LEWISBURG, Pa. – After stumbling on Wednesday at Lafayette, the Bucknell women’s basketball team bounced back in epic fashion on Saturday, turning a 14-point deficit with 10 minutes to play into an 82-79 win over Holy Cross at Sojka Pavilion. The victory completed the first Bison sweep of the Crusaders since the 2007 season, and also placed Bucknell firmly in fourth place in the league with a 13-9 overall record and an 8-4 conference mark. On Monday, forward Claire DeBoer (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South), who has been the freshman to watch for most of the season, was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week, honoring her contributions to the team’s effort. DeBoer was selected as the conference’s top rookie for the seventh time this season and the fifth in the past six weeks, having previously garnered the accolade on Dec. 2, Dec. 23, Jan.6, Jan. 13, Jan. 20 and Feb. 3, and is one of only two Patriot League freshmen to be honored on more than one occasion.
DeBoer turned in a solid outing in Bucknell’s game at Lafayette on Wednesday, scoring six points to go with her four rebounds. She also contributed an assist and a steal in the contest. Saturday’s match-up with the Crusaders featured a much more impressive showing from the rookie, highlighted by 13 points scored on 5-of-9 (.556) shooting from the field. DeBoer also contributed seven rebounds, three of which came on the offensive glass, dished out one assist and made one steal in a well-rounded performance.
The forward has scored in double-digits in nine of the 19 contests in which she has started, and continues to lead all Patriot League freshmen in both scoring and rebounding, ranking 21st in the Patriot League with 10.1 points per game and sitting in a tie for seventh in the conference with 6.9 boards per contest. She is also averaging 11.7 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per game in Patriot League competition, once again leading all rookies.
DeBoer and the rest of the Bison take to the road again on Wednesday, traveling to Annapolis for a 7 p.m. game against Navy. The Mids, who dropped a 54-48 decision to Army at West Point on Saturday afternoon, have played to an 18-5 overall record and a 10-2 mark in the Patriot League. When the teams met on Jan.15 in Lewisburg, two Bucknell buzzer-beaters sent the contest into double overtime, where Navy escaped with a 94-92 win. The game will be video streamed live and will be available free of charge on the Patriot League Network.