ST. BONAVENTURE (6-12, 5-10 A-10) at SAINT JOSEPH'S (5-9, 3-9 A-10)
Friday, Feb. 26 – 6:00 p.m.
Hagan Arena – Philadelphia, Pa.
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The St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team closes out the regular season with two contests on the road this weekend in the City of Brotherly Love. The Bonnies first square off against Saint Joseph's Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. and then face La Salle Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the regular season finale. Both of the Bonnies' games in Philadelphia will be streamed on ESPN+.
LAST TIME OUT
St. Bonaventure split a pair of Atlantic 10 contests at the Reilly Center this past Saturday and Monday. The Bonnies opened the weekend against Rhode Island Saturday afternoon, falling 69-49. I'yanna Lops led the Brown and White with 10 points against the Rams. The Bonnies bounced back Monday evening against Duquesne, 72-55, behind Asianae Johnson's game-high 18 points. Olivia Brown (17), Tori Harris (11) and Emily Calabrese (11) also scored in double figures for the Bonnies.
WHEN IT MATTERS MOST
The Bonnies have been a different team during the month of February. In six games during February, the Bonnies are 4-2 and have scored 70 or more points in all four victories. Also during the last six games, St. Bonaventure is shooting 45 percent from the floor and 36 percent from three-point range. Scoring has come from all over the court as Asianae Johnson, Tori Harris, Deja Francis, Olivia Brown and I'yanna Lops are all averaging over 7.5 points per game during this final stretch of the season.
On the defensive end, the Bonnies are allowing just 60.5 points per game and have a +1.8 scoring margin. Bona is allowing its opponents to shoot just 37.7 percent from the floor and 28.6 percent from beyond the arc.
ABOUT SAINT JOSEPH'S
• Cindy Griffin is in her 20th season as head coach of the Saint Joseph's women's basketball team and has amassed a 335-276 record during her time at Hawk Hill. Griffin has led the Hawks to 11 postseason appearances and is one of eight Division I head coaches to lead their alma mater to the NCAA Tournament as a player and as a coach.
• The Hawks enter the weekend 5-9 overall and 3-9 in Atlantic 10 play. Saint Joseph's won five out its first six games to begin the 2020-21 season but are currently on a seven-game losing skid. The Hawks picked up A-10 wins over La Salle, George Washington and UMass while also picking up non-conference wins over Lincoln (Pa.) and Monmouth. Saint Joe's was picked to finish 13th in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll this year.
• Kaliah Henderson paces the Hawks in scoring, averaging 10.5 points per games. On the boards, Gabby Smalls leads the team and is 10th in the Atlantic 10 in rebounding, grabbing an average of 6.9 per game. Katie Jekot leads Saint Joseph's in assists with 55 total helpers for the season. Jekot averages 3.9 assists per game, ranking sixth in the A-10 and is also seventh in the A-10 in assist-to-turnover ration (1.96). As a team, Saint Joe's is third in the Atlantic 10 in free throw percentage, shooting 71.4 percent from the charity stripe.
SERIES HISTORY VS. SAINT JOSEPH'S
Friday's matchup between St. Bonaventure and Saint Joseph's is the 56th meeting all-time between the two programs. The Hawks lead the all-time series over the Bonnies, 42-13, and have won the previous four matchups. Last season at the Reilly Center, the contest came down to the final buzzer as Katie Mayock grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the game-winning layup as time expired to give Saint Joe's a 61-60 victory. The Bonnies last defeated the Hawks at the Reilly Center Jan. 27, 2016, 73-67.
ABOUT LA SALLE
• Head coach Mountain MacGillivary is in his third season at the helm of the La Salle women's basketball program. MacGillivary has accumulated a 29-54 record during his tenure with the Explorers.
• The Explorers are currently 10-12 overall this season and 6-9 in A-10 play. La Salle has lost four out of its last five games with the Explorers only win coming over Davidson, 55-46, Feb. 12. The Explorers other A-10 wins have come against Saint Joe's (81-66), Duquesne (67-63), George Washington (60-45), George Mason (56-49) and UMass (69-63).
• Claire Jacobs leads the Explorers on the offensive end, scoring 16.5 points per game which ranks fourth in the Atlantic 10. Jacobs also ranks third in the A-10 in free throw percentage (81.3 percent) and steals per game (1.9 spg). Kayla Spruill also averages double figures for La Salle at 14.2 points per contest and leads the Atlantic 10 in three-point field goal percentage, shooting at a 42.9 percent clip from beyond the arc. As a team, the Explorers lead the Atlantic 10 in free throw percentage (74.3 percent) and turnover margin (+3.32). La Salle also ranks second in the A-10 in steals, registering 8.4 per game as a team.
SERIES HISTORY VS. LA SALLE
Sunday's matchup between the Bonnies and the Explorers will be the 34th meeting all-time between the two schools. La Salle leads the all-time series over St. Bonaventure, 18-14, and had won seven straight over the Bonnies before the Jan. 15 matchup which saw the Bonnies come out on top, 65-60. The Bonnies used a 20-4 run in the first quarter and never looked back. Asianae Johnson tallied 15 points and Olivia Brown added 14 to lead the Bonnies past the Explorers.
BY THE NUMBERS
3.2 – Deja Francis ranks 11th in the Atlantic 10 in assists, dishing out 3.2 helpers per game.
6.9 – St. Bonaventure ranks sixth in the Atlantic 10 in steals, averaging 6.9 per game.
7 – The Bonnies made nine three-pointers Monday against Duquesne. Bona has made seven or more threes in the seven games this season.
47.7% – Asianae Johnson is shooting 47.7 percent from the floor this season which ranks 10th in the Atlantic 10 and is first among all A-10 guards.
76.9% – The Bonnies shot 76.9 percent in the second quarter against Duquesne on 10-of-13 shooting. The last time St. Bonaventure shot better in a quarter was Nov. 10, 2017 against Niagara when the Bonnies shot 85.7 percent on 12-for-14 shooting from the floor in the third quarter of that game.
700 – In Monday's matchup against Duquesne, senior Emily Calabrese reached 700 points for her career. Junior Deja Francis is on pace to hit the 700-point plateau Friday at Saint Joe's as she currently sits at 699 career points.
The Bonnies are scheduled to be off until the Atlantic 10 Tournament which begins Wednesday, March 10. This year's Atlantic 10 Tournament will be hosted by VCU.
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