LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Bucknell women's basketball team used an 18-0 run in the second half to break open a tied contest and went on to defeat Colgate 77-57 Sunday afternoon at Sojka Pavilion. The Bison held the Raiders scoreless for more than eight minutes during the run.
Bucknell won for the fourth time in five games to improve to 10-7 overall and 4-2 in the Patriot League. Colgate lost its ninth consecutive game and fell to 4-13, 0-6 PL.
"This was a hard-fought win. I know their record is what it is, but that's a really tough team," Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell said. "They play with a lot of heart and a lot of energy, and they really challenged us today."
Kate Walker led Bucknell with 21 points and tied Kaitlyn Slagus for game-high honors with nine rebounds. Ellie Mack chipped in 15 points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench. The sophomore is averaging 16.0 points over the past three games.
The game was tied at 46-46 before the deciding run. The Bison outscored the Raiders 27-11 in the fourth quarter, including scoring the stanza's first 14 points.
Seven players contributed points in the 18-0 run, including all five starters and a pair of reserves. Kyi English had five points during that stretch, while Mack scored four. Rachel Dumiak, Slagus, Walker, Catherine Romaine, and Gia Hayes also scored.
"I know we kind of call them starters and bench players, but really this is about as complete of a team that I've ever coached," Roussell said. "We have a lot of great players, but they're also great teammates. No one is out here for numbers or awards. They enjoy playing together, and I think that definitely came across in that final 12 minutes."
With 20 assists and just nine turnovers, Bucknell easily had its best assist/turnover game of the season. Walker and Romaine led the charge with four assists apiece. Romaine's total came on four of Bucknell's first five buckets of the game. Many of the assists set up easy baskets inside, helping the Bison finish with 44 points in the paint.
Bucknell outrebounded Colgate 48-25 with 10 of its 13 players grabbing at least two boards. The Bison have a +15.6 rebounding margin over their past five games while going 4-1 during that span.
Abby Schubiger led the Raiders with 14 points off the bench. No Colgate player had more than four rebounds.
The Bison continued their success overall and at home against the Raiders. They have won five straight games overall and 13 consecutive home games in the series. They haven't lost to the Raiders in Lewisburg since 2004.
Teams are only one-third of the way through the league schedule, but the standings are showing the conference may be more balanced than ever. Bucknell is in a three-way tie for second at 4-2, while three teams sit right behind that at 3-3. American is the only team that has managed to get some separation from the pack, opening at 6-0.
Bucknell will take on Loyola at Sojka Pavilion on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Greyhounds are 3-14 overall and 1-5 in the Patriot League after back-to-back losses to American (71-56) and Lafayette (65-54).