LEWISBURG, Pa. - Kaitlyn Slagus led three Bison in double figures with 16 points and the Bucknell women's basketball team extended its home winning streak to 25 games with a 78-61 victory over Lafayette Wednesday at Sojka Pavilion. The Bison, who will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament, finished the regular season with a 24-5 overall record and 16-2 Patriot League mark.
Claire DeBoer added 15 points, eight rebounds, and four assists for Bucknell, while Megan McGurk totaled 13 points, five rebounds and a team-high six assists. DeBoer was 5-of-6 from the line, while McGurk was a perfect 4-for-4, helping the Bison shoot 76 percent (16-21) from the stripe.
The Bison led 32-22 at halftime and led by as many as 24 points in the second half. They went 12-of-23 from beyond the arc, tying the program’s single-game record for the second time in three contests. Both games were against the Leopards.
Lafayette (3-27, 2-16 PL) was led by 20 points from Olivia Gumbs, while Ashley Lutz registered a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Gumbs is the reigning Patriot League Player of the Week.
Nearly everyone contributed to a balanced offensive attack by Bucknell, a good sign as it heads to the league tournament. Senior Sune Swart finished with nine points and seven rebounds, and Kyi English tallied eight points. Kate Walker and Gia Hayes contributed six points apiece.
Slagus and McGurk led the 3-point barrage with three apiece. English made both of her attempts and was joined with two by Walker. Hayes and Carly Richardson added one 3-pointer apiece.
“Making 12 3-pointers and doing so as efficient as we did is a good sign for us heading to the postseason,” Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell said. “We like what we have inside, and if we keep hitting from the perimeter it’s going to make us a really tough matchup.”
Lafayette was held to 36 percent shooting. The Leopards were coming off a huge offensive performance in a 90-85 win over Colgate.
Earlier in the day, ESPN released its final mid-major poll of the season, and Bucknell was listed 10th. The Bison are eighth in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, and were 64th among all 349 Division I teams in the latest RPI.
Bucknell will host a quarterfinal game in the Patriot League Tournament on Monday at 6 p.m., but won’t know its opponent until Saturday night. The top-seeded Bison will take on the winner of eighth-seeded Loyola and ninth-seeded Lehigh.