LEWISBURG, Pa. – Senior Claire DeBoer and sophomore Kaitlyn Slagus each recorded double-doubles as Bucknell women’s basketball won at Sojka Pavilion for the 23rd straight game, beating Loyola 57-39 in a Patriot League matchup Wednesday night.
The Bison improved to 20-5 overall and 12-2 in the Patriot League, reaching the 20-win plateau for the second consecutive season and the fifth time in program history. The Greyhounds dropped to 9-16 overall and 5-9 in the conference, while also falling to 1-8 against Bucknell during Aaron Roussell’s five seasons as head coach.
DeBoer went 10-of-14 from the floor on her way to 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Slagus was 6-of-9 from the field with 13 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks. The pair helped the Bison shoot 45 percent (22-49) for the game. At the other end, they held Loyola to 29 percent shooting on a 17-of-58 mark from the field.
Senior guard Megan McGurk did her part with five assists and zero turnovers, while also joining fellow guards in sophomore Kyi English and freshman Gia Hayes on a solid defensive effort against Preseason All-Patriot League selection Bri Betz-White. The junior, who entered the game averaging the fourth most points in the league at 15.6 per game, scored 17, but it came on 19 shots in 40 minutes of playing time.
Bucknell jumped out to a 17-4 lead after one quarter due in large part to a 14-5 advantage on the boards, but, Loyola came alive in the second quarter to cut the Bison lead to 26-22 at the break. DeBoer had nine rebounds in the opening two quarters and added seven points. Slagus matched her point total with seven, while English tallied three assists.
The Bison extended their lead to nine, 40-31, after three quarters, and then pulled away with a 17-8 advantage in the fourth. They finished with a huge 46-26 difference on the boards and scored 30 points in the paint.
DeBoer tallied one assist in the game, but it was a big one as it moved her into a tie for 10th on Bucknell’s career list with 268. She also moved into fifth on Bucknell’s scoring list with 1,551 points, and is sixth with 839 rebounds. She is the only player in program history that currently ranks in the top-10 in all three categories.
Bucknell remained in a tie with Navy for first-place in the league standings, while Army West Point sits two games back with four games to play. The Mids host the Black Knights on Saturday. The Bison have a game in Annapolis Feb. 25, that could be pivotal in deciding the league’s regular-season champion.
The Bison are back at Sojka Pavilion to celebrate Senior Day with a game against Boston University on Saturday at 2 p.m. The team’s three seniors – DeBoer, McGurk, and Swart – will be honored prior to the game.