WORCESTER, Mass. -- Kate Walker scored a career-high 25 points and Bucknell utilized a balanced scoring effort to overcome a two-player attack by Holy Cross with a 71-47 win in a Patriot League women's basketball matchup at the Hart Center on Saturday.
The Bison, who had 11 players score in the contest, improved to 11-8 overall and 5-3 in the Patriot League. The Crusaders fell to 9-10 overall and 4-4 in the conference.
“I was really proud of the focus, energy, and effort today,” Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell said. “We played great team basketball and were able to answer seemingly every time we had to.”
Abby Kapp connected on three of her four attempts from beyond the arc and joined Walker in double-figures with 11 points. Kaitlyn Slagus added eight points, while Ellie Mack and Catherine Romaine contributed six apiece.
Walker produced in every way for Bucknell, adding a career-high six assists and five rebounds. She shot 7-of-14 from the floor and made all eight of her free throw attempts. As a team, the Bison were 11-for-12 from the line and are 31-for-35 from the stripe over the past two games.
“Kate was outstanding, but across the board everyone stepped up and came up big,” Roussell said. “Autumn Ceppi’s minutes were huge in the second quarter, and I thought Kyi English controlled the game as a point guard perfectly.”
English tallied four assists and zero turnovers while matching a career high with six rebounds. Bucknell finished with 14 assists and 13 turnovers while holding Holy Cross to eight assists and 18 turnovers. That led to a 23-11 advantage in points off turnovers for the Bison.
Romaine paced the Bison in rebounds with eight, helping the team finish +10 (41-31) on the boards. They have had a double-digit rebounding margin in five of the past six games.
Lauren Manis and Infiniti Thomas-Waheed, who entered the day as the top two scorers in the Patriot League, combined for 39 points on 13-of-34 shooting, but Bucknell held the rest of the Holy Cross lineup to just eight points. Manis finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks, while Thomas-Waheed went for 19 points and five boards.
“They had two players that were great today and put up a lot of points, but I thought we made them work for it which was key,” Roussell said.
Holy Cross led for just 48 seconds in the game after taking a 9-8 lead with 3:31 in the first quarter. Bucknell started to pull ahead after that, getting 3-pointers from Mack, English, and Walker on three consecutive possessions.
Bucknell hosts Navy on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Mids are 16-3 overall, 6-2 in the Patriot League, and are tied for second in the conference standings, one game ahead of the Bison, after holding on for a 64-59 win at Boston University on Wednesday.