asianae Johnson scored 12 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter. The Bonnies are 1-20 all-time at GW and the only time St. Bonaventure has beaten George Washington in the Nation's Capital was Jan. 15, 2011 when Jessica Jenkins made five threes to lead the Bonnies past the Colonials, 72-48.


5 – The Bonnies had five players score in double figures Monday against Davidson, marking the first time that has happened since Nov. 13, 2018 in a triple overtime game against Canisius.

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 14 games.

35 – The Bonnies forced a combined 35 turnovers in the two games against Davidson Sunday and Monday.

74 – Saturday's start at Rhode Island was Johnson's 74 consecutive start for the Bonnies, the longest consecutive start streak since Mariah Ruff started 111 straight games from 2014-2018.

The Bonnies are back at home Saturday, Feb. 20 when Rhode Island visits the Reilly Center. Tip is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

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