LEWISBURG, Pa. – A game at Sojka Pavilion was all the Bucknell women’s basketball team needed to right the ship following back-to-back league losses. The Bison rolled to a 73-54 win over visiting Lehigh on Wednesday night, upping the nation’s third-longest active home winning streak to 22 games while improving to 18-5 overall and 10-2 in the Patriot League.
The Bison connected on a season-high 11 3-pointers, coming up just one short of tying the team’s single-game record. They were 44 percent from beyond the arc after shooting just 18 percent (6-33) over the previous two games.
“I was pleased with the effort by our team tonight,” Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell said. “That was a complete game both from an effort standpoint and in the way we moved the basketball. We shot the ball well, but I think that had a lot to do with our ball movement and getting better looks tonight than we did the last couple of games.”
Senior Claire DeBoer and junior Catherine Romaine each came up one rebound shy of double-doubles. DeBoer finished with 15 points and nine boards, while Romaine tallied 10 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Kyi English joined the pair in double-figures with 12 points, while sophomore Kate Walker returned from a two-game absence and contributed nine.
Bucknell never trailed in the game and led by as much as 30. None of the Bison starters played more than 26 minutes as the team’s bench accounted for 33 points. In addition to the production provided off the bench by Romaine and Walker, sophomore Rachel Dumiak did her part with six points on a pair of 3-pointers.
Senior Megan McGurk dished out four assists to lead a group of six Bison players to finish with multiple assists in the game. The team finished with 16 on 24 field goals. DeBoer was right behind McGurk with three.
Bucknell’s defense held Lehigh to 31.7 percent shooting. The Mountain Hawks, who dropped 5-18 overall and 2-10 in the conference, were led by Quinci Mann’s 16 points. She crossed the 1,000-point plateau for her career in the second half.
The Bison took control of the game early, jumping out to a 23-8 lead after finishing the first quarter on a 12-0 run. English hit her first three shots and tallied seven points in the quarter, while DeBoer had five and sophomore Kaitlyn Slagus and Walker chipped in with four apiece.
Eight players combined on Bucknell’s 11 3-pointers. English, McGurk, and Dumiak had two apiece, while DeBoer, Slagus, freshman Gia Hayes, Walker, and Romaine added one each.
Only Connecticut at 62 straight and UCLA with 25 have a longer active home winning streak than Bucknell.
Navy defeated Loyola 55-43 on Wednesday so the Bison and the Mids remain tied for first-place in the conference. American was defeated 71-62 at Boston University and is now tied with Army at two games back in third-place with six games remaining.
Bucknell will go back on the road Saturday for a game against Colgate in Hamilton, New York. The Bison beat the Raiders 79-56 at home earlier this season.