BOSTON, Mass. – The Bucknell women’s basketball team played its first contest with Boston University on Saturday afternoon, dropping an 86-58 decision at Case Gym. Senior Shelby Romine put up a team-high 22 points and the squad shot an impressive 53.8 percent from three-point range, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the home team’s 53.4 percent (31-of-58) shooting performance. The Bison fall to 10-8 overall and 5-3 in Patriot League play with the loss, while the Terriers improve to 8-13 overall and 3-5 in conference action with the win.
The bulk of Romine’s 22 points came from long range, as she shot an impressive 56.6 percent (5-of-9) from beyond the arc in the contest. The senior also hit 5-of-6 (.833) from the line, collected six rebounds and dished out a team-high three assists in a solid all-around effort. Junior Audrey Dotson, who has scored in double-digits in each game in which she has started, continued her streak, contributing 17 points, while junior Micki Impellizeri put up a solid defensive outing, matching Romine’s team high with six boards.
Rashidat Agboola led a quartet of Terriers who scored in double-digits, hitting 8-of-8 (1.000) from the field and 9-of-11 (.818) from the line to put up 25 points. Mollie McKendrick and Sarah Hope contributed 18 points and 12 points, respectively, to Boston University’s offense, while Danielle Callahan registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists. Clodagh Scannell led the team on the glass with a game-high seven rebounds.
The Bison struggled to handle the Terriers in the opening 20 minutes of action, and the home team jumped out to a 13-2 lead after just four minutes of play. Bucknell pushed back quickly, hitting its shots and limiting its opponent’s, keeping Boston University scoreless for almost four minutes to reduce its deficit to just five points.
A three-pointer sparked a 6-1 run for the Terriers, but tighter on-ball defense and crafty offensive maneuvers by Dotson kept the Bison within striking range with 7:03 on the clock. The game remained close for the next several minutes, as Boston University found itself in foul trouble and Bucknell capitalized, with Romine and Impellizeri each going 2-for-2 to narrow the gap to 27-21.
Six unanswered points from the Terriers surrounding the final media timeout of the stanza put them ahead of the Bison by 12, and the home team carried the momentum through the final minutes to gain a 15-point edge with 28 seconds remaining. Romine hit a three in Bucknell’s final possession, but Boston University took a 38-26 lead into halftime.
Bucknell battled to a 21-18 edge on the boards in the first 20 minutes, limiting Boston University to just three offensive rebounds while grabbing eight of its own. However, the Terriers hit 46.7 percent (14-of-30) of their shots to outscore the Bison, who hit just 23.3 percent (7-of-30) of their attempts.
Romine opened up the second half of the contest with a flurry of three-pointers, draining her first with 19:28 on the clock and firing off two more within the next 90 seconds to cut Boston University’s lead to ten. Sophomore Sheaira Jones chipped in one of her own to bring Bucknell within seven points, and the Bison continued to pressure the Terriers, cutting their lead down to 50-45 with 15:22 remaining when Dotson sunk the squad’s fifth long-range shot of the second stanza.
Eight unanswered points brought Boston University’s edge back up to 13 however, and it would stay in double-figures for the remainder of the contest, with Bucknell unable to find a way to halt the Terriers’ offensive momentum.
The Bison, who worked their way through foul trouble and aggressive Terrier defenders in the second half, whittled their opponent’s advantage down to 10 with 9:13 on the clock, but Boston University seemed to have an answer for every push that Bucknell made, building its lead right back up to 68-54.
Romine hit her fourth three-point shot of the half with 5:56 remaining, bringing the Bison within 11, but the Terriers closed out the contest with an 18-1 run to take the 86-58 victory.
While the Bison shot a much-improved 40 percent (10-of-25) from the field in the second half, boosting their game average to 30.9 percent (17-of-55), they were unable to overcome the Terriers’ 53.4 percent (31-of-58) effort in the contest, spurred by 60.7 percent (17-of-28) shooting in the final 20 minutes. Bucknell outperformed Boston University from long range, hitting 6-of-9 (.667) in the second half alone, but the home team eked out a 35-34 edge on the boards, in spite of the fact that the Bison held an 11-6 advantage on the offensive glass.
Bucknell will close out the first half of its 2014 Patriot League schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 29 when it welcomes Lehigh to Sojka Pavilion for a 7 p.m. contest. The Mountain Hawks, who are 9-10 overall and 2-6 in conference play, dropped a 73-51 decision at Lafayette on Saturday afternoon. The game, and all of the Bison’s home contests, will be streamed live by Bison Vision on the Patriot League Network.