WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Junior Kaitlyn Slagus scored a career-high 25 points and eclipsed 1,000 points for her career while leading the Bucknell women's basketball team to a 75-55 win over Army West Point on Wednesday at Christl Arena. The Bison closed the regular season at 21-8 overall and 15-3 in the Patriot League, and will take an 11-game winning streak into the conference tournament.
Bucknell will be the two seed in the Patriot League Tournament and will host the winner of seventh-seeded Holy Cross and 10th-seeded Colgate at Sojka Pavilion on Monday. The Crusaders and Raiders will play their first round game on Saturday.
The Bison never trailed in the game due in large part to phenomenal shooting from the foul line. They were 23-of-24 from the stripe, while the Black Knights went 10-of-19.
“It was an impressive performance from our group tonight, and it really has been for the last month and a half,” Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell said. “This team has jelled over the past two months, and we are playing our best basketball of the season at the right time.”
Slagus hit from all over the court, going 8-of-11 from the field, 2-of-2 from beyond the arc, and 7-of-7 from the line. She scored her 1,000th point on a free throw that put the Bison up 72-47 with 2:51 remaining in the game, and then added another to give her 1,001.
It was far from a guarantee that Slagus would reach the scoring milestone Wednesday. She entered the game needing 24 points, and her previous career high was 22. She had 12 entering the fourth quarter before adding 13 in a span of four minutes, 47 seconds.
“Slagus was solid all night, but that stretch in the second half was about as good as she has played in her career,” Roussell said. “It was an impressive way to grab a memorable milestone.”
Bucknell shot 57 percent from the field and finished with a 36-26 advantage on the boards in a battle of the top two rebounding teams in the league. The Bison had 10 players score in the game and had nine with a rebound. Kate Walker contributed seven points and eight boards, while Catherine Romaine and Autumn Ceppi contributed six and five points, respectively. Rachel Dumiak and Gia Hayes chipped in with four points apiece.
“We had some problems with the press and turned it over more than we would have liked, but we got a lot of great shots on the back end of it which turned into big points for us,” Roussell said.
Army dropped to 16-14 overall and 9-9 in league play. The Black Knights will be the fifth seed in the conference tournament and will play at fourth-seeded Lehigh on Monday.
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