ST. BONAVENTURE (5-11, 4-9 A-10) vs. RHODE ISLAND (8-6, 8-3 A-10)
Saturday, Feb. 20 – 2:00 p.m.
Reilly Center – St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
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The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team returns home to host Rhode Island and Duquesne Saturday and Monday, respectively, at the Reilly Center. The Bonnies and the Rams are slated to tipoff Saturday at 2:00 p.m. while Monday's matchup against Duquesne is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. start.
LAST TIME OUT
St. Bonaventure split a pair of contests on the road, defeating George Mason, 72-62, last Friday but falling to George Washington, 56-39, last Sunday afternoon. Friday against the Patriots, the Bonnies were led by Tori Harris who notched her third double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures against George Mason were Deja Francis (12), Asianae Johnson (11) and Emily Calabrese (10). Last Sunday at GW, the Brown and White were shut down by the Colonials defense, shooting just 29.8 percent from the floor. Olivia Brown (13) and I'yanna Lops (12) led the Bonnies offensively against George Washington.
Saturday afternoon will be Senior Day for the Bonnies as they honor Emily Calabrese and Jurnee President. President is a two-year member of the women's basketball program after transferring from New Mexico JC before the 2019-20 season. With St. Bonaventure, President has played in 46 games and made 31 starts. She has 273 points with the Bonnies and has made 50 threes.
Calabrese is a four-year member of the women's basketball program and has played in 106 career games for the Bonnies while making 77 career starts. Calabrese currently ranks 18th all-time on the St. Bonaventure women's basketball rebounding list with 566 career rebounds.
JOHNSON LEADING THE WAY
The Bonnies are led by junior guard Asianae Johnson who leads the team in scoring at 13.3 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 12th in the Atlantic 10 and first among A-10 guards in field goal percentage, shooting 46.1 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 76 games since joining the program in 2018-19.
ABOUT RHODE ISLAND
• Tammi Reiss enters her second season as head coach of the Rhode Island women's basketball team in 2020-21. Reiss led the Rams to a 13-16 record in 2019-20, a five-win improvement from the year before. Before going to Rhode Island, Reiss spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Syracuse.
• The Rams enter Saturday's contest with an 8-6 overall record and are 8-3 in Atlantic 10 play. Rhode Island were winners of six straight before falling to Fordham, 56-53, Feb. 7. During the Rams six-game win streak, they bested Davidson (62-44), Richmond (56-53), St. Bonaventure (76-60), La Salle (75-60), Saint Joseph's (50-48) and George Mason (63-27).
• Emmanuelle Tahane leads the Rams offense, averaging 14.6 points per game and is shooting just under 60 percent from the floor. Also averaging double figures for Rhode Island are Marie-Paule Foppossi (11.3 ppg) and Catherine Cairns (10.1 ppg). Tahane also leads the Rams on the boards, pulling down 10.4 per game which ranks second in the Atlantic 10. Johanna Muzet is second on the team in rebounds, averaging 8.3 boards per game.
SERIES HISTORY VS. RHODE ISLAND
Saturday's game against the Rams will be the 58th meeting between the two teams. The Bonnies lead the all-time series over the Rams, 33-24, as the two teams split their home-and-home series a season ago. The Bonnies got the upper hand at the Reilly Center Jan. 26 with a 64-59 win while the Rams took the matchup at the Ryan Center, 69-67, Feb. 16. Prior to the Feb. 16 loss to Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure won the previous 14 contests between the teams dating back to 2008-09 season. Earlier this year, the Rams defeated the Bonnies, 76-60, in Kingston. The series between St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island is the fourth longest series in Bonnies program history. The Bonnies have only played UMass (64 games), Duquesne and Niagara (61) more times in program history.
• Head coach Dan Burt is in his eighth season in charge of the Duquesne women's basketball program. Burt enters the 2020-21 campaign with a career record of 155-85 and 78-41 record in Atlantic 10 play and is just 22 wins shy of becoming Duquesne's all-time winningest head coach.
• The Dukes are currently 3-8 overall on the season and 2-5 in Atlantic 10 play. Duquesne is coming off a 55-49 win over George Mason last Sunday. Prior to the Dukes game at George Washington Feb. 12, Duquesne had not played in nearly a month due to being on pause due to COVID-19 concerns.
• Senior Amanda Kalin leads the Dukes in scoring, averaging 15.5 points per game but has not played since Jan. 3 against Dayton. Classmate Libby Bazelak is averaging 9.7 points per contest after returning to the lineup Jan. 17 against La Salle after she missed the first eight games of the season due to injury. Laia Sole leads the Dukes in rebounding, grabbing 7.0 rebounds per game.
SERIES HISTORY VS. DUQUESNE
The Bonnies and the Dukes meet for the 63rd time Monday afternoon with Duquesne leading the all-time series, 42-20. Duquesne has claimed the last eight matchups between the two schools as the Bonnies last defeated the Dukes, 69-56, at the Reilly Center Jan. 21, 2017. This year, the Bonnies opened their season Dec. 11 in Pittsburgh against Duquesne but fell, 71-63. Tori Harris had 16 points to lead the Bonnies.
BY THE NUMBERS
3.3 – Deja Francis leads the Bonnies and ranks 11th in the A-10 in assists, averaging 3.3 helpers per game.
6.3 – Tori Harris leads the Bonnies on the boards this season, hauling in a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game.
26 – Olivia Brown leads the Bonnies with 26 made threes this season. She ranks 11th in the Atlantic 10 in three point shooting percentage, hitting at a 36.6 percent clip.
76 – Sunday's start at GW was Johnson's 76 consecutive start for the Bonnies, the longest consecutive start streak since Mariah Ruff started 111 straight games from 2014-2018.
106 – Emily Calabrese has played in 106 career games for the Bonnies.
The Bonnies hit the road to close out the regular season with matchups at Saint Joseph's and La Salle. Bona and the Hawks are scheduled to tip off at 6:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. The Bonnies final game of the regular season
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