BRONX, N.Y. – Bucknell jumped out to a double-digit lead early in the game, but a 17-point run by Fordham proved costly in a 71-62 loss to the Rams in a non-conference women’s basketball game Sunday at Rose Hill Gym. The loss snapped the Bison’s four-game winning streak, dropping them to 6-4 overall.
Junior Kate Walker scored a season-high 21 points for the Bison. She was joined in double-figures by junior Kyi English and freshman Abby Kapp with 10 points apiece. Kapp’s point total was a career high and came on 4-of-5 shooting, while English added six assists to her scoring total.
“We did a lot of things really well today,” Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell said. “(Catherine) Romaine made things tough for their best post player, and at times on the offensive end Walker and English were outstanding.”
Fordham was led by Breanna Cavanaugh with 22 points. Lauren Holden (14), G’mrice Davis (13), and Mary Goulding (10) all joined her with double-digit scoring. Davis just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Those four helped the Rams shoot 52 percent (26-50) from the field.
Bucknell opened the game with a 12-2 lead thanks to a great defensive effort. The Bison forced Fordham to miss its first eight shots from the field, finally allowing the first make with 2:17 left in the first quarter.
The Bison would go up 16-4 before Fordham countered with its big run. The Rams scored 17 straight between the first and second quarters before Walker got the Bison back on track with a 3–pointer. That was the start of a stretch that saw Walker score 10 straight Bucknell points, including an off-balance bucket in the paint and a 3-point play with a layup and free throw.
Walker’s final bucket, a driving layup, put Bucknell up 26-25, but Fordham would close the half with a 9-3 advantage to take a 34-25 lead into the break. Walker finished the half with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting.
“We had some lulls and mistakes on the defensive end, and those seemed to coincide with some empty possessions on the other end to create some difficult runs to come back from,” Roussell said.
Bucknell trailed by 11 at numerous points in the second half before making a couple of solid comeback attempts. The Bison appeared to get a momentum-changing bucket on a layup by Kyi English that cut the deficit to five, 53-48, with 28 seconds left in the third, but the Rams responded with a jumper by Cavanaugh with seven seconds left on the clock.
The Bison would get back within five twice in the final quarter. The first time came on a basket by junior Kaitlyn Slagus to make the score 55-50 with 8:59 to play. The second time came during a 7-0 run after the Bison trailed by 12. Junior Maegan Mikkelsen hit a pair of free throws, and Kapp followed with five straight points. Her second basket of that stretch closed the gap to 63-58.
Fordham made eight of its 10 free throw attempts down the stretch to pull away and get the win, improving to 7-3. The Rams were coming off a win over St. John’s.
“Overall, I like the improvement we have shown since we last played,” Roussell said. "It wasn’t enough today, but hopefully we can keep getting better and improving.”
Bucknell wraps up its non-conference schedule with a game at Pittsburgh on Wednesday at 2 p.m.