LEWISBURG, Pa. - Kyi English led four Bison in double figures with 17 points and Bucknell collected 17 offensive rebounds on the way to a 76-57 victory over Canisius Sunday afternoon at Sojka Pavilion. The Bison have won back-to-back games to improve to 4-3 overall, and have had at least 10 players score in each of the wins.
Catherine Romaine (11), Kaitlyn Slagus (11) and Gia Hayes (10) joined English in double figures, while Slagus pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. Bucknell had 12 players score in a 66-60 win at Youngstown State on Friday, and had 10 players score in the win over Canisius.
“It was a team effort across the board,” Roussell said. “I can’t say enough about how enjoyable these past couple games have been watching how good this team can be when they play together.”
Bucknell excelled in the first and fourth quarters, outscoring the Golden Griffins 47-26 in those two periods. The Bison led 26-15 after the first quarter.
It was the best offensive performance of the season for Bucknell, both on the scoreboard and in the quality of play. The Bison matched their season-high of 76 points in a season-opening win at Rider, but more importantly they turned the ball over a season-low 11 times while dishing out a season-high 17 assists.
Romaine continued to be a facilitator from her forward positon, leading all players with five assists. She now leads the team with 19 through the first seven games. The senior stuffed the stat sheet on the day, adding six rebounds, two steals, and a block. Junior Kate Walker was right behind her with four assists and also contributed nine points.
Hayes led Bucknell’s bench as it out-scored the bench of Canisius 26-14. Sophomore Ellie Mack contributed to the effort with seven points, her highest total since scoring 12 in her collegiate debut at Rider. Mack added five rebounds, including four of the team’s 17 offensive boards. The Bison finished with a 38-30 advantage in rebounds and an 18-4 lead in second-chance points.
“I think the way that we have practiced the past four days has really changed our team,” Roussell said. “I’d hate to say it was the bench that won us our past two games, because really it was the entire team. I don’t know that there have been two more satisfying wins that I can remember over the past few years. They’ve really bought in to playing together. The ball has moved and turnovers have been down.”
Sara Hinriksdottir, a Second Team All-MAAC selection last season, led Canisius (2-3) with 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting.
In a complete turnaround from some of its games early on, Bucknell didn’t just take care of the ball but also forced 20 turnovers by Canisius. The Bison scored 28 points off of those turnovers. English tallied three steals, while freshman Autumn Ceppi was credited by Roussell for some quality defensive minutes on Hinriksdottir.
Bucknell will continue its brief two-game homestand Wednesday with a 6 p.m. contest against Binghamton. The Bearcats are 4-2 after a 68-51 win over Maryland Eastern Shore in a game played in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thanksgiving.