HAMILTON, N.Y. – Senior Claire DeBoer finished with 20 points, six rebounds, and five assists to lead Bucknell to a 79-49 win over Colgate on Saturday in a Patriot League women’s basketball game at Cotterell Court. The Bison improved to 19-5 overall and remained in a tie with Navy for first-place in the conference standings with a record of 11-2.
Senior Sune Swart scored 16 points and added nine boards to help the Bison win the rebounding battle (42-38) for the 80th time in the past 87 games, including 23 of 24 games this season. Sophomore Kate Walker finished with 15 points and six rebounds, and sophomore Kaitlyn Slagus contributed 11 points, six boards, and five assists.
“Overall, it was a really great game for the group today,” Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell said. “We moved the ball well and got good shots within our offense. Everything seemed to click today, and it was really fun to watch.”
Bucknell put up its highest point total in a half this season while racing out to a 48-25 lead at the break. The Bison shot 50 percent (17-34) from the floor and were 54 percent (7-13) from beyond the arc. They led 24-14 after one quarter and then matched their scoring with a 24-11 advantage in the second.
DeBoer had 16 points, six rebounds and four assists while shooting 6-of-10 from the field in the first half. Walker was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and 2-for-2 from long range on her way to 10 points. Slagus had nine at the break, while sophomore Kyi English sparked the offensive outburst early, scoring her six points on a pair of 3-pointers in the first 59 seconds.
The Bison used a 13-0 run between the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second to go up 35-14. Walker had eight points during the run, which spanned 3:50. DeBoer provided a highlight play later in the half, connecting on a 3-pointer and then hitting a free throw for a four-point play.
Bucknell went on to out-score Colgate 31-24 in the second half. The 79 points matched a season-high that was set in a 79-56 win over the Raiders earlier this season. The Bison upped their record to 8-2 against the Raiders during Roussell’s five seasons with the team. DeBoer has led the team in scoring in five of those contests.
Colgate, which was held to 31 percent shooting, was led by Kateri Stone with 10 points off the bench. The Raiders dropped to 8-16 overall and 5-8 in the Patriot League.
Over the past two games, the Bison are 20-of-43 from 3-point range and have now made 151 treys on the season, which is tied for the second most in program history. The team has set the school record for 3-pointers in three consecutive seasons and needs 52 to break the mark of 202 set last year. Walker is shooting an impressive 46 percent (36-79) from beyond the arc on the season.
“We seem to have recaptured what we were missing last week,” Roussell said, speaking of his team bouncing back with two wins after dropping the previous two on the road. “I believe we are a much better team than we were last week and even two weeks ago. Obviously, we need to focus on continuing that trajectory.”
Bucknell returns to Sojka Pavilion, where it has won 22 consecutive games, for a game against Loyola on Wednesday at 6 p.m. It will be the team’s annual Play4Kay game, with fans being encouraged to wear pink. T-shirts ($15) and other apparel will be available for purchase in the concourse at the game.