BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Bucknell women’s basketball team battled through a challenging non-league contest on Sunday afternoon, suffering an 87-49 setback to the ACC’s Virginia Tech at Cassell Coliseum. The Bison fall to 1-2 with the loss, while the Hokies improve to 4-0 on the young season with the triumph.
Junior Audrey Dotson tallied 16 points for the Bison on 7-of-16 shooting from the field. Senior Shelby Romine, sophomore Sheaira Jones and freshman Claire DeBoer each ended the day with six points, while sophomore Claire Maree O'Bryan and DeBoer led led Bucknell on the glass with seven rebounds each.
The Bison shot 30.4 percent from the field in the contest, including 40 percent in the second half, and went 15-of-22 from the free throw line.
Uju Ugoka led the Hokies with a 21 point – 10 rebound double-double, while Serafina Maulupe shot 4-of-8 from long range to add to her 14 point total and Monet Tellier contributed nine of the team’s 28 assists. Virginia Tech shot 48 percent from both the field and from beyond the arc, sinking 36-of-75 and 13-of-27 three-pointers.
“I’ll tell you what,” commented head coach Aaron Roussell, “if that team continues to hit shots like that they are going to be a dangerous team. They’ve got a lot of talented players, and they play well together. Unfortunately we were on the rough end of that today.”
The two teams played an even game in the opening minutes, with Dotson connecting on a layup at 17:47 to give the Bison a 6-5 lead. The Hokies pushed back with a bucket of their own, but freshman Megan McGurk reclaimed Bucknell’s advantage when she sank a free throw after being fouled on a successful layup.
The Bison continued to fend off the Hokies’ advances, with Dotson tying things up 11-11, but Virginia Tech scored six unanswered points in the next three minutes to build a small cushion.
Bucknell went three-for-three from the free throw line to cut the gap in half, but Virginia Tech responded with an 18-point run that included four three-pointers, blowing the game open. The Bison continued to make shots down the stretch, taking several successful trips to the line as the Hokies found themselves in early foul trouble, but the home team kept the pressure on, taking a 44-23 advantage over the visitors into the locker room at halftime.
Improved shooting in the second half allowed the Bison to challenge the Hokies on both ends of the court, but sharp outside shooting gave Virginia Tech a 67-33 advantage with just under ten minutes to play.
A quick four points by Jones narrowed the gap as the Bison battled for every loose ball, but the Hokies kept the pressure on until the final buzzer to claim an 87-49 win.Bucknell will play its second of three consecutive road games on Wednesday, Nov. 20, traveling down the road to University Park, Pa. to take on the 13th-ranked Penn State Lady Lions. Tip-off at the Bryce Jordan Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.