ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – The St. Bonaventure women’s team returned to the Victory Column on Monday with a dominant 72-55 win over Duquesne at the Reilly Center. The win brought the Bonnies to 5-10 in the A10, 6-12 in the season.
St. Bonaventure drove its most complete performance of the season. The Bonnies left the Dukes 52-27% of the field behind, beating them 40-33. St. Bonaventure forward I’yanna Lops led the game by seven rebounds.
Bonnies guards Asianae Johnson and Olivia Brown shone in the competition. Johnson scored 18 points in the 8-12 shootout from the field, adding nine assists to her performance. Brown finished her performance with 17 points in a 5-11 shootout and five rebounds.
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The Bonnies were scorching hot in the first quarter. The offensive spark for St. Bonaventure was the older striker Emily Calabrese, who contributed 7 points in a 3-3 shootout from the bench. The Bonnies had a lead of 21:10 over Duquesne after the first quarter.
The second quarter was similar for St. Bonaventure. Every time the Bonnies fired a shot in the first half, the ball seemed to fall through the basket with ease. Deja Francis led the charge for St. Bonaventure with 7 points out of 3-4 shots from the field. The Bonnies took a commanding 46-21lea over the dukes in half.
The Bonnies defense suppressed the dukes in the first half. St. Bonaventure held Duquesne 26% off the field while the Bonnies shot an unreal 63%.
Duquesne tried to claw back in the third quarter. A small run of the Dukes cut off in the Bonnies leadership, but the Bonnies continued to score goals. St. Bonaventure took a huge 60-37 lead in the final frame.
The Dukes scratched back in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late. Duquesne security guard Ny Langley scored 10 points in a 3-3 shooting in the fourth quarter. Langley finished the race with 17 points to 8-10 from the charity streak and six rebounds.
Although St. Bonaventure won the competition, sales cost a bigger head start. The Bonnies had 21 sales and need to be upgraded before the tournament game.
The Bonnies aim to make it twice in a row when they face Saint Joseph’s in Philadelphia on Friday. The game will air at 6 p.m. on ESPN +
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