BOSTON, Mass. – Sophomore Kate Walker scored a career-high 22 points, and senior Claire DeBoer posted a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds as Bucknell women’s basketball won its 11th straight game with a 66-50 victory at Boston University on Saturday. The Bison set a program record for consecutive wins, breaking the mark of 10 set last season.
Bucknell improved to 16-3 overall and is 8-0 in the Patriot League for the second consecutive season. A much-improved Boston University team dropped to 6-13 overall and 4-4 in the conference.
Boston University, which already has more overall and league wins than it did in either of the past two seasons, hung in with first-place Bucknell until the Bison started to pull away with a 9-0 run to end the third quarter. Walker hit one of her four 3-pointers and added a pair of free throws during the run, helping the Bison take a 48-37 lead with one quarter to play.
Senior Sune Swart, who scored all 10 of her points in the second half, put in a layup on Bucknell’s opening possession to cap an 11-0 run and give the Bison their largest lead to that point, 50-37. They would go on to lead by as much as 18 in the final quarter.
“We didn’t shoot the ball as well today as we have in recent games, but I was impressed by our ability to do other things well in order to win,” Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell said. “Our interior defense was solid, and we played well in our zone, which created our run in the third quarter.”
Walker started off slow, scoring five points on 2-of-8 shooting in the first half. She picked it up in the final two quarters with 17 points – nine in the third quarter and eight in the fourth – on 6-of-10 shooting. Her previous career high in points was 17 in a win over Drexel earlier this season.
DeBoer carried the team in the first half for the second straight game, scoring 12 points to help Bucknell take a 27-25 lead at the break. She scored 10 points in the opening quarter against Loyola last game.
Some clutch 3-pointers also helped Bucknell in the first half. Walker and senior Megan McGurk had treys on back-to-back possessions in the first quarter to give the Bison a 15-14 lead. In the second quarter, it was 6-2 forward Maegan Mikkelsen stepping out to hit from long range and give the Bison their largest lead of the half, 25-17.
Sophie Beaudry led Boston with 15 points, but Bucknell held the 6-5 transfer from Monmouth to just two rebounds. Nia Irving chipped in with 10 points.
One game after going 19-for-22 from the foul line in a win over Loyola, the Bison made 14 of their 15 attempts. The Terriers struggled from the line, making six of their 12 free throws.
Bucknell is off from its usual Wednesday league game, and will return to action with a home game against Army West Point on Saturday at Sojka Pavilion. The Black Knights, the defending champions in the Patriot League, are 14-5 overall and 5-3 in the conference after a 63-58 loss to Navy.
“We’ll enjoy the bye week and use it to get rest, but we also need to regroup a bit and fix some things to improve our team moving forward,” Roussell said.”